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Education - Programs and Tours

The Hudson Museum offers guided tours and gallery programs for elementary and secondary school groups, as well as programs for University students and learners of all ages. Additionally, we offer programs that support state mandated educational initiatives.

All groups coming to the Museum must call the Museum office prior to their visit to confirm space and schedule availability,
Bus Arrival Information

Buses should arrive on campus at least 10 minutes prior to the group’s tour time.  UMaine Police advise that all buses should enter campus off Rt. 2 on the Rangeley Road.  (Bangor Savings Bank is on the corner).  At the Belgrade Road spur, buses should bear left and proceed on Belgrade Road heading towards the Memorial Union Circle.  Buses should proceed around the circle and stop to off-load students at the stop sign across from the glass entry pavilion of the Collins Center for the Arts.  Once students have exited the bus, buses are to park in the Hilltop lots.

Tour and Gallery Program Information

Explore Archaeology Program

Excavate the only indoor archaeological site in Maine in the comfort of the Hudson Museum. Students will excavate the Museum’s Arch Box, learn about the techniques that archaeologists use to understand the past; record and identify artifacts; map their locations and understand their context; and determine what types of activities were going on at the site. This activity is designed for 8 to 10 students and requires a minimum of 1 hour. Appropriate for students in grades 3 and up.

Maine Indians Program

Learn about the material culture of Maine’s four tribes, focusing on birchbark work, basketry, and carving traditions. Listen to a traditional Penobscot tale, play waltes, a Northeastern bowl and dice game, and make a bookmark or traditional container.

Native American Program

This program focuses on the Native Peoples of Maine, the Southwest, the Northwest Coast and the Arctic. Learn about the environments in which they live, their way of life through the objects that they make, and traditional artforms and activities.

Mesoamerican Civilizations Program

Learn about the civilizations–Olmec to Aztec–of Mesoamerica through artifacts from the Hudson Museum’s collection. This program is geared to middle school students.

Maine Indian Native Voices Videos Online

New Web-based Educational Resources to support the teaching of Maine Indian History and Culture. The video segments that are featured in the Maine Indian Gallery’s Native Voices kiosks are available for use in your classroom now.

Group Sizes, Fees and Pre-Visit Materials

Minimum group size is 10. Maximum group size is 25. If your group is larger than 25, concurrent tours are available. There is a charge of $2 per person. School groups should be accompanied by one adult (admitted free) for every 10 students. Additional chaperones are charged $2 per person. For accommodations for persons with disabilities, please call: 207.581.1904. Large print gallery guides and four audio tour units are available for some galleries. Pre-visit materials for some galleries are available upon request. For information about how the Hudson Museum supports teaching Maine Native American history and culture in the classroom, visit our Curriculum Connection index of online articles and activities.

Book a Tour

To book a tour at the Hudson Museum, contact Gretchen Faulkner at 581-1904 or by email at at least two weeks prior to the desired tour date to ensure convenience of scheduling.

Apply for Fieldtrip Funding

The Quimby Family Foundation is generously sponsoring a fieldtrip fund, which will help defray transportation costs and tour and performance fees for Collins Center for the Arts.  Funds will support fieldtrips taken during the 2013-2014 school year, for schools in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, Waldo, Hancock and Aroostook counties. 

To apply to this fund, school teachers must complete a one-page application addressing the goals of their trip, how it meets state mandated education initiatives, and how this opportunity will enhance classroom learning. The application form requests specific budget information for transportation costs based on a per mile expense for the bus plus driver costs. Schools are be required to match 1:1 the amount requested and requests may not exceed $500 per school.

Download the Quimby Family Foundation Field Trip Grant Form (PDF)

Applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the intended visit or performance date.  Please apply early, as we do not expect to be able to accommodate all requests!

Image Description: Students examine traditional Maya clothing

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Contact Information

Hudson Museum
5746 Collins Center for the Arts
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207)581-1901 | Fax: (207)581-1950E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System