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Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage

Hours & Info

Open July - August

Wednesday - Saturday

12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m.

(except holidays)

Extended hours during
the Union Fair - free admission
for fair ticket holders

May - Sept.
(207) 563-1544

Oct. - April
(802) 476-2792

Location & Directions

Visit the Moxie Wing!

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Welcome to the Matthews Museum!

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

It also features a sizeable collection of Moxie memorabilia, housed in the new annex at the west end of the museum.

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

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.

Ensure Our Future

Treasure the Past - Educate the Present - Inspire the Future

Help the Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage, a 501(c)(3) 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.

Become a Matthews Museum member today!

Our year ends on October 31, and payments for membership renewals are encouraged by November 30. New members joining from May 1 to October 31 will receive an additional full year of membership. All members will receive timely "Museum Musings" newsletters, either by email (preferred) or U.S. Mail.

Give a Gift Membership

Help the Matthews Museum to improve forever. Give a gift membership to a friend, family member, or neighbor this year.


We appreciate your tax-deductible donations to help us continue to offer exceptional educational experiences to our visitors year after year. Visit our Support page to donate online or download our mail-in form!


Looking for a unique gift as well as a way to help the Matthews Museum? Check out the fun line of Moxie merchandise in our online Moxie Shop or at the Museum during our summer season. Share your love of Moxie while helping the Museum grow!

You can also support the Matthews Museum by shopping online through See our Support page to find out more!