Current Exhibitions

MAKING HISTORY: Art and Industry in the Saco River Valley
Come see the history of the Saco River Valley as you never have before, with art, historical artifacts, computer activities, and hands-on exhibits for all ages! This exhibit is a part of a multi-venue exhibition of local history funded by a Preserve America grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, and by the Maine Humanities Council.

From the Elegant to the Everyday: 200 Years of Fashion in Northern New England
March 15 - May 3, 2014
From the Elegant to the Everyday: 200 Years of Fashion in Northern New England
Opening reception, Friday March 14 at 5:30 pm
March 15 through May 3, 2014

Drawn from the collection of the Saco Museum, as well as other institutions in Maine and New Hampshire, this exhibition will focus on the clothing worn by the inhabitants of northern New England from the 18th through the 20th centuries. It will include not only examples of "best" dress, but also items of everyday clothing. Fashionable attire was not confined to just special occasion garments or the clothing of the elite; even ordinary clothes reflected the current style of their day. In addition to outerwear such as 18th-century cloaks, ladies' gowns of the 19th century, and 20th-century men's suits and military uniforms, there will be a wide variety of accessories on view as well.

ART AND NATURE THUS ALLIED: Natural History and the Decorative Arts
Come and see where the arts and the natural world intersect in this new, permanent exhibition. Objects from the Saco Museum's natural history collections--shells, minerals, taxidermy--are displayed alongside magnificent furniture, glass, ceramics, and more, demonstrating how motifs in nature have been used in the decorative arts for centuries. Hands-on activities give visitors of all ages the opportunity to look closely at items from the natural world and experiment with different decorative ideas and techniques.

Pictured: Cracker Jar with Octopus Decoration, circa 1890, Mt. Washington Glass Company, New Bedford, Massachusetts, blown "Crown Milano" glass, Gift of the Jones Museum of Glass and Ceramics.