In the spring of 2023, the Arctic Museum will open inaugural exhibitions in our new home, the John and Lile Gibbons Center for Arctic Studies on the Bowdoin College campus. One of the new temporary exhibits planned for this new facility will feature contemporary Inuit photography.
Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum Holiday Hours
The Museum will be CLOSED for the College's Winter Break, Friday, December 22, 2023 thru Friday, January 5, 2024.
The Museum will REOPEN on Saturday, January 6, 2024, resuming normal operating hours.
Arctic Museum Exhibits
Museums bring collections to life by telling their stories. Often, donors share personal memories of objects. Recollections of community members where the works were made and used add additional meanings, and new research can unveil entirely new stories. Here we trace the growth of the Arctic Museum's collection through planning and serendipity and also highlight stories from the collection, with appreciation of the museum's many donors and collaborators.
From the sledge that carried Peary to the North Pole in 1909 to a SmartBUOY that tells contemporary Inuit travelers if the sea ice is safe, this exhibit examines life in the Arctic historically and today.
Black Lives Matter:
The Arctic Museum’s Plan for Moving Forward
In support of the Black Lives Matter Movement, the staff of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum has been reflecting upon our institutional history and what we can do moving forward to better promote Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) voices, and to actively combat the white supremacy imbedded in our society.
We acknowledge that we are currently an all-white permanent staff at a predominantly white institution of higher education. The idea of the modern museum itself, as originally conceived, is a racist, colonial enterprise, and our particular museum is named for and owes its origin to two individuals who operated within colonial and racist frameworks.
For a long time, Arctic Museum staff have understood that museums are not neutral, and we have prioritized anticolonial practices and programming. Nevertheless, we recognize the reality that much more is needed.
Simply the Best: John and Lile Gibbons Center, Barry Mills Hall Tops in New England Construction ProjectsThe project comprising the new John and Lile Gibbons Center and Barry Mills Hall already had the distinction of being the first commercial-scale, fully mass timber buildings in the state. Now, it has also been named best project in the higher education/research category by Engineering News-Record (ENR) New England, a weekly trade magazine covering the construction industry.
The mission to engage its visitors with the Arctic, the quest to shatter common stereotypes and misperceptions, and that stuffed walrus that had to be airlifted in—these are some the stories of the newly reopened Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum that were folded into coverage by the WCSH newsmagazine 207.