Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Brunswick

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The Peary–MacMillan Arctic Museum is a museum located in Hubbard Hall at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Named after Arctic explorers and Bowdoin College graduates Robert E. Peary (Class of 1877) and Donald B. MacMillan (Class of 1898), it is one of two museums in the United States dedicated completely to Arctic Studies.HistoryBowdoin College’s historic relationship with the Arctic dates back to 1860, when a group of Bowdoin students accompanied one professor on a research trip to Labrador and West Greenland. Peary and MacMillan made many trips to the Arctic, together and separately. Bowdoin students also accompanied MacMillan on several expeditions in the early-to-mid-20th century. To this day, professors and students of the college continue to travel to the Arctic to pursue research.The Peary–MacMillan Arctic Museum was made possible by generous donations from the Class of 1925, George B. Knox (Class of 1929), and other alumni and friends. The Museum was dedicated in 1967, and MacMillan attended the opening that same year.Established in 1985, the Arctic Studies Center links the resources of the museum and the library with teaching and research efforts, and hosts lectures, workshops, and educational outreach projects. "Through course offerings, field research programs, employment opportunities, and special events, the Arctic Studies Center promotes anthropological, archaeological, geological, and environmental investigations of the North."ExhibitionsThe Arctic Museum's exhibitions focus on different aspects of the Arctic, ranging from natural life, such as plants and animals, to cultural life of people native to the Arctic region. Artifacts in the Museum's collection include Peary and MacMillan's expedition equipment, anthropologic objects, Inuit art, films, archival papers, publications, and natural history specimens. The Museum's exhibitions now change approximately every two years to show as much of the collection as possible.
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  • I had time to kill before my scheduled tour of the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain house -- which IS terrific! -- so I took a quick 1/2 an hour to visit the nearby Peary-MacMillan Museum. I was hoping to ...  more »
  • I brought my 3rd grade class to the Peary Macmillan Museum for field trips while studying the Arctic. The docents are well informed and the displays are constantly being updated and give a wonderful u...  more »
  • This is small museum hidden away in a building at Bowdoin College. Very well done. A bit old school with stuffed polar bears and such. However, it tells the story well of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Ex...  more »
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  • Filled with fascinating information about the Arctic, past and present. Gorgeous Inuit art.
  • Very interesting museum, lots of interesting exhibits and displays, though a little tricky to find hiding inside the bowdoin college campus.
  • This is a small and free museum. It is located in a department of Bowdoin College.
  • Great collection of classic arctic exploration artifacts

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