Maine's Natural History Museum 

                                                 -Inspiring Wonder!                      



The Museum Gift Shop will be in the lovely and WARM Prescott Building for the Festival of Trees

 from December 6- December 12th 2015! We have GREAT stocking stuffers.

Winter Open Hours (limited 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! 


 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

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 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!



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