Project Puffin Visitor Center

Project Puffin Visitor Center, Rockland: Hours, Address, Project Puffin Visitor Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Project Puffin Visitor Center

Project Puffin Visitor Center
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Project Puffin Visitor Center celebrates the success of Project Puffin in bringing puffins and other rare Maine seabirds back to historic nesting islands. Here the public can view puffins and other seabirds in real time through a remarkable video system that delivers live video to the Center. If time permits, a 20 minute documentary film can be viewed which educates visitors about the success and challenges faced by Audubon and its conservation partners to restore and protect the seabirds on Maine islands. Exhibits such as a puffin burrow and an exact replica of a observation "hide" are ways kids can learn about the success of the project. Informed staff can answer questions about puffin watching trips. Come and enjoy the many fun, educational, and interactive exhibits, programs, and activities for people of all ages.
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o2bretired64
Atlanta, GA12 contributions
Sep 2021
Visited during a September 2021 trip up the Maine coast. It's a small facility, but really worth the time to learn more about the efforts to save Puffin habitat. As so often is the case, the law of unintended consequences (and lack of understanding of the complexity of their nesting habits) caused a sharp drop in the population. The efforts described in the excellent movie are working. Worth your support.
Written November 29, 2021
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T_P_M_NY
Cortland, NY142 contributions
The Project Puffin Visitor's Center (PPVC) is a cute little shop on Main Street in Rockland, ME. Your best bet for visiting is in the summer, however the center does have hours during the off -season as well. Please visit http://www.projectpuffin.org for store hours and details. The PPVC is run by the non-profit organization Project Puffin, and carries all kinds of puffin gifts and novelties.

The Center, in addition to selling puffin-themed gifts, celebrates the success of Project Puffin in bringing puffins and other rare Maine seabirds back to historic nesting islands. Here the public can view puffins and other seabirds in real time through a remarkable video system that delivers live video to the Center. Visitors can also learn about the success and challenges faced by Audubon and its conservation partners to restore and protect the seabirds on Maine islands and beaches. An all-around educational and fun stop in your travels!
Written February 2, 2009
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Rebekajean
The Woodlands, TX1,074 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
We were on our way up the coast of Maine when Hubby spotted the small Puffin Project Visitors Center in Rockland and we screeched to a halt. My first sight of one of these colorful stocky animated birds was in Alaska, from a boat taking pictures of a Puffin flying beside us and I immediately fell in love. Project Puffin re-established the Atlantic Puffin colony off the coast of Maine and several local boat tours will take you on a Puffin watching cruise. The visitor center is small but extremely informative. A gift shop, clean bathroom and a small class room where they offer a short documentary on the project, the staff can answer any questions you have about these amazing birds and other birds being re-established along Maine's coast. We were lucky to have come the first night they were open until 7pm and got a private showing along with every question in my mind answered thoroughly. To my delight, the young man showing the documentary was one of the Naturalists who provide information on the Audubon Puffin Watches. After our visit to the Project Puffin Visitors Center, I can’t wait to take a Puffin watching cruise from Boothbay Harbor out to Eastern Egg Rock.
Written July 10, 2016
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Karen R
Camden, ME3 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
I'm being a jerk giving this a 1-star rating because I checked all over their website and there was nothing indicating it was closed due to the covid virus. We had to drive all the way there only to see the sign that the facility was closed. That's fine and it's closed I get it; however, I don't understand why they can't just put a banner on the website.
Written July 17, 2020
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Circumspect
Washington DC, DC130 contributions
Aug 2013 • Friends
A hole in the wall, but worth a quick stop. The gift shop in the front is unique BUT be sure to follow the long corridor back to their video room and walls of displays - that's what makes this a worthwhile short stop. The volunteers/interns are all passionate about their work and its contagious.
Written November 11, 2013
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Joanne T
upstate new york254 contributions
Aug 2012
The Puffin place is neat...but you have to pay to get in and that takes some of the flavor out of it. THe gift shop is free to get into, tho'. THe exhibit is nice and the cause is wonderful (The puffins are so wonderful to look at and watch - be sure to take a cruise to actually see them!!!).
Written May 5, 2013
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The Project Puffin Visitor Center is apart of the National Audubon Society, which is a non-profit organization. To visit the puffin center there is no admission fee, although we do have a suggested donation. Here at the puffin center we understand not everyone can monetarily support the project, therefore coming in and learning about our efforts and spreading our message is one of the BEST ways to help support us.
Written August 31, 2016
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Wynne K
Jefferson, ME86 contributions
Dec 2012 • Couples
Staff was helpful, video very good, nice puffin art on the walls (and for sale), map of puffin restoration sites. Takes about 20 minutes to see the video, 10 more to browse the few objects and the gift shop. We learned a lot and hope to take a boat trip to see a breeding site one day. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
Written December 12, 2012
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James S
Sitges, Spain7,805 contributions
Jun 2012 • Solo
I can't say enough about their great work and commitment to bringing back the puffin to the Maine coast. If this review was for their work alone, I would gladly give them five stars.
However the museum is really lacking in focus and story telling. Mostly it's a movie playing in the back room. The movie is poorly made and not very interesting. They have a few exhibits back there, but you can't see them as it's dark when the movie is running! Also there were kids playing on some hide and find blocks during the movie. It was hard to hear with the kids playing in the same room!
They do have some nice things in their gift shop and they lady working the counter knew a lot about puffins and was able to answer a lot of questions.
Again they do great work, but honestly this museum is a joke. If you want to learn about the puffins and how they are coming back to Maine I suggest you take a puffin cruise that will take you around their breeding islands.
Written July 1, 2012
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TD_Cincy
Seabrook Island, SC22 contributions
Jun 2011 • Friends
Puffin Project has a short film (15-20 minutes) about the depletion of the puffins on the Maine coastal islands, and the repopulation efforts. Very interesting! the gift shop has fun stuff that you don't see elsewhere. Worth a stop!
Written August 7, 2011
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steve and karen
Maine29 contributions
Sep 2019
although small in size, viewing the video was enjoyable and informative of what has been accomplished in protecting these amazing birds. Staff was very pleasant and helpful. Murals on bathroom wall was a part of the learning experience!
Written September 11, 2019
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