Virtual Exhibits

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

Virtual Exhibits

Matthew Alexander Henson

Matthew Alexander Henson

, Virtual Exhibition

Matthew A. Henson spent years exploring the Arctic with Robert E. Peary and in 1909 he was the only other American to stand with Peary at the North Pole. Henson was excluded from receiving the many honors showered on Peary and the other white members of the expedition. Only near the end of his life did Henson received recognition for his remarkable career as an Arctic explorer.

Happy 100th Birthday Schooner Bowdoin!

Happy 100th Birthday Schooner Bowdoin!

, Virtual Exhibition

One hundred years ago, on April 9, 1921, a remarkable new vessel slipped down the ways at the Hodgdon Brothers Boatyard in East Boothbay, Maine. She was the schooner Bowdoin, designed by William Hand for Donald B. MacMillan specifically for sailing in the icy uncharted waters of the Arctic.

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.

Arctic Spring

Arctic Spring

, 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.

Qamutit: Greenland Sled Portraits

Qamutit: Greenland Sled Portraits

, Virtual Exhibition

Photos by award-winning photographer Rhea Banker. In evocative photos of Greenland dog sleds on summer landscapes, photographer Rhea Banker reflects on this vital form of Inuit transportation, now threatened by the ongoing loss of winter sea ice.

Virtual Pop-Up Museum!

Virtual Pop-Up Museum!

, Virtual Exhibition

During the first week of May the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum put out a call for submissions for our first-ever virtual pop-up museum. The goal was to create an exhibit showcasing objects individuals would associate with the pandemic for years to come.

Dogs at Work in the North

Dogs at Work in the North

, Virtual Exhibition

Dogs have been working companions to Inuit for over 1000 years, yet social and environmental changes are threatening their place in Inuit society. This photo exhibit examines past and contemporary use of dogs.

Melting Away: Arctic Cultural Heritage at Risk

Melting Away: Arctic Cultural Heritage at Risk

, Virtual Exhibition

Archaeologists working across the north are scrambling to document, salvage, and if possible, protect important historic and prehistoric sites threatened by retreating permafrost and increasing coastal erosion due to rising temperatures. Photographs contributed by researchers working in Alaska, Canada, and Greenland document the extent and urgency of this critical issue.