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Maine Granite Industry Museum

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Address: 62 Beech Hill Crossroad, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660
Phone Number: +1 207-244-7299
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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A non-profit (your donation is tax deductible) organization dedicated to...

A non-profit (your donation is tax deductible) organization dedicated to collecting and preserving any and all historic information and artifacts pertaining to the granite industry of Maine. In the museum you will find hundreds of old tools that were used in the industry, photos of the quarries in operation and the buildings and monuments which were erected from Maine's beautiful granites. Curator and founder Steven Haynes is there to guide you through this once important history of our state.

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Granite is hard to understand

The granite museum has great collection of tools and pieces of rough and unfinished granite from Maine and across the USA.the guide is a granite cutter and polisher and has a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
slarson127
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Dover, New Hampshire
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Dover, New Hampshire
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The granite museum has great collection of tools and pieces of rough and unfinished granite from Maine and across the USA.the guide is a granite cutter and polisher and has a lifetime of granite stories to share.the myseum is rough with old granite sheds but the visitor appreciates the huge manpower needed to mine and work granite. granite is truly... More 

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tucked away gem of a museum has an owner/curator who has an infectious passion for granite. So informative and makes learning about the different types of granite and how it's formed entertaining. Highly recommend a visit!

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Lufkin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is chocked full of info about something you probably never knew you were interested in! It's located in a single, small warehouse-type building in an out-of-the-way setting - definitely not something you would ordinarily pass by - but so worth a visit if you're interested in learning new things. The man who guided us through the exhibits is... More 

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Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

A small museum, but a huge storehouse of information and displays. Excellent explanation of the morphological origins of the islands treasure house of granite. Great displays of mining history, the historic uses and the great buildings that this stone has been used in. We enjoyed our visit and recommend it to you.

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1 Thank Michael S
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Outstanding focus on Maine's granite industry, which provided the material for so many great buildings and structures. Wonderful assemblage of period photos, stone working tools, geologic and geographic maps of the scores of former quarry locations. Also polished specimens from most of the quarries showing the color variations from quarry to quarry. This museum is a little gem and definitely... More 

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is one of my most favorite island activities! Great in good or bad weather. Steve Haynes, founder and curator, is a true character! He always takes time with visitors - very welcoming and passionate about his museum. This museum is great for school groups if you plan in advance. Steve has prepared many visual and hands-on activities for students... More 

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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Went here with my 9 year-old grandsons. Thought that they would be bored, but I was so wrong. Steve got them to help with splitting a large granite rock, which they loved. The small museum is worth spending some time in, and you will come away with a great understanding of this industry.

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This tiny one room museum contains a treasure trove of tools, photographs, stories, and stone samples collected over a life time by the museum's founder and curator Steve Baynes. Our interest in the area's granite industry was piqued because we were staying in a cabin in Hall's Quarry overlooking Somes Sound where there was much evidence of past quarrying practices.... More 

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Palm Bay, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The Maine Granite Industry Museum is an outstanding view into the history of this industry. Steve is extremely knowledgable and very personable. Highly recommend.

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Ellsworth, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

I do know the owner personally as we hostes two craft shows. He does beautiful work. Clocks inside of smoothed granite. Granite is the state of Maine's official stone. Wortha visit during your time in the area.

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