The Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage. The way Maine Was.
Open July - August   Wednesday - Saturday:  12:00 noon until 4:00 pm. except holidays.
Extended opening hours during Union Fair; free admission for fair ticket holders.

Our Mission

The Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage has as its purpose the presentation of interesting programs and exhibits for the education of the public and preservation of antiquities relating to the history of Maine culture since colonial times.

The Museum is located in the Union Fairgrounds, on Common Road in Union, Maine. The Museum is open from July through August.

Referred to as "the area's best-kept secret", the Museum has been acclaimed as one of New England's finest museums with something of interest for everyone .  The Museum houses over 10,000 artifacts covering lifestyles in the 18th century, including carriages, agricultural tools, musical instruments, books, collections of photo prints and a research library.

 It also houses a sizeable collection of Moxie memorabilia, occupying, among other things, the new annex, at the west end of the museum.

Floor plan for the Matthews Museum of Maine Herritage in Union, Maine.

Ensure our Future

Treasure the past - Educate the present -  Inspire the future

Help Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage, a 501 c3 entity, continue its important work of presenting and preserving Maine history and heritage; educating the public by making available an outstanding collection of artifacts; making known the history of rural Maine; and ensuring the continuation of our efforts. Sign up a new member today!

Our year ends on October 31st and payments for membership renewals are encouraged by November 30. New members joining from May 1st to October 31st will receive an additional full year of membership. All members will receive timely ‘Museum Musings’ newsletters either by email (preferred) or US Mail. Address labels will contain a two digit date code indicating the status of your membership expiration. Sending renewal payments prior to a dues notice, will save your museum valuable costs. Please help us save. If there is an '13 on your address label you have paid your dues! Otherwise, your dues are due.

Gift Memberships help Matthews Museum to improve forever. Give a gift membership to a friend, family member or neighbor this year.

Matthews Museum is Registered at  Shop on Line? You Can Support Matthews Museum at NO Cost.

Go to the web site, register, naming the Matthews Museum as your donation recipient, go to the merchants listing and shop through the contact listed. Matthews will receive up to 15% of the amount spent, usually 3-4%, with no added cost to you. Merchants such as Sears, Barnes & Noble, Expedia, Home Depot, JC Penney, Coldwater Creek and Cabelas all participate. This is another way to help Matthews Museum raise funds. An extra $5 is donated the first time you shop.

  Visit Moxie Congress.   Visit the Union Historical Society website.   Visit the Union Fair website.
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