The Belfast Historical Society and Museum is dedicated to the collection, conservation, preservation and interpretation of artifacts relevant to Belfast history. Visitors to the Museum will enjoy vintage photographs, maps, postcard collections and interpretive displays. An extensive archives and library are available for research.

Permanent exhibits include:

Maritime History
Belfast area shipyards built more than six hundred sailing vessels during the mid–19th century. Nearly one–third of all men were employed in the ship building or maritime trades. Belfast–built vessels were known for their fine lines, speed and beauty. Come and see our collection of paintings, photos and the ship's model of the Charlotte W. White and imagine the life of a seafarer.

Artist Percy Sanborn
Percy Sanborn is best known for his marine paintings of Belfast–built vessels. During the late 19th century he produced many watercolor and oil paintings of scenes around Belfast, as well as portraits of pets, horses and floral still–lifes.

19th Century Apothecary
Dr. William Poor opened his apothecary in 1814. Prior to its closing in the mid–1980s, it was the oldest business operating in Belfast and the oldest drug store in Maine. On display is the pharmacist’s bench and various popular “cures” from the 19th century. A fascinating look back into the evolution of early American medicine.

Museum Barn Exhibit
Visitors to the recently renovated barn will enjoy seeing the 19th century horse drawn hearse and the two–cell jail. The jail was built in the 1890’s by the E. T. Barnum Iron Works in Detroit and was housed for many years in the lower level of City Hall. We encourage our visitors to experience the lock–up!

Walking tours! The Museum's walking tours feature houses, churches and commercial structures of historic and architectural interest. All the structures are included in Belfast's Historic District, which is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. The tours are free, self–guided, and include easy to follow maps. Tours can be picked up at the Belfast Museum and the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce Information Center.

Location: 10 Market St, Belfast, ME 04915

Phone: (207) 338-9229

Hours: Open Tues – Sat; 11 am - 4 pm
FREE ADMISSION – Donations welcomed!

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