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Maine's Hidden Heritage: Discover These 20 Rural Museums and Exceptional Collections

Seeking a new Maine museum experience? Get off the beaten path and discover these hidden cultural gems in rural Maine, including museums, historic homes and a vast array of remarkable collections that will surprise and delight. From minerals and meteorites that showcase Maine’s unique geologic history to the quaint home of the only active Shaker community in the world, there are stories to hear, hands-on activities to experience and beauty to take in. Be sure to visit the museums’ websites for seasonal hours – many offer family-friendly tours, events and workshops.

  1. Stanley Museum (Kingfield)
  2. Castine Historical Society (Castine)
  3. Margaret Chase Smith Library (Skowhegan)
  4. Nordica Homestead Museum (Farmington)
  5. The Tides Institute & Museum of Art (Eastport)
  6. Wilhelm Reich Museum (Rangeley)
  7. L.C. Bates Museum (Hinckley)
  8. Outdoor Heritage Museum (Oquossoc)
  9. Maine Mineral & Gem Museum (Bethel)
  10. Shaker Village (Sabbathday Lake)
  11. Monhegan Museum of Art & History (Monhegan Island)
  12. Washburn-Norlands Living History Center (Livermore)
  13. The Moosehead Historical Society & Museums (Greenville)
  14. Old York Historical Society (York)
  15. Patten Lumbermen’s Museum (Patten)
  16. Poland Spring Preservation Society (Poland Spring)
  17. Ruggles House (Columbia Falls)
  18. Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity (Bridgton)
  19. Wendell Gilley Museum (Southwest Harbor)
  20. Acadian Village (Van Buren)

Looking for more Maine museums? Visit Maine Archives and Museums or the Maine Art Museum Trail.

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