Northern Maine Museum of Science: A Sight For Solar Eyes

Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall:In 1970 the University of Maine received two substantial natural history collections. The first was a conglomeration of marine and freshwater sea shells and local forestry specimens. The second was a significant portion of the discontinued Portland Museum of Natural History. In October of 1996 The Northern Maine Museum of Science officially opened its doors. Within the complex you will find three floors to explore. The first floor is devoted strictly to mathematics, featuring Platonic solids, Fibonacci numbers, infinity mirrors and more. The second floor is a collection of agricultural, forestry, chemistry and physics. Astrological buffs can marvel at the solar system scale model which is over 100’ long. The Northern Lights display will be sure to grab your attention as well. The third floor is filled with biological and geological displays. Minerals, aerial photos, insect and spider exhibits and fossils adorn this section of the museum. Furthermore the museum is home to a nature walk across seven acres with one main trail and one loop. It is open to foot traffic only and has ten stop stations with detailed explanations of native tree and shrub species. Next time you are heading to Aroostook County stop and enjoy this unique museum.