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.
To book a tour at the Hudson Museum, please fill out the Tour Request Form (PDF) and contact Gretchen Faulkner at 581-1904 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks prior to the desired tour date to ensure convenience of scheduling.
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.
From the South:
From I-95, take exit 191 to Kelly Road and turn right.
From the North
From I-95, take exit 191 to Kelly Road and turn left.
Continue on Kelly Road for 1 mile until you reach the traffic light, then turn left onto Route 2 and go through downtown Orono. Cross the river, then bear right onto Park Street. Continue .5 miles and take the Rangeley Road exit from the traffic circle onto the University of Maine campus. At the fork in the road, bear left and proceed toward the Memorial Union circle. Please off-load students by pulling up beside the fire lane between the Class of 1944 Hall and the Collins Center. Once students are off-loaded buses should park in the Belgrade Lot.
*Updated as of 01.31.19
Tour and Gallery Program Information
Adventures in Archeology Program
Using objects in the museum’s World Cultures Gallery, students will explore aspects of culture, including writing systems, foodways, and transportation. They will also explore how the environment, natural resources, and cultural preferences impact the types of houses cultures create. Figure out who lives in a wigwam, yurt, igloo, stilt house, or a house made from adobe bricks–and why. Match forms of transportation with how they are powered. Explore plants and animals from around the world, figure out where they came from and how they have been integrated into our diet. Try your hand at using masks to tell a story.
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.
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 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. Tour group size for individual tours is 25 however, we can accommodate group sizes up to 75 students at a time. There is a charge of $2 per person. School groups should be accompanied by one adult (admitted free) for every 10 students. For accommodations for persons with disabilities, please call: 207.581.1904. For information about how the Hudson Museum supports teaching Maine Native American history and culture in the classroom, visit our Curriculum Resources index of online articles and activities.