Maine's Natural History Museum 

                                                 -Inspiring Wonder!                      



   We are currently on winter hours and will not be here on snowy days. 

Call ahead if you know that you are coming!

  Winter and Spring Hours: November- April

As the museum is not heated, we are here by appointment or chance most days. 

Wednesday to Saturday 10 am - 4:00 pm 

 Sundays 1 - 4:00 pm


 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. 

Due to the historic nature of the museum's 1903 architecture, we are not walker or wheelchair accessible. 

We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

We are also on facebook at

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.
Contact Information
L. C. Bates Museum
At Good Will-Hinckley
Rt 201, PO Box 159, Hinckley, ME 04944
207-238-4250- Email- 



Fun in the bird room!


Contemplating beauty in the museum.  


Exploring on a bug walk!     







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