We have a new link to share with you all to the L.C. Bates Museum, located on the Goodwill-Hinckley School grounds on route 201 in Hinckley. If you’ve driven from Waterville to Skowhegan, you’ve driven right by this stately looking building. I haven’t been up to see them, but hope to do so this year. There are simply too many things going on for me to get to them all, unfortunately. But here’s a brief run down of what they offer up there:
Their websites intro says; The L. C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley is an early 20th century natural history and cultural museum. It is housed in an historic 1903 Romanesque Revival brick school building. Museum exhibits include Maine natural history, Americana, art, archaeology, minerals, ethnology, and Maine history. Featured museum exhibit tells the history of Good Will-Hinckley and the children who called it home.
There are nature trails, picnic tables, and an arboretum behind the museum.
Summer Art Exhibits are held in the museum. Saturdays features Family and Children’s natural history and history workshops and hikes. The Museum offers Outreach and In-House Natural History and Maine History programs for schools and groups and programs for birthday parties
Here’s the rest of the main story from their front page:
Admission: Adults $3.00, Children up to 17 years $1.00
Open hours: Spring, Summer and Autumn Hours (April until mid-November):
Weds, Thurs, Fri and Sat 10 AM to 4:30PM and Sunday 1 to 4:30 PM and other times by appointment.
Winter Hours (mid-Nov – March) – Wednesday through Saturday 10AM to 4:30PM and other times by appointment or chance, please call 238-4250
to be sure we are here to greet you in winter. Closed if the roads are snowy. Please note we are not heated in winter! Dress warmly if you come for a visit.
Self-Guided Outdoor Activities:
Good Will-Hinckley Nature Trails Start Behind the Museum Self-Guided Trail Maps, Children’s Outdoor Discovery Packs, and Museum Animal Discovery Boxes, are available at the museum
Picnic Tables in Arboretum- Carry/In Carry/out
Museum Gift Shop: Open museum hours. The gift shop features many educational items for curious adults and children, including puppets, books, jewelry, posters,
and natural items such as minerals, shells and fossils. The gift shop has a wide range of prices including 1$ dollar items to allow kids and school groups to shop too!
Membership and Volunteering: We welcome new museum memberships and volunteers to have fun, share their knowledge and learn while making the L.C.Bates Museum available to central Maine Community. If you have a special interest or talent, please inquire about volunteering.
The L.C.Bates Museum is located 5 miles north of I 95 exit 133 on Rt. 201halfway between Skowhegan and Fairfield.
L. C. Bates Museum
At Good Will-Hinckley
Rt 201, PO Box 159, Hinckley, ME 04944
207-238-4250- E-mail- firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to visit and support them if you can, or at the very least check out the web site here. Who knows, maybe you’ll get some vacation ideas for this summer’s fun?
If you have a society, museum or other non-profit history related website and would like to have a link placed in our directory, simply drop me an email at email@example.com. As a reminder, I’m planning on beginning a series of highlights of Maine historical organizations, so if you’d like to be in on that project let me know at the same address. And if you have a for profit venue, I’m currently examining advertising possibilities as well.