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Maine Historical Society

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRESERVING HISTORY
ENGAGING MINDS
CONNECTING MAINE

Exhibitions & Museum

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The MHS Museum features changing exhibitions and programs spanning more than twelve centuries of life in Maine. Drawing from the extensive collections of the Maine Historical Society, original exhibits feature art, artifacts, documents, stories, and textiles which vividly bring Maine history to life.

Below you will find information about our current exhibitions. Additional information is available on our current exhibits page. Past exhibitions are described on the past exhibitions page and are often available (along with countless digital exhibitions) via the Maine Memory Network.

All exhibitions are located at 489 Congress Street in Portland, unless otherwise noted.

What to expect during the age of COVID-19?

For all current information, please visit our seasonal hours and COVID-19 related information page.

Gallery admission is through a timed ticketing process. View current hours and purchase tickets online from our Visit Us page.

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Current Exhibitions

Northern Threads exhibit logo

NORTHERN THREADS: Two Centuries of Dress at Maine Historical Society
Part I: Clothing circa 1780–1889 : March 16–July 30, 2022
Part II: Clothing circa 1890–1980 : August 12–December 31, 2022
Tickets not available July 31-August 11. See details.

Cosmopolitan Stylings graphic

Cosmopolitan Stylings of Mildred and Madeleine Burrage
May 25–September 24, 2022

John Martin's 19th century fashion illustrations graphic

Representing every particular: John Martin's 19th century fashion illustrations
March 16–August 6, 2022

Past Exhibitions

Visit the Past Exhibitions page to see Maine Historical Society’s museum exhibitions since 1993, and experience digital versions of selected shows archived on Maine Memory Network.

Collections

Museum Collections

Search the collections database

The Museum's diverse collection of over 20,000 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.

To donate collections, please see the donating historical items page.

Search the collections database to research within museum objects, photographs. The database also includes a selection of records for autograph letters, architectural drawings, and newspapers. The collections database is always a work in progress, please connect with collections staff for up to date information at collections@mainehistory.org.

Research

Museum Collections

Research access to the museum collections is available by appointment and is subject to availability.

Contact the Collections Manager & Registrar at (207) 774–1822 x210 or collections@mainehistory.org for more information.

Donating Historical Items

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