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Goals: To further the cultural and educational interests of the people of the State, to present through the To further the cultural and educational interests of the people of the State, to present through the use of its collections and activities the proud heritage and unique historical background, and to preserve and exhibit the environmental and cultural richness of the State.
Exhibits: Natural History Dioramas – Rocky Coast and Saltwater Marsh features many of the plants and animals living at the edge of the sea; Shipbuilding includes shipbuilding tools, and is highlighted by a 40-foot section of the Downeaster St. Mary; Sailmaking uses a photomural of the interior of the Dunn and Elliott Sail Loft as a background for a sailmaker's bench and many of the tools used in sailmaking; Fishing, using life-sized displays, shows methods of fishing for ground fish and school fish. A large display of mounted fish from the Gulf of Maine and some of the tools and equipment used by Maine fishermen in the 19th and 20th centuries are also featured. The sardine industry is highlighted in the exhibit with a vignette of a sardine packer preparing the fish for canning. Equipment used in the canning of sardines and a collage of sardine tools and lids are also part of the exhibit. Gallery Education Programs: Lobstering includes an explanation of lobster fishing in general with emphasis on the lobsters' physical makeup, molting and reproductive habits; Sailmaking involves the actual sewing of sails using sailmakers' tools and a discussion of sails and sailmaking, particularly as they relate to the St. Mary; and Tide Pools looks at some of the inhabitants of a tide pool using preserved specimens and the Rocky Coast and Saltwater Marsh scene.
Resources: Hours: weekdays 9am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 1pm to 4pm; admission charged.
County: Cumberland Hancock Kennebec Knox Lincoln Penobscot Sagadahoc Waldo Washington York
Region: southwest coast Casco Bay midcoast Mt. Desert Island downeast
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