As of June 1, 2009, the Saco Museum will offer new, expanded hours for the summer and beyond. Changes include open hours on Sunday, expanded hours on Saturday, and free evening hours on Fridays, instead of Thursdays. The new hours are as follows:

Tuesday through Thursday: noon to 4 p.m.
Friday: noon to 8 p.m. (free admission after 4 p.m.)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.*
Sunday (June through December only): noon to 4 p.m.

*Please note that the museum will open at noon on Saturday, June 20.

"Libraries and museums are more important than ever during these challenging economic times," said Leslie Rounds, Executive Director of the Dyer Library Association, which is the Saco Museum's parent institution. "By expanding the museum's hours and continuing to offer free evening hours once a week, we will provide the community with an affordable place to go to have fun, see beautiful things, and learn about our history."

Admission fees for the Saco Museum remain unchanged. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for students and children ages 7 to 18. Children 6 and under are admitted free.

Admission is always free to Dyer Library / Saco Museum cardholders and their guests under our "One Card, Two Doors" program. This program, begun in 2006, offers unlimited free admission to the Saco Museum for the cardholder and his or her guests, as well as borrowing privileges at the Dyer Library. All Saco residents may sign up for a DL/SM card for free; those from outside Saco may get a card for a $25 annual fee. All proceeds benefit the Dyer Library and Saco Museum.

The Saco Museum, founded as the York Institute in 1866, boasts an exemplary collection of more than 10,000 artifacts, including superb collections of documented local furniture, clocks, and other decorative arts such as silver, ceramics, textiles and costumes. The museum is well known for its rich collection of paintings from the Saco River region, including the finest and largest collection of portraits by the renowned Deaf artist John Brewster, Jr. (1766 - 1854). The major summer exhibition for 2009 is A Treasured Ten: A Decade of Collecting at the Saco Museum, on view July 5 through November 15.