History and Social Studies

Featured History Museums/Exhibits

Abbe Museum

At the Abbe Museum new downtown location, visitors find dynamic and stimulating exhibitions. The history and cultures of Maine‚Äôs Native American people, the Wabanaki, are showcased through changing exhibitions, special events, archaeology field schools and craft workshops. 26 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609. 207-288-3519. COST: Fee.... More Info

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Bangor Museum and History Center

159 Union Street, Bangor, ME 04401. 207-942-5766. Founded in 1864, the Bangor Historical Society has been collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of the Penobscot Valley for over 145 years. Fee.

Bar Harbor Whale Museum

52 West Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. 207-288-0288. Maine's only museum dedicated to the study and understanding of whales and seals common to the Gulf of Maine. Free.

Bethel Historical Society Regional History Center

10 Broad Street. Bethel, ME 04217. 207-824-2908. An independent, non-profit organization providing members and the general public with a doorway to the past from its Regional History Center in Bethel Hill village. Free/Fee.

Brick Store Museum

117 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043. 207-985-4802. Preserves the rich heritage of the Kennebunks for year-round residents, seasonal visitors and future generations through the collection, preservation, interpretation and exhibition of its material culture. Free.

Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site

2 Colonial Pemaquid Dr., New Harbor, ME 04554. 207-677-2423. The site includes an early 20th-century reconstruction of Fort William Henry and museum. Interpretive tours about the native people who camped on this once-remote peninsula dating back to the mid-1620s. Free.

Hudson Museum

5746 Maine Center for the Arts. Orono, MA. 207-581-1901. Located on the second level of the Collins Center for the Arts, the Museum features over 9000 sq. ft. of exhibition space with three galleries, including a gallery dedicated to the Natives of Maine. Free/Fee.

Maine Aviation Historical Society
Maine Air Museum

98 Maine Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401. 207-941-6757. Founded to collect, document and preserve the rich aviation history of the State of Maine. The museum building is a former Cold War Era missile assembly and maintenance facility. Fee.

Owls Head Transportation Museum

117 Museum Street, Owls Head, ME 04854. 207-594-4418. One of the finest collections of pioneer-era aircraft and automobiles in the world. Free/Fee.

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum

9500 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011-8495. 207-725-3416. The museum collections include Arctic exploration gear, natural history specimens, and art and anthropological material, produced primarily by the Inuit cultures of Labrador and Greenland. Call to schedule tour. Free.

Penobscot Marine Museum

5 Church Street, Searsport, ME 04974. 207-548-2529. The principal exhibits focus on the industry of Penobscot Bay in the 19th century and illustrate what it was like to live and work on square-rigged ships. Fee.

Portland Harbor Museum

510 Congress Street. Portland, ME. 207-773-3800. Located in the heart of Portland's central business and art district, this museum is a place to explore Portland's maritime history. Free/Fee.

Seal Cove Auto Museum

Mount Desert, ME 04660. 207-244-9242. Features a wide variety of antique autos, from an 1899 DeDion Bouton to a 1924 Mercer, with a special emphasis on examples from the "Brass Era" (1895-1917). Fee.

Seashore Trolley Museum

195 Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport, ME 04046. Tel: 207-967-2712. The oldest, largest electric railway museum in the world. The collection contains over 250 transit vehicles, most of them trolleys, from all over the United States, Canada, and many other countries. Fee.