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Maine museums: historical to quirky
  • Yarmouth History Center 118 East Elm St., Yarmouth yarmouthmehistory.org; 207-846-6259 Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Permanent exhibit gallery with sections on Settlement Patterns, Royal River and the Mills, Shipbuilding and the Twentieth Century.
  • Maine Maritime Museum 243 Washington St. Bath mainemaritimemuseum.org; 207-443-1316 Open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Changing exhibits, artifacts, interactive areas, historic shipyard on the Kennebec River, and a full-size representation of the Wyoming, the largest sailing vessel ever built.
  • Abbe Museum 26 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor abbemuseum.org; 207-288-3519 Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May through October; seasonal hours during winter Changing exhibits of history and culture, special events, workshops for children and adults based on the Wabanaki people.
  • Portland Museum of Art 7 Congress St., Portland portlandmuseum.org; 207-775-6148 Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day Permanent collection includes masters such as Homer, Wyeth, Degas, Money, Picasso and more. Changing exhibits of American and European art and contemporary works.
  • Portland Fire Museum 157 Spring St., Portland portlandfiremuseum.com Open at 6 p.m. each first Friday for Portland's First Friday Art Walk Collection of fire fighting equipment, photos, badges, flags and records is maintained and updated by the 111-year-old Portland Veteran Firemen's Association.
  • Portland Observatory 138 Congress St., Portland portlandlandmarks.org; 207-774-5561 Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 24 through October 13 Guided tours of the 1807 structure that offers spectacular views of Portland's harbor. The Observatory is the only known remaining historic maritime signal tower in the U.S.
  • The Umbrella Cover Museum 62-B Island Ave., Peaks Island umbrellacovermuseum.org; 207-939-0301 Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m., summer Nancy 3. Hoffman's collection of 730 umbrella covers, including the patterned, the whimsical, the colored and the plain for all umbrella sizes.
  • United Sports Antique and Vintage Snowmobile Museum 2247 Auburn Road, Turner Snowmobile enthusiast Paul Bernier's personal collection of more than 60 snowmobiles includes such rarities as Ski Cat, Sno-Pony, Ski Whiz and the Whip-It, the only snowmobile ever manufactured in Maine.
  • The Telephone Museum 166 Winkumpaugh Road, Ellsworth thetelephonemuseum.org Displays include working equipment to demonstrate the social and technical significance of the telephone from 1876 to present day.


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