Maine Historical Society



Maine Historical Society Museum

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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.

Current Exhibitions

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400 Years of New Mainers
February 4 through May 30, 2016
MHS Gallery

This exhibition highlights personal stories of immigration through photographer Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest's contemporary portraits of "New Mainers" and original works by street artist Pigeon displayed among items from MHS's permanent collection. The show's narrative includes the centuries-long history of immigration in Maine. Read More.



Chase's Carry, 1911, MHS collection 1955, Henry L. Withee Collection

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.

Explore Past Exhibits.


Museum Collections

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 for the most complete and accurate research.


Museum Collections

Research access to the museum collections is available by appointment.

Contact the Chief Curator at (207) 774–1822 x236 or for more information.

Donating Historical Items

If you are considering donating historic material to the Maine Historical Society museum or library, please read our donation guidelines, and review the MHS Collections Management Policy.