Arctic Museum

Arts and Culture: 2018 Fall Preview

To complement the Bowdoin Arts and Culture Fall 2018 Calendar of Events, here’s a sample of some of the treats on offer in the galleries, museums, concert halls, libraries, theaters, and and lecture halls of the College over the next few months.

Alfred Otto Gross with "Booming Ben"

Now Showing: ‘The Heath Hen’ and Other Early Ornithological Films of Alfred Otto Gross

Rare films documenting ornithological research done in the late 1920s and early 1930s by Bowdoin professor of biology Alfred Otto Gross, including previously unknown footage of the last surviving heath hen, have now been preserved, digitized, and published online thanks to support from the National Film Preservation Foundation. 

‘Blossoming Tundra’ on View in Photography Show at Arctic Museum

You may think of the Arctic as a barren wasteland, but plant life abounds. As soon as the snow melts flowers begin to bloom, taking advantage of round-the-clock sunlight. In 1947 botanist and photographer Rutherford Platt captured some stunning images.

‘Enduring Connections: Contemporary Alaskan Yup’ik and Iñupiat Art’ Opening at the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum

Contemporary Alaskan art has its roots in both indigenous cultural traditions and the dramatic changes Alaskan society has experienced beginning in the mid-nineteenth century.

Contemporary Alaskan-Siberian Artist and Activist to Lecture at Bowdoin

Susie Silook, one of Alaska’s best known contemporary artists, will deliver a lecture entitled “Yupik and Iñupiat Art and Activism in Contemporary Alaska” on Thursday, March 8, at 7:00 pm in Kresge Auditorium.

Arctic Museum Celebrates Black History Month with Matthew Henson Button

In honor of Black History Month, the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum is featuring Matthew A. Henson, the famous African American Arctic explorer, on its February button of the month.

Maine Siblings Recall Grandfather’s Role in MacMillan’s Crocker Land Expedition

In 1913, Maine country doctor Harrison J. Hunt, of the Class of 1902, answered a newspaper ad, which read: “Doctor for Crocker Land Expedition needed. Sailing in six weeks.”

Dramatic Photographs from an 1869 Arctic Art Expedition on View

Beautiful images taken on an unusual nineteenth-century Arctic expedition are the focus of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum’s new exhibit, Solely for the Purposes of Art: Images from William Bradford’s 1869 Arctic Expedition.