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Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum

Hubbard Hall, Brunswick, ME
+1 207-725-3416
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Wonderful Little Museum

What a "snapshot" learning experience of Artic Exploration by Bowdoin grads. They hold many... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Laura P
Small but worth a visit

I had time to kill before my scheduled tour of the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain house -- which IS... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bloomfield, New Jersey
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Museum dedicated to two Bowdoin College alumni who explored the Artic.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good38%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“north pole” (17 reviews)
“arctic museum” (11 reviews)
“polar bears” (4 reviews)
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Hubbard Hall, Brunswick, ME
+1 207-725-3416
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a "snapshot" learning experience of Artic Exploration by Bowdoin grads. They hold many artifacts, including clothing worn, diaries, and many Inuit treasures collected on the trip. Loved it!

Thank Laura P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had time to kill before my scheduled tour of the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain house -- which IS terrific! -- so I took a quick 1/2 an hour to visit the nearby Peary-MacMillan Museum. I was hoping to see lots of stuff about Peary &...More

Thank PeterEfromNJ
Reviewed 2 October 2017

I brought my 3rd grade class to the Peary Macmillan Museum for field trips while studying the Arctic. The docents are well informed and the displays are constantly being updated and give a wonderful understanding of Inuit life. The artwork and carvings are wonderful.

Thank marina s
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This is small museum hidden away in a building at Bowdoin College. Very well done. A bit old school with stuffed polar bears and such. However, it tells the story well of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Expeditions that started from Casco Bay. I've visited it every...More

Thank Joseph M
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Was delighted by this tiny, quirky museum. Learned a lot about Robert Peary and his expedition. Great sculptures, paintings and crafts. Will try to catch a tour next time. Excellent gift shop.

Thank FoieGrasFatty
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We visited the Peary-MacMillan Museum on a recent Saturday afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed its collection and the history we learned through its exhibits. The crafts -- beadwork and eider garments and blanket -- are especially noteworthy.

Thank ThreeRosettes70
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

We were instantly drawn into the exhibit. One is greeted very pleasantly by staff with offers to help with any questions or concerns. We slowly moved through the well-lit and spacious rooms of the exhibit. Every item was fully described and well displayed in cases....More

Thank Cheryl L
Reviewed 18 July 2017

In a few small rooms, you encounter extensive information about Arctic exploration. You observe genuine artifacts, read authentic publications, and ponder the difficulties of the process. The staff are helpful and courteous. The campus is scenic.

Thank Keydet72
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

This is a free museum(patrons are able to donate - 1 dollar suggested). There are several rooms with individual themes, ranging from the trips to the arctic, the major participants(Perry and Henson) and the native populations and their lifestyles over the years. Definitely worth a...More

Thank William L
Reviewed 14 May 2017

This museum has special exhibits plus a permanent collection of artifacts from the travels of Admiral Peary and Donald McMillan. There a GREAT stuffed full-size polar bear. This is right on the Bowdoin College quad. Admission is free.

Thank SabreSailor
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