Maine Maritime Museum
Located on a picturesque 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River just minutes from Brunswick. Friendly and knowledgeable docents bring the rich tradition of Maine boat building to life with guided tours of the Percy & Small Shipyard that includes four of the five original Shipyard buildings. Named in the National Registry of Historic Places, the site is the only remaining historic shipyard of its kind still intact today.
Enjoy a Bath Iron Works Trolley Tour, conducted from mid-May to late-October, that takes you behind the gates of Bath Iron Works to see how modern U.S. Navy destroyers are built and to learn why the phrase “Bath Built is Best Built” rings true at this ultra-modern facility.
The Boston Globe called it a “must-see,” Down East Magazine named it a “Best of Maine” attraction and Yankee Magazine named it a “Best of New England.”
Be certain to view The Wyoming evocation. The largest outdoor sculpture in New England, it is among the most visited and photographed sites in Maine. The design was conceived by acclaimed Maine sculptors Andreas von Heune and Joe Hemes.
Peary Macmillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center
Located on the Bowdoin College Campus and named after Bowdoin College graduates and Arctic explorers, the museum is one of only two museums in the United Stated dedicated completely to Arctic Studies. Exhibitions focus on varying elements of the Arctic, including natural life, culture, expedition equipment and also show archival papers, publications and natural history specimens. The Peary–MacMillan Arctic Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Sundays from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The Museum is closed on Mondays and on national holidays. Admission is free, and donations are accepted
Pejepscot Historical Society
Founded in 1888, the Pejepscot Historical Society is among the oldest historical societies in the state of Maine. Celebrating the rich histories of Brunswick, Harpswell and Topsham, the society maintains three museums in Brunswick, Maine. The Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum is located in the adult home of its namesake who was the hero of Little Round Top at Gettysburg during the Civil War and later served as Governor of Maine and President of Bowdoin College. The Skolfield-Whitter House was home to three generations of prominent Brunswick families with careers in seafaring, medicine and education. And the Pejepscot Museum & Research Center offers rotating exhibits on topics in local history.
A wonderful example of Victorian history and Brunswick history, the Skolfield-Whittier House has remained a pristine example for the region for about 150 years. You will find a house exactly as it was in 1925; including spices in the pantry and original build documents. The Skolfield-Whittier House is open seasonally from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.