Maine State Museum, Augusta
Categories: Natural History Museums, History Museums, Museums
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.A visit to Maine State Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Augusta vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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My wife and I really enjoyed our 3-hours here. Great attention-to-detail, something for everyone, educational as well as entertaining. One of the most impressive history and cultural museums we've eve... read more »
We had a great time with a 16 year-old and a 7 year-old. There is plenty to see and amuse the different ages. I enjoyed it too!
What a fun museum, filled with so much to see about Maine through the ages. There is plenty of information to read, but it's not overwhelming and they have so many really nice displays and things to t... read more »
We have three kids ranging in age from 18 months to 8 years old and we all loved the museum. The last time I had been was in middle school and I loved it now as much as I did then. It's a great place to learn about the many different industries that Maine was know for, from coastal fishing, potatoes in the County to logging and textiles. All the kids loved seeing the animal exhibits as well.
This place is fantastic and they seem to always be adding new things.
The place was closed when I came by on Monday, but the statue of Samantha Smith made a deep impression on me.
Awesome place to learn all about the State of Maine
Only visited once but I loved it
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