5787 Museum Barn, 12 Portage RoadOrono, MEPhone: 207-581-4100
This museum is part of the University of Maine, and its mission is to describe industry, agriculture, economy, and lives of rural Maine farmers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Centerpiece of the property is the three-story, post and beam Maine Experiment Station barn, built in 1833. Also on the farm and museum property are the 1855 Chute Schoolhouse, the Winston E. Pullen Carriage House and the blacksmith shop. A garden containing herbs, flowers, and vegetables that were grown from 1865 to 1940 is on the property. The museum contains the state’s most important collection of farm technologies and artifacts of rural culture.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Maine Forest and Logging Museum
54 Government RoadBradley, ME, 04411Phone: 207-974-6278
The museum is dedicated to keeping alive the forest history of long ago for the present day citizens of Maine. The centerpiece of the museum is Leonard's Mills, a reconstructed logging and mill community of the 1790s. Programs feature volunteers in period dress demonstrating traditional skills and crafts. Events include living history days and summer programs. Group tours can be scheduled.
Hours: The Museum is open daily from April through October for self-guided tours; the nature trails are open year round.
Cost: Fee charged only for special events.
Small museum focuses on Maine's vibrant Native American culture and history. There is a gift shop on the premises.
Hours: Year-round, daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Patten Lumberman's Museum
Waters RoadPatten, ME, 04765Phone: 207-528-2650
The museum documents Maine logging history by preserving the logging heritage and accomplishments of early inhabitants of the state of Maine. Exhibits include some of Maine's most notable contributions to the early mechanization of logging, including the Lombard Steam Hauler, Lombard Gas Hauler, and the Peavey Cant Dog.
Hours: June, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; July to October 7, Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults (over age 12), $78; seniors, $7; children at 6-11, $3.
Maine State Museum
230 State StreetAugusta, ME, 04333Phone: 207-287-2301
The museum describes Maine’s 12,000-plus years of history, from the paleo-Indians to the first European explorers; homes, shops, and mills where Mainers have lived and worked for centuries; and the factories, ships, and farms that are an integral part of the state’s history.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays from late June to late November, 1-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $2; children age 6-18, $1; family maximum, $6.
Maine Discovery Museum
74 Main StreetBangor, MEPhone: 207-262-7200
This museum, in the heart of Bangor, is filled with interesting and educational things to do with kids at all age levels. Seven permanent exhibits invite children to explore nature, geography, children's literature, music, art, science and anatomy. Among the exhibits are: Nature Trails, to explore Maine's ecosystem along a 20-foot waterway; TradeWinds, a new exhibit about Maine's global connections to Brazil, Japan, and Italy; Booktown, a village where every doorway leads into the pages of a Maine children's literary classic; Sounds Abound, exploring the world of music in a sound studio. Hours: Open year-round; closed on Mondays. Hours vary by season; consult museum website Information: www.mainediscoverymuseum.org