Maine's Natural History Museum                       


Ant Farm art opens October 4th!

Click here for a link about the spooky flashlight tours! 

Want to schedule a fun field trip for students

at Maine's natural history museum?

Do you love historic museums filled with wonders?

Or perhaps you want to learn to catch frogs at a special event?

The L.C. Bates Museum is the place to do this and more!


 Adults $3.00, Children up to 17 years $1.00

The museum includes amazing natural history exhibits, fun local history, Native American collections, rocks and minerals, fossils, outside nature trails, picnic tables, and an arboretum behind the museum. 

The museum even has themed art exhibits from artists of New England each summer through fall.


Want more info on programs? See the link to museum programs on the left hand side of our page. 

We are also on facebook at


Open Hours
Spring, Summer and Autumn Hours (April until mid-November):
Wednesday to Saturday 10 AM to 4:30 PM and Sunday 1 to 4:30 PM and other times by appointment.

Winter Hours (mid-November to March)

Wednesday through Saturday 10AM to 4:30PM and other times by appointment or chance,

 please call 238-4250 to be sure we are here to greet you in winter. Closed if the roads are snowy. 

Please note that we are not heated in winter! Dress warmly if you come for a visit.

Self-Guided Outdoor Activities

 Good Will-Hinckley Nature Trails Start Behind the Museum- 

your family can stop in for self guided map, a Discovery backpack to take out, or take a picnic.

Museum Gift Shop
 Open museum hours. The gift shop features many fun and educational items for curious adults and children, including puppets, books, jewelry, posters, and natural items such as minerals, shells and fossils. The gift shop has a wide range of prices including 1$ dollar items to allow kids and school groups to shop too.
Membership and Volunteering
 We welcome new museum memberships and volunteers to have fun, share their knowledge and learn while making the L.C.Bates Museum available to central Maine Community. If you have a special interest or talent, please inquire about volunteering.
The L.C.Bates Museum is located 5 miles north of I 95 exit 133 on Rt. 201 halfway between Skowhegan and Fairfield.
Contact Information
L. C. Bates Museum
At Good Will-Hinckley
Rt 201, PO Box 159, Hinckley, ME 04944
207-238-4250- E-mail- 


Fun at the Pond! Children learn that wetlands are filled with life- from amphibian to insect to crustacean!


          Pondering the Audobon Room...


Trying out a hoop and stick toy!


This is an example of the museum's historic dioramas, painted in the 1920's by Impressionist painter Charles Hubbard.


The museum gift shop has something for everyone and great stocking stuffers!

Volunteers help to make the museum a success!

Touching real fossils


Many wonderful cultural artifacts are also on display!

The L. C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley is an early 20th century natural history and cultural museum. It is housed in an historic 1903 Romanesque Revival brick school building. Museum exhibits include Maine natural history, Americana, art, archaeology, minerals, ethnology, and Maine history. Featured museum exhibit tells the history of Good Will-Hinckley
and the children who called it home. 



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