Maine Educational Excursions
Afford your child the best chance to learn by taking field trips to different locations that encourage learning and curiosity. The locations listed below are wonderful tools in reinforcing the ideas taught in the classroom while having fun!
Acadia National Park
People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.
Address: Acadia National Park, P.O. Box 177, Bar Harbor, ME 04609-0177
Phone: (207) 288-3338
The Maine Historical Society
A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource, we are located in the heart of Portland’s downtown cultural district. Founded in 1822, the Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States.
Address: 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) 774–1822
Fax: (207) 775–4301
Children's Discovery Museum
The mission of the Children's Discovery Museum is to create for all visitors an interactive environment in which multi-sensory, self directed, open-ended learning experiences prove the motivation to develop knowledge of and respect for self, others, the environment and the world. The Children's Discovery Museum's vibrant, professional exhibits and events creatively complement public and private educational resources in an area, and are designed to promote discovery of one's heritage, options and responsibilities as a local, national and global citizen.
Address: 265 Water St, Augusta, Maine 04330
Children's Museum of Maine
The Children's Museum of Maine exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play.
The Museum serves as an indispensable resource for families and educators, helping to create a broad community devoted to our children's development and learning.
Address: 142 Free St, Portland, MA 04101
Maine Discovery Museum
The mission of the Maine Discovery Museum (MDM) is to educate children and families, encourage creativity, nurture a sense of wonder, and to challenge all to learn in new and innovative ways. Exhibits and programs will be fun, interactive and thought provoking, and encourage participation by children and families of all abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds. As a unique community resource, the museum will provide opportunities for exploration and discovery that incorporate aspects of Maine into a greater understanding of the world in which we live.
Address: 74 Main Street, Bangor, MA 04401
Educational and entertaining shows for adults and children.
We are open to the public for Friday and Saturday evening shows and Saturday matinees.
Address: 96 Falmouth Street, Portland, ME 04104-9300
Oakfield Historical Society
Oakfield Railroad Museum is the former 100-year-old station of the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad. The museum opened May 1991 and features B&A artifacts and memorabilia, motor car, the rejuvenated C-66 caboose, weathervane from Oakfield's water tank, vintage signs, a reading room steeped in photographs, maps, and much more. Museum is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Address: 40 Station St, Oakfield, ME 04763
Bates College Museum of Art
The Bates College Museum of Art is a laboratory for the visual arts. Providing an environment for broad audiences to explore and discover synergies created by visual art across academic disciplines of a liberal arts education, we represent the new academic museum for the 21st century. The Museum works collaboratively with artists, students, faculty, and other museums to create exhibitions which offer new scholarly explorations and educational programming linked closely to our communities. The Museum’s collection concentrates on works on paper and is well known for its art of Lewiston’s most famous artistic son Marsden Hartley.
Address: 75 Russell St, Lewiston, ME 04240
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, one of the oldest college art collections in the nation, began with a gift of 70 paintings and a portfolio of Old Master drawings bequeathed to the College by James Bowdoin III in 1811. Today, the encyclopedic collections encompass more than 15,000 objects including ancient; European; American; non-Western; modern and contemporary works; and prints, drawings, and photography. The Museum reopened in 2007, following a two-year renovation and expansion of the landmark 1894 Walker Art Building, originally designed by McKim, Mead, and White. The creative transformation of the historic building by Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston, integrates the Museum’s traditional features with a dramatic new entry pavilion, an inviting glass curtain wall, and a complete renovation of the interior of the building. Fourteen state-of-the-art galleries, including a Media Gallery, feature both rotating selections from the collections and dynamic, changing exhibitions of objects from museums and collections around the world. Visitors can further explore the world of art through the Museum’s ongoing public programs, lectures, and symposia.
Address: 9400 College Station, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Colby College Museum of Art
The Colby College Museum of Art offers an outstanding view of American art from the early 18th century through the present.
