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Address: 1 Lighthouse Hill, Monhegan Island, ME
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+1 207-596-7003

A small community museum emphasizing American art history.

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Small littel museum on the island that speaks to island life. Worth an 30 - 60 minutes of time. Great views from locatio.

Reviewed 24 November 2016
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Small littel museum on the island that speaks to island life. Worth an 30 - 60 minutes of time. Great views from locatio.

Thank A J
Jackson, New Hampshire
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43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

If you're on Monhegan for more than 2 days, spend an entire afternoon here. It has a wonderful collection of island lore - fascinating! Next year, I might volunteer there one day.

Thank Cici47
Naples, Florida
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

This is a tiny museum, and a very personal one for the islanders blending their maritime history with their heritage as an artist's destination. I loved the breadth of the exhibits, the simplicity of daily life portrayed, and the harshness of living on an island year round, especially one without electricity until relatively recently. We spent well over an hour... More 

Thank Susan S
Freedom, Maine
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 8 August 2016

If you're a history junky, this is a must. Within the walls of the museum, you'll learn about the settlers and how the island really hasn't changed over the years. Very interesting!

Thank Freedome3
Gallatin, Tennessee
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270 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

With no real appreciation of art in my past I really loved the history and art exhibited. The docents were well informed and passionate about the island and its stories. I certainly did not know of the islands long history and developement. The art exhibit was extensive and I felt I got to know the late artist. The many painters... More 

Thank OldOldBob
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

This meandering museum in the former cottage of the lighthouse operator is full of charm and history with exhibits about fishing, transportation to and from the island, daily life, education, and more. Also, don't miss the small art gallery just across from it with a different exhibit each summer. On some days you can take a 15-minute tour up into... More 

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MonheganMuseum, Manager at Monhegan Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review. I hope you can come back again. We update not only the annual exhibit but also the art that is shown in the history museum changes every year too. Well worth a visit every year. :) More 

Wellesley, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016

There is something charmingly "down home" about this museum, with its motley collections of natural specimens, artifacts, and Monhegan memorabilia, but I found it really delightful -- a good way to get the history and the feeling of this remarkable island. And there is a goodly amount of excellent art as well.

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MonheganMuseum, Manager at Monhegan Museum, responded to this review

Thank you MaineRambler for the kind review. I hope you are able to come back in future years. We update our exhibits and the annual art exhibit yearly, there is always something new to discover at the Monhegan Museum of Art and History. More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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158 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015

Very interesting museum for such a remote site. Great info on the history of the island and its inhabitants. Definitely worth visiting.

1 Thank Junebughiker
Birmingham, Alabama
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51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2015

Perhaps one of the smallest museums anywhere, but, with drop dead beauty all around. We were there for the Lamar Dodd exhibition. Dodd, a noted Georgia artist spent 40 or more summers on Monhegan, yet this is the first time there has been a showing of his work there. All quite good, great layout. If there, it's certainly worth a... More 

Thank bookitnow
Charleston, South Carolina
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332 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2015

Expected a few displays but was awed by room after room (after room) of the wonderful history of this lovely island. Worth every cent of the $5 admission.even if you only have a short time to visit. Will return on subsequent visits, Don't know who's responsible for creating, maintaining and growing the museum but bravo and hats off to them!

Thank TravelerNorfolk

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