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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


Help your family see what it's like to live in Maine by taking them to one of the state's children's museums. Three museums, all in convenient downtown locations, are devoted solely to children: The Children's Museum of Maine, in Portland; the Maine Discovery Museum, in Bangor; and the Children's Discovery Museum, in Augusta. You'll find interactive displays, programs and exhibits that offer unique opportunities for you and your family to learn about the state.

At some museums, your kids can pretend to stay at a Maine campground and experience the great outdoors,captain a lobster boat and learn about the state's fishing heritage,or fell trees deep in the Maine woods and practice sustainable forestry. At other museums, children 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).