Founded in 1928, the Wilson Museum in Castine uses its diverse collections and learning experiences to stimulate exploration of the natural history and cultures of the Penobscot Bay region and the world. Highlights of the collection include six dioramas constructed by Ned Burns of the American Museum of Natural History in 1926; ship models; and a reconstructed 1805 kitchen.

This summer’s special exhibition is “Salvaging the Past: 1779 and the Privateer Defence,” which features artifacts from underwater excavation on loan from the Maine State Museum. The museum offers an array of summer programming for all ages, including blacksmithing and wood-turning demonstrations.

The Wilson Museum is one of more than 180 nonprofits that have transferred their endowments to the community foundation for management. Museums, libraries, historical societies, and community centers are among the cultural institutions that partner with the foundation.

Learn more about our endowment management services on our website or by calling Liana Kingsbury, senior foundation officer, at 877-700-6800, ext. 2201.

Photo:  Children make ice cream as part of the Wilson Museum's educational program, “Cocoa Ice.” Photo courtesy Wilson Museum