The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum

Bowdoin College,9500 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011 - United States





Free Everyday

The Arctic Museum is a small and intimate museum on the Bowdoin College campus that focuses on all things Arctic. It is named after Robert E. Peary and Donald B. MacMillan, two famous Arctic explorers who are also Bowdoin alumni. Museum exhibits change throughout the year and feature the history of American Arctic exploration, the natural history of the Arctic, Inuit cultures, and historic and contemporary Inuit art. Arctic animals such as polar bears, walrus, caribou and musk ox are always on view. The museum has major research collections (photography, film, exploration, Inuit and Innu artifacts, Canadian and Alaskan Inuit art) that can be viewed by appointment.


A Resounding Beat: Music in the Inuit World
Inuit visual artists often portray traditional drummers, singers, and dancers in their works, highlighting the ways such performances and songs are crucial links to the past.

Enduring Connections: Contemporary Alaskan Yup’ik and Iñupiat Art
Features historic and contemporary Alaskan Yup’ik and Iñupiat art.

Peary and His Northern World
Features Peary’s methods of travel and equipment, and Matthew Henson’s role on the historic North Pole expedition of 1909.

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