Be prepared for a tour through time and cultures as you enter the Wilson Museum. It was begun by geologist and anthropologist J. Howard Wilson. As a young man, Dr. Wilson, his mother, and siblings first summered on Perkins Street in 1897. After his marriage he purchased Nautilus Island, a great vantage point to oversee the construction and running of his Museum. The Museum was built in 1921 to house collections gathered around the world and close to home.
Here you will see rocks and fossils from the earliest geologic times and will follow humankind’s advances in tool-making from pre-history through Castine’s rich local history. After winding your way across continents and among indigenous cultures, exploring displays from Africa, the Americas, and Bali to name just a few, view the exhibit in the main hall about Dr. Wilson and his family whose vision and passion made this world-class collection possible.
Over the years the Museum has grown into a campus including the historic John and Phebe Perkins House, the Village Blacksmith, the Wood Shop and Boat Display, Bagaduce Engine Company, Hutchins Education Center, and the “Home & Away” sculpture created for Castine and this site as part of the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium.
For more information please visit: www.wilsonmuseum.org