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Address: Hubbard Hall, Brunswick, ME
Phone Number: +1 207-725-3416
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Museum dedicated to two Bowdoin College alumni who explored the Artic.

Museum dedicated to two Bowdoin College alumni who explored the Artic.

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Excellent displays

This is a very worthwhile visit and the displays are excellent. There is a small shop as well. If you are interested in the Arctic and polar exploration this is a must.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very worthwhile visit and the displays are excellent. There is a small shop as well. If you are interested in the Arctic and polar exploration this is a must.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting museum layout and lack of hands on exhibits mean that it is mainly for adults. Gives good picture of the various early explorers and life in the Arctic at the time. Worth a visit.

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Thank Ruth J
Concord, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Tiny but fun Admiral Peary Museum is free, and has some good insights into exploring the North Pole - good for families!

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Thank pepelevoo
Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

Tucked into an older building on the Bowdoin campus, it seems likely that many tourists in Maine never come across this small museum. That would be a pity as the contents are unusual and quite interesting. Artifacts from several expeditions to the arctic, along with excellent explanations of the local customs and history, give a terrific overview of early efforts... More 

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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

Interesting little museum. Not very well labeled to find but has lots of interesting little exhibits. Not very hands on but plenty of things to read. Only took about 39 minutes to peruse.

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Lakeland, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

Excellent coverage of Peary's expedition to the North Pole including Henson's role as the indispensable man, a man who was African American. I gave it a four rating only because of its limited scope.

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Thank BobbyBaum
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016

This is a small, free museum in Hubbard Hall on the Bowdoin campus. It houses some of the most interesting artifacts from Robert Peary and Donald MacMillan's expeditions to the Arctic. It contains natural artifacts, such as plants and animals (e.g narwhal, seals, etc.) and cultural artifacts from the Inuit people. There is also lots of equipment used on the... More 

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Thank Jane M
Harpswell, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016

Every summer i enjoy showing this museum to various guests. It is highly informative as well as entertaining. The museum has a nice flow featuring arctic artifacts and art work. Great explanations about the various artifacts that are easy ro read and comprehend. It is good for every age.

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Thank thymesrwo
Medford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

The museum is small but fascinating. It is located in a beautiful, old style building in the midst of the campus.

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Thank Donna R
Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

This information is packed with information on current and past research in the arctic. You can touch a narwhal's tusk and look at an ice core that has data from thousands of years ago. Overall, this was a great museum to stop and take a look at.

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