Maine Maritime Museum eliminates admission fees for children

Central Maine Power sponsors free children’s admission for five years
Wed, 12/29/2021 - 8:15am

As part of its ongoing effort to improve accessibility, Maine Maritime Museum is offering free admission to all visitors under the age of 17. Thanks to the generous support of Central Maine Power (CMP), the new admission structure will continue through December 2026.

“We are committed to making the museum accessible to all, and we understand that admission fees are a barrier to many in our community. We hope that welcoming children to visit the museum free of charge will provide more families with the opportunity to explore this special place,” said Christopher Timm, interim executive director. “We are so grateful for Central Maine Power’s support of this important initiative.”

Open year-round, Maine Maritime Museum explores Maine’s rich maritime culture through dozens of indoor and outdoor exhibits, including two new installations: Arthur Beaumont: Art of the Sea, and Cotton Town: Maine’s Economic Connections to Slavery, both on view through spring 2022.

 “We hope this partnership will encourage more Mainers to visit the museum to learn about our deep and rich maritime heritage,” said Joe Purington, president/CEO of Central Maine Power. “CMP has a long history of giving back to our surrounding communities and we’ve enjoyed our relationship with the museum over the past few years.”

In 2019, CMP made a generous donation to the museum’s First Impressions Project which helped provide a complete redevelopment of the front entrance and south side of the museum’s campus. The donation supported an eco-friendly landscape by using LED lighting to illuminate its new outdoor section.

As part of its accessibility initiative, the museum has also partnered with Museums for All, a program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to provide free admission to anyone with an EBT (electronic benefit transfer) card. As a participating institution, visitors can simply present their EBT card at the front desk to receive free admission for up to four people any time the museum is open.