Last updated: 9/19/2022
Belfast, Maine
Address
10 Market Street
Belfast, ME 04915
phone: 207-338-9229
e-mail: info@belfastmuseum.org
web: www.belfastmuseum.org
Hours
Summer Hours until Labor Day
Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Until Columbus Day
Friday, Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Admissions
Adults: $5
Museum Type(s)
Staff
Megan C. Pinette, Curator of the Museum
Description

The Belfast Museum is housed in an 1835 brick Federal style house in the heart of downtown Belfast, Maine. Featured exhibits include: maritime history, early Belfast history, maps, notable men and women, and photographs and artifacts pertaining to our distinctive history.

In the newly renovated barn next to the Museum, we house the old two-man city jail, an antique horse-drawn hearse and signs from old Belfast businesses.

Did you know that the Yankee Screwdriver, still found in toolboxes today, was invented in Belfast? Or, that the baseball expression "at bat, on deck and in the hole (or hold)", used to describe the batters line-up, was first coined by a Belfast scorekeeper in 1872? The Museum has the scorebook used in that game!

Mission

The Belfast Historical Society and Museum is dedicated to the collection, conservation, preservation and interpretation of artifacts relevant to Belfast history. Visitors to the Museum will enjoy vintage photographs, maps, postcard collections and interpretive displays. An extensive archives and library are available for research.

History

The Belfast Historical Society was formed in 1955. The Museum opened in 1975.

Artifact Collections

The Museum houses artifacts from Native American spear points to a piece of the balloon used in the Explorer II stratospheric ascent in November 1935. We have an extensive collection of late 19th century women's clothing.

Got something in your attic?

We gratefully accept donations of all kinds, especially historical artifacts used in the past by our community. Other items:

  • Art
  • Jewelry
  • Photos
  • Maritime Artifacts
  • Model Ships
  • War Memorabilia
  • Vintage Clothing
  • Educational Programs

    Museum In The Streets

    The Belfast, Maine Museum in the Streets® is a heritage-discovery tour which features 30 panels and two large map panels. The tour is made up of photographs and interpretive text describing historic houses, the downtown, the waterfront and a few of our best-known men and women.

    All panels give the viewer a sense of place. It is designed as a bi-lingual history walking tour. We have chosen French as the second language in recognition of the Franco-American community within Maine.

    Walking Tours

    Our walking tours feature houses, churches and commercial structures of historic and architectural interest. All the structures are included in Belfast's Historic District, which is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. The tours are free, self–guided, and include easy to follow maps. Tours can be picked up at the Belfast Museum and the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce Information Center.

    Governance

    Board of Directors, with four Executive Board Members

    After many years of inactivity, the East Broad Top has been purchased by a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation. With strong backing from prominent rail-industry leaders, the EBT Foundation will work with the volunteers of the Friends of the East Broad Top and the Rockhill Trolley Museum to return our Baldwin-built steam locomotives to operating condition and to continue stabilizing the railroad’s historic buildings. After nearly two years of restoration, we are proud to once again offer train rides, immersive guided tours, special events and so much more. The Foundation is especially grateful to the Kovalchick family for having preserved this National Historic Landmark since 1956, and to the employees, volunteers, and fans whose enthusiasm makes this monumental undertaking worthwhile.

    Publications

    Newsletter to our membership

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    2022 Oregon Annual Conference, co-hosted with Western Museums Association
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    Monday, October 24 - Wednesday, October 26, 2022 — Rogers, Arkansas
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