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Maine Museums Visit a Maine Museum to gain a wealth of knowledge about the Pine Tree state. Maine features dozens of interesting museums; from art museums, history museums, oceanic museums, auto museums, antique train museums and award-winning children’s museums.

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Ogunquit Playhouse
Ogunquit Playhouse, 10 Main Street, US Route 1, Ogunquit, ME 03907 | Downtown Box Office 207-646-5511
America's Foremost Summer Theater began in a renovated garage in Ogunquit's town square in 1933. Ogunquit Playhouse is dedicated to producing the finest shows ever to appear on Broadway stages. Visit the web site to see this years show schedule and purchase tickets online.
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York Wild Kingdom, York Maine
York's Wild Kingdom, P.O. Box 1139, York Beach, ME 03910 | 207-363-4911
 New England's Only Zoo AND Amusement Park. A family oriented zoo and amusement park conveniently located in York Beach, Maine. Stroll and view a large number of beautifully landscaped animal exhibits; numerous rides for all ages plus food and ice cream stands, gift shops and so more. A day of family fun and walking distance to a clean sandy beach! View dozens of live animals from near and far. Sorry, Pets are not allowed in the Zoo but are allowed (on leash) in the Amusement Park. Open Seasonally May-Sept. View website for details and hours.
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Maine Diner Wells Maine
Maine Diner, 2265 Post Road (US Route 1),Wells, ME 04090 | 207-646-4441
Featured on "The Today Show", Phantom Gourmet, Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" and others. Maine blueberry pancakes, pies, lunch and dinner specials and more. World Famous Food Like Grandma Used To Make. Try Maine Diner's famous Lobster Pie, Seafood Chowder, Codfish Cakes. Breakfast anytime. Remember the Maine Gift Shoppe, Maine Products. Open Daily at 7AM..
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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Off Barters Island Road, Boothbay, ME 04537 | 207-633-8000
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a natural wonder of shorefront on the mid-coast Maine. Stroll 270 acres through spectacular ornamental gardens and miles of waterfront and woodland trails. Beautiful foliage, plantings, impressive stonework, waterfalls and fountains, and scenic views. One of Maine's top attractions. The Gardens are open 9-5 April 15 - October 31 (open until 6 pm in July and August). There is a cafe and gift shop on site.
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Maine and Ivy, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Maine & Ivy, 26 Townsend Street, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 | 207-315-6458
We are located in downtown Boothbay Harbor, Maine. We celebrate the timeless fashion of "The New England Preppy Lifestyle", but with a modern twist! After all, we believe in vintage style, not vintage values! And, yes, pearls do go with everything!
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Warren's Lobster House
Warren's Lobster House, 11 Water Street / U.S. Route 1, Kittery, Maine 03904 | 207-439-1630
Warren's is a "destination restaurant" known far and wide. All entrees on our extensive menu include the "Seacoast’s Finest Salad Bar" featuring over sixty items. Warren's offers the area’s largest selection of lobster entrees along with great seafood, steak and chicken specialties served in a comfortable and casual family atmosphere. Free valet parking service is provided "in season".
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Maine MuseumsExploring the Rich Heritage: A Guide to Maine Museums

Maine, the northeasternmost state in the United States, boasts a vibrant cultural scene and a rich historical legacy. From its picturesque coastal towns to its charming inland cities, Maine is home to a remarkable array of museums that cater to diverse interests. In this article, we will delve into planning a Maine museum vacation, explore museums by region, and highlight some of the most popular museums in the state. Get ready to embark on an enlightening journey through Maine’s cultural treasures.

Planning a Maine Museum Vacation:

Research and Map Out Your Interests: Begin by identifying the specific types of museums that interest you, such as art, history, maritime, science, or specialty museums. Consider the time you have available and the regions you wish to visit to help you plan your itinerary.

Plan for Diverse Experiences: Maine offers a wide range of museum experiences, from small and intimate collections to large, renowned institutions. Consider including a mix of museums that provide different perspectives on Maine’s history, heritage, and artistic traditions.

Check Opening Hours and Admission Costs: Before finalizing your plans, check the operating hours and admission fees of the museums you intend to visit. Some museums may have specific days or times when they offer discounted or free entry.

Allow for Flexibility: While planning, be sure to leave room for spontaneous discoveries. Maine is home to numerous hidden gems and smaller museums that might not be widely known but offer unique and intriguing exhibits.

Maine Museums by Region:

  • Southern Coast and Portland Area:

Portland Museum of Art: Showcasing a vast collection of American, European, and contemporary art.
Maine Historical Society & Museum: Explores the rich history and cultural heritage of Maine through exhibits and artifacts.
Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine: Offers interactive and educational exhibits for children of all ages.

  • Mid-Coast:

Maine Maritime Museum (Bath): Celebrates Maine’s seafaring past with engaging exhibits, shipbuilding demonstrations, and boat tours.
Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland): Features a substantial collection of American art, with a focus on Maine artists, including works by Andrew Wyeth.
Acadia and Downeast Region:

Abbe Museum (Bar Harbor): Delves into the history, culture, and contemporary life of Maine’s Native American communities.
Seal Cove Auto Museum: Showcases a remarkable collection of antique automobiles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Western Lakes and Mountains:

Maine Mineral and Gem Museum (Bethel): Highlights Maine’s geological wonders, including rare minerals and gemstones.
Rufus Porter Museum (Bridgton): Commemorates the life and works of Rufus Porter, a renowned 19th-century artist and inventor.

Most Popular Museums in Maine:

  • Portland Museum of Art: Renowned for its extensive collection of American, European, and contemporary art, including works by Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper.
  • Maine Maritime Museum (Bath): A must-visit for maritime enthusiasts, offering exhibits on shipbuilding, lobstering, and the state’s nautical history.
  • Maine State Museum (Augusta): Provides an in-depth exploration of Maine’s natural and cultural heritage through exhibits on archaeology, industry, and the state’s indigenous peoples.
  • Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville): Showcases an impressive collection of American and contemporary art, including pieces by Alex Katz and Georgia O’Keeffe.

A Maine museum vacation offers a remarkable blend of art, history, science, and cultural exploration. Whether you are captivated by art masterpieces, intrigued by maritime history, or eager to learn about Maine’s indigenous communities, the state’s diverse museums will cater to your interests. So plan your itinerary, pack your curiosity, and embark on a fascinating journey through the museums of Maine, where the past and present converge in inspiring ways.

Maine Museums by Region


Discover Maine Museums by region. Aroostook, Downeast, Katahdin, Kennebec, Lakes, Mid-Coast, Portland and South-Coast.

Aroostook ME Museums
Fort Kent, Houlton, Presque Isle
Downeast & Acadia ME Museums
Bar Harbor, Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Eastport, Lubec, Cherryfield, Machias
Katahdin & Moosehead ME Museums
Bangor, Brewer, Greenville, Lincoln, Millinocket, Orono
Kennebec & Moose River ME Museums
Augusta, Skowhegan, Waterville, The Forks
Lakes & Mountains ME Museums
Auburn, Lewiston, Norway, Bethel, Farmington, Naples
Midcoast ME Museums
Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Rockland, Brunswick, Belfast, Searsport
Greater Portland ME Museums
Portland, Freeport, Yarmouth, Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth
South Coastal Maine Museums
Biddeford, Kennebunk, Kittery, Ogunquit, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Wells, York

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