Peary–MacMillan Arctic Museum

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

Museum Hours

The Arctic Museum Galleries in the John and Lile Gibbons Center for Arctic Studies are now OPEN!

Hours:
Tuesday thru Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Call (207) 725-3416 or email pmam@bowdoin.edu for more information.

Explore the Arctic!

Arctic Museum Exhibits

Reframing Historic Arctic Films - A Film Festival

Reframing Historic Arctic Films - A Film Festival

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This April the Arctic Museum is hosting a film festival celebrating the recovery of forgotten archival films documenting the Arctic, the discovery of people who contributed to the films but whose efforts were uncredited, and the ways Inuit filmmakers are using historic, visual documents in their contemporary films. All the presentations will be accompanied by fascinating and rarely seen archival footage, and there will be ample time between presentations for questions and discussion.

Iñuit Qiñiġaaŋi: Contemporary Inuit Photography

Iñuit Qiñiġaaŋi: Contemporary Inuit Photography

, Arctic Museum main galleries

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.

Collections and Recollections: Objects and the Stories They Tell

Collections and Recollections: Objects and the Stories They Tell

, Arctic Museum main galleries

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.

At Home in the North

At Home in the North

, Arctic Museum main galleries

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.

Up Coming Exhibits

Northern Nightmares: Monsters in Inuit Art

Northern Nightmares: Monsters in Inuit Art

, Arctic Museum main galleries

The landscapes and seascapes of the Arctic appear bleak and barren to those unfamiliar with the region, but Inuit know that they teem with life. Sea mammals and fish are abundant beneath the ice, and vast caribou herds graze on the tundra, willing to present themselves to respectful hunters. Inuit also know that among the animals they hunt to feed their families lurk more dangerous creatures. Monsters roam the land and swim in the icy waters, tempting the unwary into dangerous situations, stalking human prey, and even exacting revenge on behalf of malevolent humans. Come explore the world of monsters as envisioned by Inuit artists from the past and present.


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.

The museum's complete statement and action items can be found here.