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Maine State Museum, Augusta

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The Maine State Museum is the official Maine government's museum and is located at 230 State Street, adjacent to the Maine State House, in Augusta. The current director of the Museum is Bernard Fishman.Labor history mural controversyIn January 2013, the Museum agreed to display the controversial labor mural removed from the Maine Department of Labor's lobby by Governor Paul LePage in 2011. Fishman had approached the Department of Labor about displaying the mural after its own search for a location on its property was not successful. A spokeswoman for the Department of Labor stated that the new location would have better security and more viewership. The governor and the artist, Judy Taylor, approved of the new location.The agreement between the Department of Labor and the Museum provides for a three-year, renewable loan. The department retains ownership of the mural, as transferring ownership would require federal approval because federal money was used to finance it. The Museum hopes to make the mural a part of its collection.
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  • Maine resident of 38 years and first time visiting. Needed to fill some time while in the area and decided to check this out. Very interesting with lots to see and learn. Will return with my kids for ...  more »
  • We spent over three hours touring this outstanding museum and learned a lot bout the State of Maine. It was a very informative and educational experience. It is very well laid out to show the history ...  more »
  • Enjoyed this place many times, when the kids were young. Also took some of my out of state friend, when they were visiting. Relaxing way to learn about Maine.  more »
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  • This place is outstanding! Filled with everything you'd want to know about Maine and is extremely well done. This is a museum you would expect to see in a higher-end location like Boston. So much to see. Good staff. Can't say enough about how great it is and so cost affective. Props for the wonderful contribution to Maine history
  • Great museum for everyone and just the right size before young children get bored. You can't beat the price. $3 for adults and under 5 free.
  • The Maine State Museum is an extensive collection, four floors of beautifully done displays on scientific, historic and cultural topics. Admission is just a few dollars. Highly recommended!
  • We love coming here. We have gone many times over the years with our 3 kids and no matter what age they are they still love it. It is a quick little trip to get out of the house. You also can't beat the price- Adults $3.00, Children ages 6-18 $2.00, Children under 6 free with a maximum family charge of $10.00. Its a great place to go and wander around for a few hours and learn some pretty interesting facts/history about the great state of Maine.
  • Fun and interesting small museum. The small gauge steam engine and shipwreck just inside the door alone are worth the price of admission.

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