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The Wilson Museum, Castine

4.5
#3 of 8 in Things to do in Castine
Specialty Museum Museum
Hours:

Open May 27 - September 30

Weekdays 10 AM - 5 PM

Saturday & Sunday 2 - 5 PM

John Perkins House and Blacksmith Shop

Open July and August 2-5 PM

Mission:

Building on the legacy of its founding family, the Wilson Museum uses its diverse collections and learning experiences to stimulate exploration of the natural history and cultures of the Penobscot Bay region and the world.

In addition to the museum itself, the campus includes the John Perkins House, a blacksmith shop, and other exhibit/demonstration buildings.

Free, with the exception of guided tours of the Perkins House which are $5 per person.
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  • Excellent place to visit, very interesting with lots of good exhibits. On the weekends they have a real working blacksmith and a person turning wood.  more »
  • Great collection, knowledgeable attendants, family friendly, and admission is free but donations are welcomed.  more »
  • Great stop on a rainy day. It's free so how can you complain. My son loves geology so the rock collection kept him busy for a long time.  more »
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  • A small gem of a museum with an eclectic collection. People often say that they're unsure of what the subject of the museum is supposed to be. The quick rundown is that there was a man named John Wilson who was an archeologist from Castine. He travelled across the world throughout his life to study different areas and cultures, and curing his travels collected a myriad of artifacts that he put on display in this museum. Since then, other artifacts have been donated, creating a collection that includes the entire world as well as Castine's little corner of it. The museum also features many activities for kids. On Wednesdays and Sundays in July and August there are blacks nothing and woodturning presentations, as well as tours of The Perkins House, which is the oldest house in Castine. It's a lovely place to visit on a rainy day (or on a sunny day lol).
  • Parents just returned from here. Fabulous! Better than the Native American Smithsonian Institute exhibit.
  • We enjoyed the house tour and the exploration of this small museum. House tour guide was very knowledgeable and very willing to answer any questions.
  • small museum. Worth a stop and fun for the kids. Treasure hunt for the family.

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