Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Brunswick
The Peary–MacMillan Arctic Museum is a museum located in Hubbard Hall at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Named after Arctic explorers and Bowdoin College graduates Robert E. Peary (Class of 1877) and Donald B. MacMillan (Class of 1898), it is one of two museums in the United States dedicated completely to Arctic Studies.To visit Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and other attractions in Brunswick, use our Brunswick trip itinerary website .
Bowdoin College’s historic relationship with the Arctic dates back to 1860, when a group of Bowdoin students accompanied one professor on a research trip to Labrador and West Greenland. Peary and MacMillan made many trips to the Arctic, together and separately. Bowdoin students also accompanied MacMillan on several expeditions in the early-to-mid-20th century. To this day, professors and students of the college continue to travel to the Arctic to pursue research.
The Peary–MacMillan Arctic Museum was made possible by generous donations from the Class of 1925, George B. Knox (Class of 1929), and other alumni and friends. The Museum was dedicated in 1967, and MacMillan attended the opening that same year.
Established in 1985, the Arctic Studies Center links the resources of the museum and the library with teaching and research efforts, and hosts lectures, workshops, and educational outreach projects. "Through course offerings, field research programs, employment opportunities, and special events, the Arctic Studies Center promotes anthropological, archaeological, geological, and environmental investigations of the North."
The Arctic Museum's exhibitions focus on different aspects of the Arctic, ranging from natural life, such as plants and animals, to cultural life of people native to the Arctic region. Artifacts in the Museum's collection include Peary and MacMillan's expedition equipment, anthropologic objects, Inuit art, films, archival papers, publications, and natural history specimens. The Museum's exhibitions now change approximately every two years to show as much of the collection as possible.
Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum Reviews
Sometimes the exhibits are rather dry but almost always interesting. The building is quite lovely. Ask if you can look around. more »
This museum is housed in the former Bowdoin College library and has a great collection of Arctic memorabilia, much of it collected by Peary and MacMillan who were Bowdoin graduates. The museum is free... more »
Great part of history if you're ever interested in knowing who visited the artic first. The pioneers who dreaded going for long months to make the journey to the farthest north part of the globe resides in this museum. Some parts of the museum are still being either refurbished or added on, but the majority of the exhibit is completed. Learn a part of history that so many don't realize could help save the global warming epidemic going on right now. Took this photo of a snowman outside of the museum.
Listen to and learn about Music in the Inuit World! See amazing art.
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