AUGUSTA — To help offset the bad news of reduced hours and state closure days, the Maine State Museum is offering free admission on some days. Effective July 1, the four-floor museum adjacent to the State House will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The museum will be closed Sunday, Monday and state holidays. It will also be closed on three state government closure days over the the next three months: July 6, Aug. 7, and Sept. 4.
The museum will be open free of charge Saturday, June 27, in celebration of the Whatever Family Festival’s Day in Capitol Park; on July 18 when  Family Geography Day returns to the museum with live dance and musical performances; and all Saturdays in August.
In the past six months, two new major exhibitions, “At Home in Maine” and “Uncommon Threads: Wabanaki Textiles, Clothing, and Costume” have opened to the public. These have added an entire floor of personal stories and artifacts from Maine’s past. In the case of “Uncommon Threads,” visitors will discover beautiful and rare historic pieces made by Maine’s native people. Many of these artifacts have been borrowed from other museums and are being shown in Maine for the first time.
For more information and a complete schedule of hours and special events, visit www.mainestatemuseum.org


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