Museums in Saco

Up to 55% Off Cryptozoology-Museum Visits

International Cryptozoology Museum

Downtown

$14 $7

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Cryptozoological museum studies and informs visitors about creatures such as the Loch Ness Monster, the Jersey Devil, and Fiji Mermaids

Up to 51% Off Membership to Skyline Farm Carriage Museum

Skyline Farm Carriage Museum

North Yarmouth

$35 $17

Annual memberships grant access to special events and tours of a carriage museum with displays from the 18th century through the 1920s

Southworth Planetarium – Half Off Visit or Membership

Southworth Planetarium

USM Portland - Science Building

$26 $13

Spellbinding space films, laser shows, science lectures, and exhibits

Ogunquit Museum Of American Art – Up to 50% Off a Visit

Ogunquit Museum Of American Art

Ogunquit

$20 $11

Oceanfront museum exclusively exhibits American works of art, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and graphics

Up to 53% Off Brick Store Museum

Brick Store Museum

Kennebunk

$15 $7

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Four 19th century buildings including a general store converted into a museum of regional history hold Photography, artwork, and artifacts

Up to 50% Off at Boothbay Railway Village

Boothbay Railway Village

Boothbay

$20 $10

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See more than 60 antique cars, 28 historical buildings, and a lovingly restored Merci Boxcar gifted to America by France post-World War II

Up to 41% Off at Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

Wenham

$16 $10

Marvel at 10 model train layouts, vintage dolls and antique toys and step back in time to visit a New England home from the 1690's

Salem Wax Museum – Up to 54% Off

Salem Wax Museum

Downtown Salem

$64 $39

Visitors can view eerily life-like wax figures and practicing witches or visit Frankenstein at Salem Wax Museum's Haunted Neighborhood

Up to 53% Off at Griffin Photography Museum

Griffin Museum of Photography

Winchester Center

$28 $14

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Three galleries showcase up-and-coming photographers, in addition to well-known contemporary artists and celebrity photographers.

The Old State House - America's Revolutionary Museum – 70% Off

RevolutionaryBoston at the Old State House

Downtown

$20 $12

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Experience the American Revolution through Revolutionary-era artifacts & live performances, then tour the Boston Massacre site out front

Up to 53% Off at The Jenney Museum

The Jenney Museum

Plymouth

$36 $18

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Local historian and guide leads walking tour that includes views of Plymouth Rock and the historical town square

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Founded in 1822, the Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the nation, and curates museums, programs, and events to celebrate the state's long history. The MHS Museum features a collection of more than 15,000 artifacts, including pieces of Native American archaeological material, political memorabilia, and pictures of the first governor with his head caught in a lobster trap. The society's 1-acre campus is also home to the the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, the childhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the poet best known for penning "Paul Revere's Ride" and The Song of Hiawatha. Membership to the society includes invitations to exhibit openings, member parties, lectures, trips, access to the Brown Research library, a subscription to the Maine History Journal, and a 10% discount at the museum store, web store, and all vintage Maine image purchases.

489 Congress St
Portland,
ME
US

The Narrow Gauge Railroad train ride takes guests on a 35- to 40-minute adventure in an antique 1846 railcar scooting along the restored 2-foot track. From the plush, velvety seats, visitors can peer at the abundance of sights, such as the 1875 Portland breakwater lighthouse and the elusive Frankenmoose, while listening to factual orations by the conductor or guest docent. After ingesting the panoramic Casco Bay from the tassel-framed glass windows, riders can peruse the past in the museum, which collects informative displays, historic railcars and interactive conductors.

58 Fore St
Portland,
ME
US

When most people think of Italian villas, elaborate textiles, and Turkish smoking rooms, they don't picture them in the United States. But they used to be. The Victoria Mansion showcases the grandeur of art, design, and architecture before the Civil War. Based in the 19th-century Morse-Libby house, the museum is now open to the public, although it was once in peril of being ripped down and turned into a gas station in 1940.

Visitors can tour the house to see rooms dripping with stained glass, gilded mirrors, and satin textiles. From the very large—chestnut paneled walls—to the very small—a silver salt cellar by Tiffany & Co.—the home displays the most opulent architecture and decor of the age. In addition to guided tours, the museum sponsors public lectures, discussion groups, and scholarly symposiums on 19th-century topics, like the mansion's artwork.

109 Danforth St
Portland,
ME
US

Since Portland Museum of Art opened in 1882, its collection has blossomed to include more than 17,000 pieces of art from the 18th century to the present day. Amid works of sculpture, ceramics, and furniture, the museum sports paintings by European luminaries, such as Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso. At its core, however, are works by Maine artists.

Roughly 10 changing exhibitions round out the museum’s displays, which are spread throughout three buildings: the L.D.M. Sweat Memorial Galleries, the Charles Shipman Payson Building, and the 1801-built McMellan House. Besides artwork, these spaces house the museum’s events, which range from lectures to film screenings.

7 Congress Sq
Portland,
ME
US

Roughly 100 billion stars twinkle in our galaxy, and upward of 400 billion galaxies exist in the universe. For more than 40 years, Southworth Planetarium has kept an eye on them from its University of Southern Maine home. Visitors to the facility can explore exhibits and attend lectures to learn about planets such as Venus, which rains down sulfuric acid, and Saturn, which is fed up with Venus's negative attitude. The planetarium also hosts impressive omni-dome shows with picturesque space narratives and laser lights set to music.

96 Falmouth St
Portland,
ME
US

Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Recommended Age Group: All ages

Q&A with the Executive Director

In his lifetime, William Lord amassed something of a treasure horde, including artwork, furniture, and articles of business. When he died in 1873, he left behind a fortune considered the greatest in Kennebunk, including several pieces of real estate. In 1936, Lord's old general store building came into the possession of his great-granddaughter, Edith Cleaves Barry. She decided to use the building as a museum, exploring the area's history through the lens of her family's story and possessions. The museum quickly grew to occupy other nearby buildings, all dating from between 1810 and 1860, and their architectural elements and antiques became the centerpiece of Brick Store Museum.

Today, the museum houses exhibits in six galleries spread throughout the buildings. Many of the exhibits feature interactive elements, and all tell the story of regional history, whether through photography, artwork, artifacts, or ghosts who can talk.

117 Main St.
Kennebunk,
ME
US