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Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum

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Address: Hubbard Hall, Brunswick, ME
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+1 207-725-3416
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 14:00 - 17:00
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Museum dedicated to two Bowdoin College alumni who explored the Artic.

Museum dedicated to two Bowdoin College alumni who explored the Artic.

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An amazing repository of historic and contemporary significance

This small museum located on the campus of Bowdoin College contains many unusual artifacts. There are sledges, boots and other items from the arctic expeditions. There are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This small museum located on the campus of Bowdoin College contains many unusual artifacts. There are sledges, boots and other items from the arctic expeditions. There are fascinating maps and personal recollections. There is a great video of Matthew Alexander Henson who was the first American to set foot on the North Pole. There was also a great exhibition of... More 

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Thank thedday
armonk, ny
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I wouldn't really call it a museum, more like a couple of small rooms with some artifacts, photos and a lot of explanation. Very interesting,though,especially if you like explorers!

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Thank eli37
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This is a very worthwhile visit and the displays are excellent. There is a small shop as well. If you are interested in the Arctic and polar exploration this is a must.

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Thank DavidRG2013
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Interesting museum layout and lack of hands on exhibits mean that it is mainly for adults. Gives good picture of the various early explorers and life in the Arctic at the time. Worth a visit.

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Thank Ruth J
Concord, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Tiny but fun Admiral Peary Museum is free, and has some good insights into exploring the North Pole - good for families!

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Tucked into an older building on the Bowdoin campus, it seems likely that many tourists in Maine never come across this small museum. That would be a pity as the contents are unusual and quite interesting. Artifacts from several expeditions to the arctic, along with excellent explanations of the local customs and history, give a terrific overview of early efforts... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Interesting little museum. Not very well labeled to find but has lots of interesting little exhibits. Not very hands on but plenty of things to read. Only took about 39 minutes to peruse.

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Lakeland, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Excellent coverage of Peary's expedition to the North Pole including Henson's role as the indispensable man, a man who was African American. I gave it a four rating only because of its limited scope.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

This is a small, free museum in Hubbard Hall on the Bowdoin campus. It houses some of the most interesting artifacts from Robert Peary and Donald MacMillan's expeditions to the Arctic. It contains natural artifacts, such as plants and animals (e.g narwhal, seals, etc.) and cultural artifacts from the Inuit people. There is also lots of equipment used on the... More 

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Thank Jane M
Harpswell, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Every summer i enjoy showing this museum to various guests. It is highly informative as well as entertaining. The museum has a nice flow featuring arctic artifacts and art work. Great explanations about the various artifacts that are easy ro read and comprehend. It is good for every age.

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