The Best Museums to Visit in Maine

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Ready to see some of the best museums in Maine? From art and history museums to museums just for children, these are all worth checking out during your visit in Maine!

The Seal Cove Auto Museum

If you are a car fanatic, The Seal Cove Auto Museum is one place you will want to be sure to visit. When you visit, you’ll be able to see over 50 different antique and historic motorcycles, automobiles, and bicycles from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s.  As a bonus, the museum shows off some of the vintage clothing and accessories from back in the day and shares exciting stories about that time in history.

Maine Maritime Museum

The Maine Maritime Museum is one of the most visited museums in Maine and dedicated to teaching Maine’s maritime heritage and culture. The Maine Maritime Museum offers indoor and outdoor exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages. You can even take one of the daily cruises to see some of Maine’s most iconic lighthouses and get up close and personal to see the Navy vessels. 

Maine Discovery Museum

With hands-on activities and interactive exhibits, the Maine Discovery Museum is all about learning through play. It’s one of the largest children’s museums in the north and allows children to explore the worlds of nature, literature, art, anatomy, music, science, and more. If you can visit in March, one activity you will want to attend is the Maine Science Festival where kids will get to learn and celebrate the national and world-leading science that has been brought by fellow Maine residents.

Portland Museum of Art

Nationally renowned art exhibits make the Portland Museum of Art so special to those in the arts and has been for more than 130 years. American, Contemporary, and European art is on display for all to enjoy. You can also learn about the history of art in Maine and experience art like you haven’t before with the immersive opportunities and programs available.

Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

An amazing place to visit and a place the kids will adore, the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine has a lot to offer everyone who visits. As children make their way through the museum, they will get to explore some of the best science, visual arts, and culture activities and lessons through hands-on experiences and interactive exhibits. 

Owl Head Transportation Museum

Another hit for car or plane fanatics, and everything in between! We took the girls to the Owl Head Transportation Museum last winter, while on the Maine Escapes trip with Maine Tourism. What a cool place!! It was a big hit for the entire family! And if you visit during the summer, they even offer plane rides! You can see more about our visit here.

The Wilson Museum

With a series of exhibits from Africa and Europe, The Wilson Museum showcases early weapons and ship models from various cultures. There are also materials and displays that showcase how far we have come with our ability to make tools since the Paleolithic age. Each summer the museums hosts special exhibits providing you with even more interesting and historic finds. 

Maine’s Paper & Heritage Museum

Get a chance to explore the legacy of Maine’s paper business through fun and interactive exhibits and activities. Maine’s Paper & Heritage Museum is committed to preserving the history of the paper industry, how paper was made, and the local mills that helped create such a booming business for the local community.

Whether you are a history buff or just like to enjoy learning about some of the most interesting facts, these museums are all worth a visit, and will be a hit for the entire family! I hope you enjoy! And if you have any other favorite Maine Museums, let me know in the comments!

XO Amy

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