L.C. Bates Museum

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Attention – Change of Notice – the L.C. Bates Museum will not be able to open at this time due to the Delta variant and the COVID cases rising. Outside programming (as indicated in the monthly newsletter) will still happen, along with the trails being open to the public. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

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.