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Unique historical circumstances have provided Bowdoin with two extraordinary museums. Their cultural and educational resources play a significant role in the academic program.

The Museum of Art
houses one of the oldest and most prized college art collections in the nation, encompassing more than 20,000 objects in categories including Ancient; European; American; Non-Western; Modern & Contemporary; and Prints, Drawings, and Photography. A $20.8 million renovation and expansion, completed in 2007, improves visitor access to the landmark McKim, Mead and White building, adds new gallery space and a modern classroom facility, and protects the art collection with a new climate control system and state-of-the-art storage facility.

The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum
(established in 1967) and its collections reflect the long tradition of work in the Arctic by Bowdoin faculty, students, and alumni since 1860. The Museum is named in honor of two famous Arctic explorers and Bowdoin alumni, Robert E. Peary (Class of 1877) and Donald B. MacMillan (Class of 1898).