Current Exhibitions

"Industry and Virtue Joined": Schoolgirl Needlework of Northern New England
May 9 - October 4, 2015
Public Opening May 8th 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

After the Saco Museum's successful 2013 sampler exhibit, "I My Needle Ply With Skill," and the book by the same title, the museum has been recognized as an important repository for and center of scholarship on northern New England samplers and silk embroideries. This spring and summer the museum offers a second exhibit on schoolgirl needlework, with extensively researched and documented samplers and silk embroideries from Maine and New Hampshire. Don't miss this chance to see never before exhibited samplers from the tail end of the 18th century through the mid 19th century and learn about the female academies in which they were created.

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.

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.