News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, July 29, 2021
Happenings at the Wilson Museum

The Wilson family is in town! To celebrate their visit during the Wilson Museum’s 100th anniversary season, the museum staff has planned a variety of events for the family and the public alike, according to a press release.

Collecting Castine 2021

This year’s Collecting Castine art exhibit honors past Wilson family artists and will be available for viewing Monday, July 26 through Thursday, August 5 in the Hutchins Education Center on the museum campus. See the Wilson Museum’s calendar of events at for further details.

Penobscot Expedition Presentation

On Friday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m., learn about the largest American naval expedition of the Revolutionary War, the Penobscot Expedition, that took place in Penobscot Bay in 1779 from today’s leading expert, Dr. Liam Riordan. The event will be held outside on the Wilson Museum’s shore lot.

Penobscot Expedition Walking Tour

Join the museum on Friday, July 30, at 1 p.m. for a walking tour of Castine’s historic sites relative to the Penobscot Expedition, offered in partnership with the Castine Historical Society. Space is limited, so come early to reserve a spot for this first-come-first-serve experience.

Castine Town Band

Come enjoy a free outdoor concert on Friday, July 30, at 6 p.m., along the picturesque shore of Castine Harbor when the Castine Town Band performs on the Wilson Museum’s shore lot. Please bring your own chair and/or blanket.

Wilson Museum in Historical Perspective

Stop by the Wilson Museum campus at 120 Perkins Street on Sunday, August 1, at 4 p.m., to meet members of the Wilson family and gain a historical perspective of the Wilson Museum, as guest presenters share information about American science between 1890 and 1920 and the role of natural history museums during the last century in science and education. Come early to enjoy living history demonstrations starting at 2 p.m. before joining the staff under the big tent for the presentations.

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