L.C. Bates Museum

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The L.C. Bates Museum will reopen its building for walk-in visitors Sunday, August 15, 2021. Museum hours will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday for 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday 1 PM to 4 PM. The trails and outdoor areas will be open.

For visitor and staff safety, visitors will be required to wear masks and use hand sanitizers when entering the museum and in touch areas.

We look forward to seeing you!

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.