Friendship Museum

 

Museum Hours:

Last Saturday in June-Labor Day:

Monday-Saturday 1-4 p.m.

Sunday 2-4 p.m.

Labor Day-Columbus Day:

Saturday 1-4 p.m., Sunday 2-4 p.m.

The Friendship Museum, established in 1964, is a museum of local history preserving the artifacts and documents of a traditional seafaring community. The small brick schoolhouse that houses the museum is itself a museum artifact. Measuring only 20 by 25 feet, it is a typical one-room schoolhouse of the mid-19th century. It served as a grammar school from 1851-1923. No admission charge, Donations welcome.

1 Martin Point Road, Friendship,  Maine 04547


Click topics in the menu bar at the top of the page to access: The Collection, Off-site Display, About Friendship, Events, Oral History Project, Volunteering, Membership, Museum Store, and Directions. For additional information, you can e-mail the museum at info@friendshipmuseum.org 

Purchased in 2011, the Annex is conveniently located in the center of town. It is currently being used for much needed storage space. A long-range planning committee will determine its future use.

163 years!  That’s the age of the Brick Schoolhouse which is the home of the Friendship Museum.  We will celebrate its origins for its use first as a school room, then as a community meeting place, and for the last 50 years, as a museum. It displays but a small portion of the many items donated over the years. In the past the rest of these items have been  scattered in attics, cellars, and garages around town, and more recently there has been an effort to gather all of these in the Annex across from the Hahn Center and the Firehouse. Plans are being made to secure the Annex building so it can store items more safely.


Our summer of celebration will be followed by a fall, winter, and spring of hard work.  After a professional assessment of the needs of the museum building to provide sufficient heat, cooling, and humidity control, the collection may need to be removed and stored so that these major goals can be accomplished. Lots of hard work and volunteer labor will be needed as well as funds  to pay for this project. Caroline Zuber (354-8036) is the member of the Board coordinating this project and needs your help. This year we are celebrating the past 50 years, and at the same time planning for the future.


Coming Events


Join us as we celebrate our 50th ANNIVERSARY with special events throughout the summer. All events are free and open to the public.


Picnic with Friendship Sloopers: Friday, July 18 at 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Museum


The Schoolhouse Museum will remain open on Friday July 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. to welcome owners and crew members of the Friendship Sloops gathered in Rockland for their 53rd annual regatta. The Friendship Society races were held in Friendship for 25 years, and many local families hosted the “Sloopies” when they were here.  The Sloop Society played a key role in the founding of the museum and has been a faithful donor to the museum every year since its founding. In recognition of their close ties to the Friendship Museum, members and volunteers will host a picnic on the lawn of the Museum and will provide land transportation to and from Rockland.


Maine Schoohouses and Child Life: Sept. 17 at the Hahn Center


Earle Shettleworth, the Maine State Historian, will speak on this topic at this evening program.










Refreshments will be served. 











Visit the Museum On-line


The Jameson & Wotton Wharf is on-line at Maine Historical Society’s Maine Memory Net: www.mainememory.net. Click on Exhibits, then click on Jameson & Wotton Wharf, Friendship.


7 Friendship Oral History projects are available on the school website: MSAD 40# > Our Schools > Friendship Village School > Finding Friendship Project (right side of screen)

    Schools Past and Present

    Lobstering: A Friendship Tradition

    Friendship Veterans from WW II to Desert Storm

    Working in Friendship

    Serving Friendship

    People from Away

    Friendship Artists


    

    




























30 Main Street, Friendship, Maine 04547