Special Announcements

Winter Break: The Museum will be closed for UMaine Winter Break, December 19-January 18.

We hope you have a Wonderful Holiday Season!

Face coverings are required indoors for all persons – students, staff, faculty and visitors – regardless of vaccination status when indoors at a University facility—effective through December 17, 2021.

Museum open hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10AM to 3PM.

UMaine students, faculty and staff, including those with emeritus status, are welcome to visit the Page Museum outside of normal operating hours, by appointment.

The use of face coverings and the following of social distancing protocols are mandatory. There are areas of the Museum, the Blacksmith Shop and Heritage Gardens, both open-air exhibits, where guests may visit without wearing a mask, while continuing to maintain social-distancing protocols.

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.