Address: 5600 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, Maine 04901
Farnsworth Art Museum
The Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally-recognized collection of American art in its elegantly appointed galleries. Great names in 18th- and 19th-century American art history such as Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, Thomas Eakins, Eastman Johnson, Fitz Henry Lane, Frank Benson, Childe Hassam, and Maurice Prendergast are represented in the Museum’s permanent collection, entitled Maine in America.
Address: 16 Museum St, Rockland, ME 04841
Ogunquit Museum of American Art
The Ogunquit Museum of American Art is the only museum in Maine devoted exclusively to the exhibition, preservation, and interpretation of American art. The Museum houses a permanent collection of important paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs from the late 1800s to the present. Included in the collection is an extensive selection of works by artists associated with Ogunquit’s famous art colony of the early 20th century. The OMAA collection includes more than 1,600 works of art and among the artists represented are: Will Barnet, Margaret Bourke-White, Charles Burchfield, Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, Wolf Kahn, Jacob Lawrence, Roy Lichtenstein, John Marin, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
Address: 543 Shore Road, PO Box 815, Ogunquit, ME 03907
Portland Museum of Art
Take a journey through three centuries of art and architecture at the Portland Museum of Art. Located in Portland’s arts district, the Museum offers an unparalleled look at art from the 1800s to the present. The magnificently restored McLellan House (1801) and L. D. M. Sweat Memorial Galleries (1911), together with the modern Charles Shipman Payson Building, designed by I. M. Pei & Partners (1983), chart the evolution of the American art museum and offer visitors an experience unlike any other in the nation.
Address: Seven Congress Square, Portland, ME 04101
University of Maine Museum of Art
Founded in 1946 with grants from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation, the University of Maine Museum of Art was established with the goal of educating the public about the diverse histories and cultural meanings to be found in our visual culture. Consisting of more than 7,000 original works of art, highlights include works by Winslow Homer, Max Beckman, Francisco Goya, George Inness, Käthe Kollwitz, Pablo Picasso, and Louise Nevelson. In addition, the Museum offers a significant body of contemporary art, featuring works by Jim Dine, David Hockney, Kara Walker, Roy Lichtenstein, and Elizabeth Murray. The collection is particularly strong in American mid- and late-20th century works on paper. The Museum’s permanent collection celebrates the long heritage of Maine art and artists; including works by artists such as Berenice Abbott, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, John Marin, Carl Sprinchorn, and Andrew Wyeth.
Address: Norembega Hall, 40 Harlow St, Bangor, ME 04401
Maine Maritime Museum
Located in Bath, gallery exhibits, an historic shipyard, and educational programs highlight Maine’s rich nautical history.
Address: 243 Washington St, Bath, ME 04530
Waterville Opera House
The municipally owned 925-seat Waterville Opera House was, and still is, the largest facility of its kind in Central Maine. Over the years the Waterville Opera House has hosted the finest touring performances available, and also was the site for first-run movies. The Waterville Opera House Improvement Association was founded in 1973 as a result of a community discussion about the future of the aging Opera House as a performance space. Since that time more than $1 million has been raised locally to renovate and upgrade the facility. Now we produce some of the finest regional theater in Maine. Become a part of history as we continue the legacy of the Waterville Opera House, over one hundred years old and still going strong!
Address: The Center, 93 Main Street (Third Floor), Waterville, ME 04901
John Lane's Ogunquit Playhouse, one of Southern Maine's most important cultural landmarks, brings Broadway to the Beach each season. Opening in 1933, the work and vision of Walter and Maude Hartwig brought an outstanding, star-studded performing arts company to Ogunquit. Continuing this tradition for almost five decades, John Lane, owner and producer of the Playhouse, sought to provide his audience with the finest professional theatre in our region. In doing so, he successfully placed the playhouse on the national cultural map. Set to retire after 45 years, John Lane spearheaded the effort to form a non-profit foundation to oversee the future of the Playhouse. The Ogunquit Playhouse Foundation, formed in 1997, is now the proud owner and trustee of the historic Ogunquit Playhouse.
Address: 10 Main St, Ogunquit, ME