Traveling Trunks

Inspecting Maya Mask

Hands-on Learning Opportunities

Hudson Museum Traveling Trunks stimulate the study of fine arts, language arts, or social studies through a mini-exhibit, cultural artifacts and resource materials. These classroom exhibits are available for two week loan periods for a rental fee, which includes one-way shipping. Borrowers are responsible for return UPS shipping expenses.

To book one of these exhibits, please contact Kelly Hoover at (207) 581-1906 or by email at


Traveling Trunk Information

As of July 1, 2022, the fee for a Traveling Trunk is $80 for a 2 week loan (within Maine).  This includes UPS delivery to your school and administration and processing fees. You are responsible for return shipping costs or you may return the trunk in Person.  Shipping to addresses outside of Maine varies and the loan cost will be assessed on a individual basis.

If you wish to pick up the trunk from the Hudson Museum and transport it to your school and return it to the museum at the end of the loan period, the fee is $35 for a 2 week loan.

People of the Dawn: Past and Present

Maine’s Native peoples were and continue to be a significant part of the state’s multi-cultural population. Display panels showcase drawings and historic and contemporary photographs that illustrate traditional life from 1600 to the present. The exhibit also includes hands-on materials: examples of Wabanaki basketry, birch bark work and other art forms, reference books, videos and audio CDs.

In Beauty and Harmony: The Navajo and Their Textiles

This exhibit showcases Navajo weaving but also includes material on other aspects of Navajo culture and traditions. Included in the exhibit are books, videos and reference materials, as well as Navajo textiles and weaving tools.

The Maya

The Classic period of ancient Maya civilization saw the establishment of extensive settlements and the development of astronomy, art, architecture and writing. Contemporary artifacts include a dance mask, textiles, musical instruments and ceramics. Video reference materials and a back-strap loom are also included.

Three Arctic Visits

Based on the Museum’s popular exhibit Arctic Visits: Three Journeys of Discovery to Native Communities, this classroom exhibit includes a three-panel, mini-exhibit—each panel devoted to a different “explorer”—and a wide range of educational materials including a selection of books about the Arctic, videos, and hands-on materials including a Yup’ik doll, grass basket, ulu, and dog sled model. This classroom exhibit provides an excellent resource for pre-tour preparation and post-tour activities.


Please direct inquiries regarding Hudson Museum education programs to Kelly Hoover at (207) 581-1906 or by email at