NileGuide Expert Says:
This museum does a great job of presenting a state's history in an interesting, entertaining light - well worth a visit for Augusta region visitors.
230 State Street
Augusta, ME 04330
The Maine State Museum offers a fascinating retrospective of Maine's rich history – from its settling by prehistoric Paleo-Indians to its rich lumber, fishing, industrial and technological legacies. The museum features a vast collection of artifacts detailing life and work in Maine over the centuries. Its public exhibits are especially well designed – both colorful and compelling and very accessible for adults and children. The museum's "Uncommon Threads: Wabanaki Textiles, Clothing and Costumes" bring together well preserved examples of the highly decorated textile arts produced by Maine's original inhabitants. The "Made in Maine" exhibit features a working, three-story tall woodworking mill. The "Maine Bounty" exhibit displays an 1846 steam locomotive to introduce visitors to the industries that made Maine famous. The museum offers a half to full day of intriguing exploration that will delight young and old alike.