Bowdoin College's Hidden Gem...

One of the great things about living in a town the size of Brunswick is that there are wonderful little spots that go missed on a day-to-day basis, but every once in awhile you happen across them and they blow you away and how wonderful they are... the Peary-MacMillan Museum on the Bowdoin College Campus is just such a gem. I went on a field trip today with my son's class to visit the museum and... despite the absolutely frigid temperatures (Very Arctic like) it was a great day. The museum is housed in Hubbard Hall, one of the beautifully maintained buildings set around the college green. We were greeted by a friendly staff who immediately put the kids (and chaparones) at ease. They didn't even mind that the kids excitement was barely contained at times. We split up into group and followed Robert E. Peary and Donald B. MacMillan's voyage aboard the Bowdoin and then eventually, aided by the Inuit, to the North Pole. MacMillan didn't make it all the way there, only Peary and his group. But what they discovered along the way was more than a trek to the frigid North, but a group of people who had adapted to their environment and were gracious in their help. They helped the group adapt as well and this appears to have made the trip successful. I know... I keep going on and on... but it was such a good experience that I can only hope that others will take the time to check it out. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10-5, Sundays 2-5 and closed Mondays and Holidays. For more information call:207-725-3416 or check out their website for more info. I've provided the link above. There is also a wonderful online tour and podcasts available through their website.

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