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Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Brunswick

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4.5/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
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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  • Tiny but fun Admiral Peary Museum is free, and has some good insights into exploring the North Pole - good for families! 
  • Tucked into an older building on the Bowdoin campus, it seems likely that many tourists in Maine never come across this small museum. That would be a pity as the contents are unusual and quite interes...  read more »
  • Interesting little museum. Not very well labeled to find but has lots of interesting little exhibits. Not very hands on but plenty of things to read. Only took about 39 minutes to peruse. 
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