Maine's Natural History Museum
Fall and Winter Open Hours
Wednesday through Saturday 10 am to 4:30 pm and MOST Sundays 1-4:30 pm (call if you plan on a Sunday visit)
All other times by appointment or chance. We are not here if the roads are snowy.
Please dress warmly, we are often a chilly place!
Saturday October 24th and Friday October 30th
from 6pm until 8pm: Halloween Flashlight Tours!
Come explore the museum by flashlight! The awesomely decorated L.C. Bates Museum will have creepy scavenger hunts, owl pellets to dissect and guided explorations about bats.
Regular admission applies. Bring a flashlight too. :)
Adults $3.00, Children up to 17 years $1.00
The museum includes amazing natural history exhibits, fun local history, Native American collections, rocks and minerals, fossils, outside nature trails, picnic tables, and an arboretum behind the museum.
The museum even has themed art exhibits from artists of New England each summer through fall.
We are also on facebook at www.facebook.com/lcbates
and Instagram at lcbatesmuseum.
Self-Guided Outdoor Activities
Good Will-Hinckley Nature Trails Start Behind the Museum-
your family can stop in for self guided map, a Discovery backpack to take out, or take a picnic.
Museum Gift Shop
Open museum hours. The gift shop features many fun and educational items for curious adults and children, including puppets, books, jewelry, posters, and natural items such as minerals, shells and fossils. The gift shop has a wide range of prices including 1$ 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.
L. C. Bates Museum
At Good Will-Hinckley
Rt 201, PO Box 159, Hinckley, ME 04944
CHECK OUT OUR AWESOME PHOTOS BELOW!
Fun at the Pond! Children learn that wetlands are filled with life- from amphibian to insect to crustacean!
Pondering the Audubon 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!