Peary–MacMillan Arctic Museum

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center

Museum Hours

The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum is closed to the public but open to Bowdoin faculty, staff and students by appointment.
Explore the Arctic!

Current Exhibitions

Kajak!

Kajak!

, Arctic Museum main galleries

Inspired by the full-sized Nunatsiavut kayak given to the College in 1891 and on display in the museum gallery for over 50 years, this exhibit explores making and using traditional kayaks from Greenland, Labrador, and beyond. It features over 20 model kayaks and umiaks, as well as associated equipment, historic film and photographs, and the centerpiece of the exhibit, a full size replica of the 1891 Kajak created for this exhibit.

Arctic Spring Virtual Exhibit

Arctic Spring Virtual Exhibit

, Virtual Exhibition

Spring in the Arctic is a magical time of year, bringing both joy and challenges. In this unusual spring, we turn to historic images from our collection to celebrate the beauty of the changing seasons, the hope that comes with the return of the sun.

Dressing It Up: Beadwork in Northern Communities

Dressing It Up: Beadwork in Northern Communities

, Virtual Exhibition

Women across the north have always created beautiful clothing, footwear, bags, and other objects for their families. In the past they decorated their work with dyed bird and porcupine quills, contrasting colors of hide and fur, and beads carved from stone, bone, ivory, and shell, creating pleasing patterns that also often had important symbolic meaning.

Blossoming Tundra: The Photography of Rutherford Platt

Blossoming Tundra: The Photography of Rutherford Platt

, Virtual Exhibition

Flowers bloom profusely in the brief summers of the high Arctic, thriving in the 24-hour daylight despite low temperatures, little water, strong winds, and little or no soil. Growing low to the ground, tiny blossoms can be found scattered on otherwise bare ground or growing in dense mats. They bloom almost as soon as the snow begins to melt and continue through the short summer.

Colorful Arctic: Donald B. MacMillan’s Lantern Slides

Colorful Arctic: Donald B. MacMillan’s Lantern Slides

, Hubbard Hall foyer

This exhibit presents a selection of Donald B. MacMillan’s gorgeous hand-tinted glass lantern slides, recently digitized with support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

A Resounding Beat: Music in the Inuit World

A Resounding Beat: Music in the Inuit World

, Arctic Museum main galleries

Traditional and contemporary music is a vibrant part of Inuit society. 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. Contemporary musicians are reviving traditional music, performing pieces in their original forms. At the same time, they are incorporating elements of older musical styles into modern genres, creating unique contemporary sounds.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Kajak!

Kajak!

, Arctic Museum main galleries

Inspired by the full-sized Nunatsiavut kayak given to the College in 1891 and on display in the museum gallery for over 50 years, this exhibit explores making and using traditional kayaks from Greenland, Labrador, and beyond. It features over 20 model kayaks and umiaks, as well as associated equipment, historic film and photographs, and the centerpiece of the exhibit, a full size replica of the 1891 Kajak created for this exhibit.

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