L.C. Bates Museum

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Effective February 2, 2024, ALL the Good-Will Hinckley TRAILS on the Good Will-Hinckley Campus in Hinckley, Maine will be CLOSED for a forestry health project. 

Trails are marked with safety ribbons and closure signage.

Good Will-Hinckley is conducting a forestry health project along all TRAILS and is asking the public to observe all posted signs regarding the trail closures. All TRAILS ARE CLOSED and OFF LIMITS until the project is completed, including the Dartmouth Trail, Bowdoin Trail, Continental Trail, Sunset Trail and White Connecting Trails.

Please observe all the posted signs as there will be active forestry with tree thinning, removal of dead trees, and falling branches in the area. In addition, trails will have tripping hazards, branches and debris, slippery conditions, and mechanical equipment present at times.

It is anticipated that all forestry health project work will be completed by the end of March 2024, but this will depend upon the weather and the scope of the work to be completed. 

Everyone at Good Will-Hinckley appreciates your cooperation and thanks you for your understanding.

The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. On subsequent days, you can visit the museum by appointment.

Nature activity kits for children will still be available. To arrange for pick up or for any questions, please call the museum at 207-238-4250.

The L.C. Bates Museum is an early 20th Century museum full of unique cabinets of curiosities and Maine wildlife dioramas. Discover the wonders of nature. Explore exhibits of art, Maine Native American baskets, minerals, and Maine history and archaeology, and experience Maine’s natural beauty firsthand on our forest walking trails.

The National Endowment for the Humanities recently featured the L.C. Bates Museum in its 50 States of Preservation project, a series that shines a light on how small and mid-sized museums across the country are helping to preserve the nation’s cultural heritage. Read More

Satisfy your curiosity, visit the L.C. Bates Museum today!


  • Family Discovery Activities
  • School and Group Programs
  • Self-Guided Tours
  • Outreach Programs
  • Discovery Backpacks
  • Birthday Parties
  • Art & Nature Exhibits


  • Picnic Area
  • Free Parking
  • Gift Shop
  • Arboretum
  • Nature Trails
  • Fern Walk & Butterfly Garden

Please click here to see the new website created by Colby College students to learn about the history of the Museum and even take a virtual tour.