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discover

With 30+ interactive exhibits across 3 floors, we invite you to explore the worlds of science, nature, geography, children’s literature, music, art, and anatomy.

floor one

REPTILE ROOM

We have some amazing animals at MDM and we can’t wait for you to meet them! From turtles to snakes, there’s a world of non-furry friends waiting to say “hi!”

NATURE TRAILS

Explore Maine’s ecosystems and wildlife along a 20-foot waterway or inside a beaver lodge. Send a boat down a river and create hydropower. For a bird’s-eye view, climb to the top of a two-story treehouse, and discover live wetland creatures in Turtle Alley.

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floor two

BOOKTOWN

Explore scenes from your favorite Maine children’s stories, like Goodnight Moon! Ride a motorcycle, put on a play, plant a garden, and explore the library.

TRADEWINDS

​Make connections from Maine all across the globe. Prepare a meal in an Italian kitchen, play the drums in Brazil, drive a truck, or captain a cargo ship to the destination of your dreams.

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floor three

SUN, EARTH, UNIVERSE

Blast off! In this hands-on exhibition, you’ll learn about how scientists study the Earth, Sun, solar system, and the universe.

ARTSCAPE

Be an artist! Design, create, build, and more with exhibits geared to bring out the Monet in us all. Design a Light-Bright display or build a towering sculpture from PVC pipes. 

PET VET

Take care of Pedro, Digger, and Tab. E. Cat! Perform a “cat” scan, wellness exam, and mend an owie limb. Learn how to take care of our stuffy pet vet patients and your real pets at home.

DINO DIG

Dig up and identify fossils, read about dinosaurs, and discover fossil hunting in Maine. Based on paleontology, the study of prehistoric life, DINO DIG gives museum visitors a glimpse into the work of a paleontologist. What were dinosaurs like? What did they eat? What is a living fossil?

DOCTOR'S OFFICE

What happens at the doctor’s office? Be the patient or the doctor as you explore the many aspects of medicine while play-acting and pretending.

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