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Maine Granite Industry Museum

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Address: 62 Beech Hill Rd, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6208
Phone Number: +1 207-244-7299
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A non-profit (your donation is tax deductible) organization dedicated to...

A non-profit (your donation is tax deductible) organization dedicated to collecting and preserving any and all historic information and artifacts pertaining to the granite industry of Maine. In the museum you will find hundreds of old tools that were used in the industry, photos of the quarries in operation and the buildings and monuments which were erected from Maine's beautiful granites. Curator and founder Steven Haynes is there to guide you through this once important history of our state.

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Worth our Time!!!

We are thankful that we located this small museum which contained so much information! Steve Haynes was a fabulous guide, so much information, knowledge and passion! He took his... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
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Farmville, Virginia
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Farmville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We are thankful that we located this small museum which contained so much information! Steve Haynes was a fabulous guide, so much information, knowledge and passion! He took his time in explaining, answering questions and even provided a hands on lesson for our children to experience granite cutting! Our time here was well spent. Highly recommended!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The gentleman at the museum was a wealth of information about the granite industry and how the rock is formed. His enthusiasm was contagious.

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Sandpoint, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Steve's seemingly single handed devotion and enthusiasm bring the subject alive. It deserves your attention and your support. And Mt. Desert Island is all about granite- even the curbs and garden surrounds in SW Harbor.

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Latham, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We took part of a rainy day and visited the Granite Museum on MDI. This is a very historical museum with much history on MDI and the famous granite industry. Steve, the lapidarian and museum curator is amazing. He can identify all rock in Maine- he has been in the industry for over 40 years and his passion made the... More 

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Normal, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Well, technically not a gem since granite is a rock and not a mineral or gemstone but Steve is a gem. His knowledge of the Maine granite industry is amazing. We spent a delightful hour or peppering him with questons and graciously getting good answer from him. If you like museums and science, you will love this place. Lots of... More 

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Pittsburgh, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Can’t say I’ve given much thought to granite before remodeling our kitchen. Even then the process was mostly about finding a color and pattern to suit our decorative taste. But here we are in New England where marble and granite have been quarried since the early 1800’s. The pink granite of Maine is everywhere in Acadia National Park. Big chunks... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Small tucked away museum (1 large room) with renovation plans for expansion underway. Provided interesting history of granite industry in Maine. We got to meet a friendly, well informed volunteer and then the curator himself. Lots of information both about geological and industry history.

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Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Just a wonderful geological and historic overview of the area ! The exhibit was created by a gentleman - who's life's work and passion was evident in his presentation ~ This all should be recorded and published~~ I'll never look at anything made of granite the same! A must-stop for everyone; young or old !!

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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

The granite museum has great collection of tools and pieces of rough and unfinished granite from Maine and across the USA.the guide is a granite cutter and polisher and has a lifetime of granite stories to share.the myseum is rough with old granite sheds but the visitor appreciates the huge manpower needed to mine and work granite. granite is truly... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

This tucked away gem of a museum has an owner/curator who has an infectious passion for granite. So informative and makes learning about the different types of granite and how it's formed entertaining. Highly recommend a visit!

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