Announcement

The Page Farm and Home Museum will be temporarily closed to the public beginning at noon on March 13, 2020.

As part of the University of Maine and the University of Maine Machias’ response to COVID-19, the Page Museum will be closed to the public beginning at noon on Friday, March 13, 2020 until further notice. The University of Maine and the Page Museum will be closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will provide updates, as available, on the Museum’s website.

We will also be suspending field trips to the Museum for the rest of this term.

UMaine faculty and staff, including those with emeritus status, are welcome to visit the Page Museum, by appointment, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. All public programs currently scheduled through April 30, 2020 have been cancelled.

The Museum is presently looking at ways to enjoy the collection remotely, so please check back for updates or announcements on our plans for digital access to collections. We look forward to welcoming our visitors back to our galleries as soon as possible and encourage you to keep up to date with health protocols and information updates provided by the Maine Center for Disease Control and the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Hats off" to special guest Dana Dolloff and his fellow University of Maine Class of 1963 Alumni! The Page Museum would like to express our thanks for the generous donation given to us by this UMaine class and highlight their contribution to the Preservation Project. The Preservation Project is a campaign to fund the restoration and preservation of the historical structures that house our artifacts, and give insight into what Maine life actually looked like in the past. Thank you UMaine Class of 1963!

Teachers: Are you interested in taking your class for a tour of the museum?  If so, please go to our Education page.

All groups coming to the Museum must call the Museum office at 581.4100 at least two weeks prior to their visit to confirm space and schedule availability.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Page Farm & Home Museum is to collect, document, preserve, interpret and disseminate knowledge of Maine history relating to farms and farming communities between 1865 and 1940, providing an educational and cultural experience for the public and a resource for researchers of this period.

History

Through its collections and programs, the Page Farm and Home Museum contributes to the educational mission of The University of Maine. Thousands of patrons come to the Page Farm and Home Museum each year to learn about the industry, agriculture, economy, and home-life of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Maine Experiment Station barn, a post and beam structure, is the centerpiece of the Museum. The three-story building, built in 1833, is the last original agricultural building on the University of Maine campus. The quiet and unassuming exterior belies the rich cultural heritage that it represents. The Museum campus includes The Chute Schoolhouse, an 1855 one-room schoolhouse from Holden,  The Winston E. Pullen Carriage House and the Blacksmith Shop. A ¼ acre Heritage Garden rounds out the Museum. Heirloom varieties of herbs, flowers, and vegetables that were grown from 1865 to 1940 are cultivated here.

The Museum is home to the state’s most important collection of farm technologies and artifacts of rural culture. The Museum assures that future generations will be able to gain valuable and practical insights into Maine’s rural past. The Page Museum is about farming, and until recently, Maine was about farming. Some would claim that Maine’s farming days are not yet over. Blueberries, potatoes, and aquaculture have all taken great strides in recent years. Agriculture promotes tourism both in the bucolic nature of the area and the tastes that become identified with Maine. In this part of Maine, with its often-shaky economy, the future of farming matters. However, there are many different ideas on what direction it should take. The Page Museum is more than a window to the past: In our exploration of conditions and philosophies of the past, we offer suggestions and ideas for the future.

Contact Us

To get in touch with the museum for more information, please go to our contact page.