The Maine State Museum took 120 years to be established although Maine was one of the first states that initiated the concept for a state museum.
It collection features objects that are related to the pre-history, history, and natural science developments of Maine. On behalf of the people of Maine, it also holds title to the artifacts and natural scientific specimens that are found, located, or beneath the state-owned land. This includes the bottoms of waterways that can be navigated as well as coastal waters.
The Museum exists to research, interpret and exhibit this collection so that the public can gain access to it. It works toward the promotion of public awareness of the natural resources of Maine as well as its historical richness. It enables the people to pursue their curiosity when it comes to the cultural and natural history of Maine.
The Museum offers the public new exhibits as well as temporary displays that are showcased on its 5,600-square-foot gallery, provides them an avenue for learning and discovery through the stunning objects from its collection.