Arctic Museum

Shattered Past: Cultural Heritage and Illicit Antiquities Trafficking

Dr. Eleanor M. King, Howard University,  will talk about the worldwide problem of trafficking in illicit antiquities and its relationship to other crimes: narcotics, human trafficking, money laundering, and terrorism. She will discuss issues involving the Euphronios krater, the looting of a United States military cemetery in which primarily black soldiers are interred, and the […]

Narwhal: An Extraordinary Tusk!

How does a narwhal use its strange, long, spiral tusk? Martin Nweeia, a practicing dentist and research scientist, has been studying the purpose and sensory function of the narwhal tusk for over a dozen years in an effort to answer that question. His research team includes western scientists, veterinarians, and Inuit hunters from Canada and […]

The Story Behind the Artifact: Arctic Museum’s Seal Intestines Raincoat

The Alaskan raincoat dating from the 1860s is made from seal intestines. It was given to the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum in 2001 after being found in a barn in western Maine, where it had originally been brought by a nineteenth century whaling captain from Maine

A Summer Spent Sifting Through Peary Artifacts on Eagle Island

This summer, two Bowdoin students are, for the first time, inventorying all the contents in the Harpswell summer home of Arctic explorer Robert Peary.

Bowdoin’s LeMoine Illuminates ‘Forgotten Women’ of Peary Expedition (Arctic Deeply)

Bowdoin’s Genevieve LeMoine and Susan Kaplan have provided a detailed look at the Inughuit women who participated in Peary’s Arctic journeys.

Arctic Museum Participates in #MuseumWeek on Social Media

This year, museums, galleries, libraries, and archives around the world unite for the cause of gender equality under the week-long theme: A Tribute to Women, with the hashtag #WomenMW.

The Last of the Heath Hens: Special Collections Receives Grant to Preserve 1930s Ornithological Research

It’s full circle moment for Edward Minot, the interim director of the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island. Films documenting ornithological research done in the 1930s by his grandfather, Bowdoin professor of biology Alfred Otto Gross, Kent Island’s first director, will be digitized and preserved, thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Slideshow: Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum Celebrates 50 Years

The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum celebrated its golden anniversary with a party replete with all the accoutrements you might expect from an Arctic affair — and perhaps one or two you didn’t see coming.