Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum & Pejepscot Historical Society
AddressDowntown Brunswick, Maine - see the Overview below for the address for each of the Museum's three sites
PhoneMain site: (207) 729-6606; Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum: (207) 725-6958
HoursSee the Overview of the Museum's three sites below for operating hours and tour departure times
The fourth oldest historical society in Maine, Pejepscot Historical Society has been preserving, interpreting, and promoting the rich history of Brunswick, Topsham, and Harpswell, Maine, since 1888. The Society operates two historic house museums – the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum and the Skolfield-Whittier House, both of which are open seasonally for tours from May – October. The Society also maintains the Pejepscot Museum galleries with rotating exhibits and an archival research center, offers Sunday local history walking tours from mid-June to mid-September, and holds year-round talks and special events.
PHS Museum and Research Center & Shop: 159 Park Row, Brunswick, Maine
Memorial Day-Columbus Day: Tues-Sat, 10AM-Noon & 1-4PM; Columbus Day-Memorial Day: Weds-Fri, 10AM-Noon & 1-4PM (Closed month of January)
Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum
The museum is the adult home of Joshua L. Chamberlain and his family. Chamberlain was the hero of Little Round Top at Gettysburg during the Civil War, Governor of Maine, and President of Bowdoin College. Just like the man himself, this house went through incredible transformations during its life, gaining fame and witnessing major historic events. Guided tours explore Chamberlain’s life, family, and career, and the house’s architectural marvels.
Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum Tours & Shop: 226 Maine Street, Brunswick, Maine
Memorial Day-Columbus Day: Tues-Sat, 10AM-4PM & Sun 1-4PM; Columbus Day-Veterans Day: Fri-Sat, 10AM-4PM & Sun 1-4PM (tours on the hour; last tour at 3PM)
A true journey back in time, the iconic brick, Italianate Skolfield-Whittier House was home to three generations of a prominent Brunswick family with careers in seafaring, medicine and education. Among the former residents are Alfred Skolfield, a successful sea captain, Dr. Alice A. S. Whittier, Maine’s first female pediatrician, and Dr. Frank Whittier, one of America’s first forensic pathologists.
Most of the first-floor of the 17-room house has been restored, and the rooms are full of family artifacts dating from the early 19th to the second half of the 20th century, when the last living descendant donated the property. Personalized guided tours of this time capsule provide an unparalleled glimpse into Victorian and Edwardian-era upper-middle-class life in Maine.
Skolfield-Whittier House Tours: Memorial Day-Columbus Day: Weds-Sat, 10AM-Noon, 1-4PM (tours on the hour; last tour at 3PM)