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Building upon the richness of the Wilson Museum's worldwide collections, the Museum's educational programs and resources are designed as an interactive means to learn about the history and cultures of the Penobscot Bay region and the world.

The Museum offers outreach kits, museum tours, interactive programs, available in the classroom or at the Museum, and an array of summer programming for all ages.  If you are interested in any of our programs or resources, click on the links listed to the left or contact our Education Coordinator at (207) 326-9247 or info@wilsonmuseum.org.


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Museum Tours
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Overview of Museum Tours
The Wilson Museum's picturesque campus along the shores of Penobscot Bay includes five exhibit buildings, teaching space, and a unique worldwide collection.  Whether you're interested in human evolution, pre-history, geology, local history from pre-contact to the twentieth century, or the histories and cultures of people from around the world, the Museum's buildings and exhibits will help bring these subjects to life.

Choose from the programming options listed below to customize your Museum visit.  Tours are available between June 1st and September 30th.  Tours require two weeks advance notice.  (207) 326-9247 info@wilsonmuseum.org.

General Tour
Receive an overview of the Museum's collection by touring the main Museum building. 
Free admission

Customized Tour
The Museum's Education Coordinator will customize a tour of the Museum's campus to fit specific needs. 
Fee: $2 per student

Tour & Program
Combine either a general or customized tour of the Museum's campus with one of the Museum's interactive programs (listed below).  Fee: $3 per student

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Home & Away - Monthly Homeschool Programs

Home & Away sculpture If you are a homeschool family looking to bolster your sessions and make new connections, the Wilson Museum is hosting a monthly program just for you. Structured for ages 4 to 14, each three-hour session is inspired by the Museum's worldwide collection and local history, as well as the community's educational resources. Included will be a break for lunch (please bring your own). Some sessions will include a local field trip and some sessions will include a guest presenter.

Home & Away will occur on the second Friday of every month (except November will be the 3rd Friday), from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., from October to April.  Unless otherwise noted, sessions will begin in the Wilson Museum's Hutchins Education Center located at 112 Perkins Street, Castine, ME.

Homeschooled kids enjoying Wilson Museum Reservations are required ($10 per child) in advance of each session and space is limited. Registration opens three weeks before each month's session and will close one week before the session. Or, during the month of September sign up for a seven-session series pass at $70 per child. Only twelve series passes are available. Make reservations and get your pass by calling 207-326-9247 or by emailing info@wilsonmuseum.org.

Feel free to share the information on this program with other homeschool families.


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Interactive Programs
Interactive Programs

Overview of Interactive Programs
Wilson Museum interactive programs give students a hands-on look at history while helping teachers meet the requirements of the Maine Learning Results and Common Core Standards.  Students will learn about the past by using authentic and facsimile objects and documents, asking questions and discovering answers on their own.  

Interactive programs can be taught in the classroom throughout the academic year or at the Museum.  These 60 - 75 minute programs can accommodate up to 20 students.  Click on the links listed below for detailed program descriptions and MLR and CCS connections.  Contact (207) 326-9247 or info@wilsonmuseum.org for more information and/or to schedule programs.  Fee: $2 per student; plus mileage if taught outside of the Museum. 

What Teachers say about Wilson Museum Programs
"The students enjoyed interacting and being able to have hands-on experiences." 
-2011 Teacher Evaluation Form

"I enjoyed the interactive learning and the history behind rope-making." 
-2011 Teacher Evaluation Form

"Anytime kids can get their hands on things or make things, it is good.  This program was full of that.  Nice work!" 
-2012 Teacher Evaluation Form

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Overview of Outreach Kits
The Museum has five Civil War outreach kits available for loan, which contain multiple lessons, reproduction objects, facsimile documents, and age appropriate books.  These teacher resources target grades 5-8 and cover four areas: Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Slavery in Illinois, and Civil War Soldiers.  The kits were developed by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) in conjunction with their 2009 traveling Lincoln exhibit.  This series brings the lessons of Lincoln and his era to the children of Maine through experiential learning using concrete objects and situations.

Borrowing the Kits
Outreach kits are available for loan at the Wilson Museum by contacting the Education Coordinator at
info@wilsonmuseum.org , or by calling 326-9247.  This series of kits can be loaned in its entirety at no charge for up to five weeks, or by sections for up to three weeks.  Teachers are responsible for picking up and returning the kits, unless other arrangements can be made.  The Museum is the only distributor of the Lincoln's Legacy Learning Series kits in Maine.

Lincoln Biography KitLincoln Biography Reading Kit
Learn about the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln through seven lessons that span our sixteenth president's life.  These lessons utilize primary and secondary sources, and encourage research and writing.

Mary Lincoln Kit ImageMary Lincoln Kit
Using varied sources and perspectives, explore some of the different views of Mary Lincoln, how her contemporaries and present day historians came to their conclusions, and learn about the difficulties involved in writing about and researching historical figures.


Civil War Kit ImageCivil War Soldier Kit
Utilize letters, photographs, secondary source texts, and reproduction objects to discover why Civil War soldiers fought, the rations they were given, and how museums  present information about the War.


Slavery Kit ImageSlavery in Illinois Kit
Learn about life as a slave; travel a route of the Underground Railroad; determine the differences between slavery and indentured servitude; and discuss the viewpoints nineteenth century Americans had about Lincoln, slavery, and race.

Lincoln Legacy Kit ImageLincoln's Legacy Learning Kit
Receive an overview of Lincoln's life and legacy through this condensed version of all four kits.  These materials are designed for those who want to cover the same basic topics in slightly less detail and in a shorter amount of time.


Robin Bray Museum-Based Learning Award

Robin BrayDesigned for Teachers of Grades 5-8 in Blue Hill, Brooksville, Bucksport, Penobscot, Sedgwick, and Surry, the Robin Bray Museum-Based Learning Award has been established in memory of Robin, an outstanding Orland school teacher noted for her use of experiential learning. This financial award is designed to support student learning in and beyond the classroom. Teachers are invited to apply for this $500 award to support project development, materials, transportation, incidental costs, or as a stipend. Projects must involve at least one class visit to the Wilson Museum and connect with your curriculum. Museum Class Visit

For 2020-21 application, click here.


Outline of sample units include:

Penobscot Bay Life in the 1800s: Home, Work, and Play
An Emerging Economy: Native American and European Trade 1500-1800
Baskets, Boxes, and Bowls around the World
from Wabanaki unit

Past curriculum units created:

The Blue Hill Peninsula in the Civil War
by Kyle Snow, Grade 7-8, Blue Hill Consolidated School

by Shawn Kenniston, Grade 6, Bucksport Middle School




Open: May 27 - September 30
Weekdays 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday & Sunday 2 - 5 pm
John Perkins House Bullet The Village Blacksmith Bullet Wood Shop
July - August, Wednesday & Sunday, 2 - 5 pm
Group visits can be arranged by appointment.
(207) 326-9247   info@wilsonmuseum.org
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Admission is free, except for the John Perkins House,
where there are guided tours on the hour.
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