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“Lots of Arctic info”

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum
Ranked #5 of 29 things to do in Brunswick
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Owner description: Museum dedicated to two Bowdoin College alumni who explored the Artic.
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Lots of information on the arctic and its people and animals. Several mounts of arctic animals. Interesting to consider the hardships endured by the explorers.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Small museum with a lot of fascinating information about the Arctic, its people and their lifeways, its animals, its natural history. There are oral histories given first-hand by Inuit people and guides to pronouncing Inuit words, samples of Inuit clothing and equipment, mounted specimens of Arctic animals (musk ox and the like). I have a strong interest in Native cultures so for me, this was great. There isn't as much on the Peary expeditions to the Arctic (by the way, many historians believe he never reached the actual North Pole). I was pleased to see a good deal of information on Peary's right-hand man, Matthew Henson, an African-American who accompanied him on many of his Arctic voyages. There is a video of a TV interview Henson gave later in life. When I visited there was a room under construction so we had to avoid that one room. My primary criticism of this otherwise fascinating museum is the use of a very poor font in the interpretive signage -- the font is "fancy" and hard to read. If they had used a better font I'd give the place four stars. It's free to get in, so there's no reason not to visit.

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

This is the type of museum that AAA travel guides would call a gem. Others reviewers are correct that it only takes a couple of hours but it is worth the effort. Location and opening hours at bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum/information. You can also get lunch at next door Moulton Union. If more adventerous you may want to take a boat from Portland to see Admiral Peary's restored home on Eagle Island, a Maine state park.

Thank MaineTom
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Located on the Bowdoin College campus, this is a niche museum well worth seeing — ah, if only it were bigger! Admiral Peary, an Arctic explorer, is an alumnus and one of the College's many claims to fame. The exhibits thoroughly document his death-defying exploits and those of his fellow explorers and his rivals in reaching the North Pole. Be sure to compare the differences between cold-weather gear used in Peary's day and what's used now. Also be sure to look over the stuffed samples of Arctic wildlife — particularly the polar bear that looms high overhead near the back of the museum space! And ponder the animation of changes in ice coverage on the Arctic Ocean! Entry is free. A token donation is welcome.

Thank mainemountainbear
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

Your visit won't take a lot of time, but the Bowdoin connection and the available artifacts are informative and stimulating.

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