Maine Historical Society Museum
The MHS Museum features changing exhibitions and programs spanning more than five centuries of Maine life. Drawing from the extensive collections of the Maine Historical Society, original exhibits feature art, artifacts, and documents that vividly bring Maine history to life.
Below you will find information about our current exhibitions, but many of our past exhibitions live on in our Past Exhibits section. We hope you can visit our museum in person. Members receive free admission.
Designing Acadia: Creating Maine's National Park Experience
June 17, 2016 through January 14, 2017
For one hundred years, Acadia National Park has captured the American imagination and stood as the most recognizable symbol of Maine's important natural history and identity. Join us during Acadia's centennial anniversary year for an exploration of the landscape design that visitors continue to experience today. Read More.
Down the Allagash: Celebrating the Allagash Wilderness Waterway
Opens May 6, 2016. On view through June 26, 2016
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall
The wilderness of Maine has long been alluring to adventurers and nature lovers alike. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, a stunning stretch of wilderness in northern Maine. This exhibit highlights the rugged beauty of the Allagash through the experiences of Henry L. Withee and Horace A. Bailey, two friends who canoed the Allagash in July of 1911.
COMING SOON: Images of Destruction: Remembering the Great Portland Fire of 1866
June 30 through October 2, 2016
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall and Showcase Gallery
On July 4, 1866, fireworks caused a fire on the waterfront of Portland that quickly overtook much of the city. Photographs of the fire’s aftermath, memorial paintings, maps, and commemorative newspapers shown with objects that survived the fire will bring the visitor back to this pivotal time in Portland’s urban history. Read More
Explore Past Exhibits.
The Museum's diverse collection of over 15,000 artifacts includes paintings, prints, and other original works of art, clothing and textiles, decorative arts, Native American artifacts and archaeological material, toys, tools, glass and ceramics, political memorabilia, militaria, and industrial and domestic artifacts that illustrate life in Maine.
Search the collections database to see our museum objects, photographs, autograph letters, some architectural drawings, and newspapers. This is a work in progress; please contact MHS collections staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for the most complete and accurate research.
Research access to the museum collections is available by appointment.
Contact the Chief Curator at (207) 774–1822 x236 or email@example.com for more information.
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