Umbrella Cover Museum, Peaks Island

4.3
#9 of 15 in Museums in Portland
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Umbrella Cover Museum in Peaks Island, Maine is a museum that pays tribute to umbrella covers. The museum was created and is curated by Nancy 3. Hoffman, who has collected more than 1300 umbrella covers from over 60 countries as of July 2015.The mission of the Umbrella Cover Museums states that it is "dedicated to the appreciation of the mundane in everyday life. It is about finding wonder and beauty in the simplest of things, and about knowing that there is always a story behind the cover."The idea for the museum came when Hoffman was cleaning out a closet and came across seven umbrella covers. The museum began in Hoffman’s kitchen and was moved to a larger location as the collection grew. The museum’s collection ranges in size from a two-and-a-half-inch Barbie doll cover to a six-foot patio umbrella sleeve. It has hosted special exhibitions including “People and Their Covers” and “New Umbrella Cover Fashions.”On 7 July 2012, Guinness World Records named Hoffman's umbrella cover collection of 730 at the time to be the largest in the world.The museum is closed during the winter. Guided tours include Hoffman, who is also a musician, singing "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella" while playing an accordion.
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  • This museum is a great stop on your trip to Peaks Island. Lots of interesting umbrella covers from all over the world.  more »
  • I’m not sure what to say about this place. It is certainly unusual and unique. It is a tiny place devoted to umbrella covers. You know, those sleeves which come with your umbrella and which I always.....  more »
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  • This was a true delight! About a 15 min detour and worth every second. Nancy 3 was interesting, self aware, and funny about her collection. A real gem in every sense. Don’t miss what’s under the cover!!
  • Amazing down-to-earth museum! Owner is great and sang a fun song while I was there. The collection itself is quirky, but that personally makes the trip more worthwhile. This is a museum that I would love to visit again!

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