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Arts & Culture

Children's Museums

A play supermarket in the Children's Museum of Maine.

A play supermarket in the Children's Museum of Maine.

Photo Credit: Peter Dutton

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Help your family see what it's like to live in Maine by taking them to one of the state's children's museums. Four museums are devoted solely to children: The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, in Portland; the Maine Discovery Museum, in Bangor; the Children's Discovery Museum, in Augusta; and the Coastal Children's Museum in Rockland.

Those children's museums - or at family-friendly exhibits at Maine's other museums - provide your kids with many ways to explore about our state. They can pretend to visit a Maine campground; captain a lobster boat and learn about the state's fishing heritage; or fell trees deep in the Maine woods and practice sustainable forestry. They can reach into touch tanks stocked with sea critters, discover native animals and birds and explore Maine's ecosystem along a 20-foot waterway.

Your children can also learn about the state's ties to some of America's most noted children's book authors and illustrators, including E. B. White (Charlotte's Web), Barbara Cooney (Miss Rumphius), Robert McCloskey (Blueberries for Sal), Margaret Wise Brown (Good Night Moon) and Dahlov Ipcar (illustrator of Brown's The Little Fisherman and author/illustrator of Dahlov Ipcar's Maine Alphabet).