Bowdoin College Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum
Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum
"Keeveeok's Journey," Victoria Mamnguqsualuk, Baker Lake, 1970. Stencil. Robert and Judith Toll Collection


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Exhibits:   Current   Past   Upcoming
June 12, 2018 - October 01, 2018
Hubbard Hall foyer
In 1947 and 1954 botanist and photographer Rutherford Platt sailed north aboard the Schooner Bowdoin to study these remarkable plants. Platt specialized in macrophotography and somehow managed to find space aboard the ship for his specialized lighting and camera setup. With it, he took a series of remarkable close-up photographs to highlight the wonders of these remarkable tiny flowers and illustrate their specialized adaptations.
March 08, 2018 - December 22, 2018
Arctic Museum main galleries
Over the last 150 years Alaskan Yup’ik and Inupiat artists have drawn on their ancient traditions to create works reflecting their rich history of innovation and resilience in the face of many challenges.
April 19, 2017 - December 31, 2019
Arctic Museum main galleries
This exhibit will explore the changes in Clothing and Identity in northern culture.
April 05, 2012 - December 31, 2020
Arctic Museum main galleries
As a pioneering Arctic explorer, Peary relied on many extraordinary people, including his family, financial backers, loyal expedition members, and the Inughuit men and women of Northwest Greenland.

October 02, 2018 - January 20, 2019
Hubbard Hall foyer
On the 100th anniversary of his death, we look at the life of Minik, a young Inughuit boy who in 1897 travelled to New York with his father and other relatives to spend a year working with an anthropologist. What began as an adventure ended in tragedy when Minik’s father, and most of the others, died of respiratory diseases. Minik was adopted and raised by an American family and did not return to Greenland until 1909. He lived there until 1916 when he returned to the US, only to die in the 1918 influenza epidemic.
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Now Showing: 'The Heath Hen' and Other Early Ornithological Films of Alfred Otto Gross

Rare films documenting ornithological research done in the late 1920s and early 1930s by Bowdoin professor of biology Alfred Otto Gross, including previously unknown footage of the last surviving heath hen, have now been preserved, digitized, and published online thanks to support from the National Film Preservation Foundation. 

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'Blossoming Tundra' on View in Photography Show at Arctic Museum

You may think of the Arctic as a barren wasteland, but plant life abounds. As soon as the snow melts flowers begin to bloom, taking advantage of round-the-clock sunlight. In 1947 botanist and photographer Rutherford Platt captured some stunning images.

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'Enduring Connections: Contemporary Alaskan Yup'ik and Iñupiat Art' Opening at the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum

Contemporary Alaskan art has its roots in both indigenous cultural traditions and the dramatic changes Alaskan society has experienced beginning in the mid-nineteenth century.

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Upcoming Events

Mingqaaq: The Life and Times of a Yup'ik Eskimo Coiled Basket

October 3, 2018 | 7:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

My Time With the 6th Soviet Antarctic Expedition, 1960-62

October 24, 2018 | 7:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Back on Tracks: The Recovery and Restoration of Labrador's First Snowmobile, a Model-T Ford

November 8, 2018 | 7:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

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Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum
Museum Hours
Regular Hours
Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday 2 PM to 5 PM

The museum is located on the main floor of
Hubbard Hall on the Bowdoin College campus.

Admission is FREE

For more information call:
207-725-3416
write to:
The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and
Arctic Studies Center

Bowdoin College
9500 College Station
Brunswick, Maine 04011-8495
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