Arctic Museum

Arctic Museum Celebrates Its 50th with Major Inuit Art Gift

The Tolls describe their donation as “fifty Inuit graphics to celebrate the museum’s fifty years,” marking the Arctic Museum’s half century of operation.

Arctic Scholars Kaplan and LeMoine Share Concerns Over Whistleblower’s Resignation from Interior

In a letter to the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Arctic scholars Susan Kaplan and Genevieve LeMoine share unique insight and why they feel Joel Clement’s departure from the Department of the Interior is troubling. 

Unraveling a 1,000-Year-Old Anthropological Conundrum: A Race to Save the Artifacts

Archaeologist Genny LeMoine touched down in northwest Greenland on a mission. She was in a race against time to uncover artifacts before they are lost forever to a combination of factors resulting from climate change. Experience the drama of this quest in a multimedia storytelling format featuring videos, photography, animation, and more. 

Arctic Museum Releasing Donald MacMillan’s Historic Films of Greenland

Filmed in the 1920s, this portrayal of the Inuit performing day-to-day activities like hunting, sewing, traveling by dog sled, repairing tools and caring for children, makes these motion pictures unique.

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.