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Current Exibits

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 – 4:00 and by appointment  207-333-3881







Maine Industry Innovation Expo



Kids as Curators



New Exhibit: Maine's Industrial Landscapes

Janice Moore - Painter
Mark Marchesi - Photographer



“Covering the Nation: The Art of the Bates Bedspread” opened in July, in our Museum gallery. Guest Curator Jacqueline Field brought together some of the best known and most beautiful Bates bedspreads from the museum’s collection. Accompanying the bedspreads are display cases featuring advertising that was utilized to promote the Bates brand.  The exhibit will be up through the May 2017 to accommodate several educational programs and events.


Covering the Nation: The Art of the Bates Bedspread

This exhibit opened July 23rd with over 125 guests for the reception and kick off celebration.  It has continued to be a draw for our valued community members and others from all around our state.  We have also had tourists, educational parties, industry and special interest groups, and we continue field calls of interest from individuals and groups.  This summer we have had visitors from across the country including:  NH, MA, FL, VA, CA, TX, MT, RI, NY, NYC and DC!

Museum L-A and Bates College Collaboration

Fall 2016

Museum L-A and Bates College are longtime collaborators for programs, art exhibits, performances and other initiatives including a number of student internship projects.  This August two new residences opened on campus and are now being filled with incoming Bates students. The interior artwork for both was inspired and created from museum artifacts, and was a product of collaboration by Museum L-A and the Bates project team.

Kids as Curators

May 2016

The “Kids as Curators” program begins with student visits to Museum L-A.  This is a chance for the students to experience firsthand what a museum is, what exhibits are, and the role a museum plays in the community. Many of the students have never had the chance to visit a museum, and more than a few are unsure of what a museum actually is, and most have never been to Museum L-A, their community museum.  The exposure to, and presence in, an actual museum setting, begins a journey of self- and family discovery, and educational process that would most likely not be available otherwise.