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Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum

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Address: Hubbard Hall, Brunswick, ME
Phone Number: 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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Cool way to see cold climes

Great family visit and interesting history with Peary's explorations. Nice collection of artifacts, art, and arctic culture. This makes a nice complement to the campus art... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2015
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Great family visit and interesting history with Peary's explorations. Nice collection of artifacts, art, and arctic culture. This makes a nice complement to the campus art museum. Also, complements a visit to Peary's summer home on Eagle island if you get the chance.

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Palo Alto, California
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We were visiting Bowdoin College for a tour, and found this museum. It is tiny, but packed with exhibits about Admiral Robert Peary and others associated with his exploration of the Arctic region and expeditions to the North Pole. It also has exhibits on the native tribes of the North. Definitely worth a visit for anyone interested in exploration, history,... More 

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Thank CaliforniaRamblin
Beverly, mass
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Arctic museum was fascinating with quite a collection and wealth of information from pioneers to the arctic. Beads from the Natives, Equipment used for the expeditions, and stories pictures, and articles all displayed and well organized. Well worth a stop here!!

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Thank Jake_MA_11
Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Everything on the Bowdoin College campus is lovely. The libraries, the art museum, the grounds the architecture and the history.

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Thank Lisa R
Heathsville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This is a small exhibit area in a college classrooms building. BUT it is very interesting - and well worth seeing IF you are in the area.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We made a destination visit to the Arctic Museum because we were about to embark on an Arctic Ocean adventure. At first, I found it a bit flat. It is old-style exhibiting, perhaps early 20th century; until the viewer adjusts to the presentation format, it is a bit obtuse. However, we thoroughly appreciated the experiences of the Peary-MacMillan exploration. BUT... More 

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Thank Nancy2005
Concord, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

At first I wasn't sure why in the world this museum was at Bowdoin College but it soon became apparent. Very interesting artifacts and photos.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I'm amazed at what these explorers put themselves through. I guess it helps to be a little crazy. Nice display of pics and artifacts from this expedition. Another good place on a rainy day.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

As fans of Arctic explorers, we went expecting a unique presentation of Bowdoin's connection with Peary and the Arctic. That it does. But the emphasis is primarily on a former president of the college and his Arctic travels; not so much Peary. My sense is it could benefit from better curation, as when we left we weren't sure what if... More 

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Brunswick, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

What an amazing array of artifacts. This is a very interesting display about Arctic exploration and the people who accomplished it. Children of all ages will love this place. We found it to be very informative and educational. We took our children when they were younger, and we still go there.

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