First Impressions Project

Coming soon… a redesigned 5-acre space that will provide improved accessibility, river access, and opportunities for all to explore this unique environment.

The south end of the museum campus will be transformed into a new landscape that blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings, incorporates native plantings and expansive greenspace, utilizes interactive elements to provide a deeper appreciation of the history and ecology of the Kennebec River, and is accessible to all.

The multi-year project will address problems the museum has been struggling with for years, including a lack of functional handicapped-accessible parking, deteriorating front steps and curbs, lack of turning radius for busses, inadequate parking for busses and large vehicles, no connection between the north and south parking lots causing more traffic on Washington Street, and deteriorating parking lot surfaces.

The new design will also incorporate a variety of educational elements, such as groves of trees used in traditional wooden shipbuilding, and opportunities to explore the unique ecology of the Kennebec River. Much of the beautiful new greenspace will be open to the public.

To learn more about how you can support this exciting project, contact Rebecca Roche, Manager of Development Operations, at or (207) 443-1316 x327.

First Impressions in the News:

Times Record

The Forecaster

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