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 open Tuesday-Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. No reservation required.

Please see the announcement on the museum's 'Plan Your Visit' page for instructions about how to visit us in person!

Announcement

The Arctic Museum Galleries are Now Open Tuesday-Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. No Reservation Required.

  • COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) is required of all visitors. 

  • All visitors are encouraged to wear masks within the museum.

  • Call (207) 725-3416 or email pmam@bowdoin.edu for more information.
Explore the Arctic!

Arctic Museum Exhibits

Fun and Games in the Arctic

Fun and Games in the Arctic

, Hubbard Hall foyer

Communities all over the world love games, and the people of the Arctic, and the Arctic Museum staff, are no exceptions.

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.

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.

Arctic Museum Stories