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 exhibits, but many of our past exhibits live on in our Past Exhibits section. We hope you can visit our museum first hand. Members receive free admission.
Wired: How Electricity Came to Maine
(June 22, 2012 through May 26, 2013)
Wired! represents a major institutional success story. Ten years ago we accepted the historical collections of the Central Maine Power Company, virtually a museum unto itself with over 4,000 objects and 300 feet of archival materials. Thanks to a major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services—and after 18 months of focused work—the collection is now fully processed.
Our exhibit draws from this collection, and introduces the rich and fascinating history of electrification in Maine. In addition to telling many wonderful stories, the exhibit will provide context for critical contemporary issues, including the politics and economics of sustainable energy. It will also feature the largest object every displayed in our museum: a four-ton turbine once used in Dennistown to generate electricity! Read More.
Maine Things: Recent Museum Acquisitions
(Opens March 1, 2013)
What do these things have in common? A Mt. Katahdin watercolor. A crayon-enhanced photograph of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. A needlework sampler by a 14-year-old. A Maine restaurant sign. 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 email@example.com for the most complete and accurate research.
Research access to the museum collections is available by appointment.
Contact the Curator at (207) 774–1822 x224 for more information.
Donating Historical Items