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L.C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley

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oldportnews wrote a review Sep. 2017
Portland, Maine19 contributions15 helpful votes
This museum was once used as a training space for those at the Goodwill-Hinckley Home for Boys and Girls before it was converted in the 1920's. The collection was started by George Hinckley with a few minerals, etc. Louis Carleton Bates funded the conversion project and lent his name to the museum. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and sets on land originally owned by the Chase family, of which former Senator Margaret Chase Smith was a member. The museum is an unexpected treasure trove. The American Impressionist painter, Charles Hubbard, painted dioramas that highlight the 32 Maine habitat exhibits. There are three floors to this museum....galleries full of minerals, shells, birds, mammals, a marlin caught by Ernest Hemingway, a piece of the original trans-Atlantic cable, some artifacts from Babylon, etc., as well as hands-on educational exhibits for the children.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Sherpa568905 wrote a review Aug. 2017
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This former home for disadvantaged children was built in 1903. Mr. Bates started collecting things and when the school was decommissioned he began this museum, with his items and many donated, thru 1940. It's really off the beaten path but close to I-95. We came here from Belfast with a few missed turns as gps is a bit sketchy out there. If you are looking for a natural history museum, this is it-kinda. This Victorian era building houses displays of just about everything from animals including monkeys, bob cats, snakes, birds and fish. There's also lots of other oddly placed items; these items have no chronological semblance of order, and many displays lack identifying info. Nevertheless, it's a museum that takes you back to the late 19th and early 20th century curiosity museums. Displays are willy-nilly but that's the charm. It's a step back in time! It's worth a visit, with super friendly docents, and an entry fee of $3.00-unheard of! But it's kinda like a museum that Stephen King and Rod Serling might use as fodder for a story....for your consideration! I took no pics as one sign said no photo but I don't think anyone would care.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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OldIrishCurmudgeon wrote a review Jun. 2017
Yarmouth, Maine1,015 contributions48 helpful votes
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This museum was very interesting. It was filled with lots of animals that were stuffed, different minerals, Indian artifacts, and Old Timey machinery. It's kind of out-of-the-way but if you're in the area it's worth a quick stop.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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JayDubbs wrote a review Nov. 2014
Skowhegan, Maine13 contributions3 helpful votes
First of all this museum is in HInckley, Maine not Minnesota. I bring my children there several times throughout the year. Weekends usually have an event geared toward educating children about nature and Maine, that includes a craft at no cost. Great gift shop and a wonderful staff. There is no heat so if you go in the winter and I highly suggest you check out the website and visit on the weekend, bundle up!
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Date of experience: October 2014
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