The Davistown Museum is a tool, art, and regional history museum with two physical locations in Maine and a website, rich with resources. Its main building is in Liberty, while its office and a sculpture garden are in Hulls Cove (Bar Harbor). The primary mission of the museum is the recovery, display, and interpretation of hand tools used in Maine and New England's maritime culture. It serves as an important clearinghouse for information on the history of hand tools and their roles in the early industries of Maine and New England and offers an extensive exhibit of hand tools in Liberty and online. The Museum also provides a forum for contemporary Maine artists to exhibit their work, creating a unique environment that juxtaposes tools, as both historical and sculptural objects, with a wide diversity of art forms. In addition, the Museum strives to increase community awareness of and to provide access to information on local, regional, Native American, and environmental history. Visitors to the Davistown Museum website will find an unprecedented wealth of resources, which include the complete text of museum publications; unpublished essays; photo tours of the entire museum at both sites; annotated inventories of holdings, including tools and art, many with photos, and library books; bibliographies, and the Maine Artists Guild Gallery website.

Hours of Operation:Main Hall


Currently open Thursday through Sunday
March to December
11 AM to 5 PM or by appointment
Saturday and Sunday only through January
Closed February

Yearly Hours




The Pennywheel Press will be publishing four new books soon: A biographical piece on David McLaughlin and Jay Sawyer, Volume 12: Art and Artists in the Museum Collection and Annual Art Exhibition, and volumes 4 and 5 of Biocatastrophe which will cover microplastics and antibiotic resistance.

New photos of the current displays in the main hall are up.

The Winter 2013 - Spring 2014 edition of Tooling Around is out.

A new rolling glass display case in the Main Hall features tools used in the display at the Plymouth public library in May. These tools will be part of the Tools Teach outreach program.

Kirkus has issued a review of our latest publication in the Hand Tools in History series, Tools Teach.

The Davistown Museum has recieved a grant from the 1916 Foundation for a commemorative sculpture created by Jay Sawyer in memory of David McLaughlin titled "A Spirit of its Own." It will be loaned to the Portland Jetport where it will be installed and viewable from the Jetport Access Road. See: The Portland Daily Sun, The Press Herald

 

We have recently acquired and will soon display an important Red Paint artifact collection from Sandy Point, Stockton Springs.

 

We have just completed our Hand Tools in History series with the publication of Tools Teach: The Iconography of American Hand Tools (Volume 13)

 

 

 

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Publications are available from our publications page, amazon.com, and other booksellers

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Live streaming webcam feed of the Davistown Museum main hall in Liberty
The Liberty Tool Company across the street from the Davistown Museum has a live streaming webcam

A new issue of our newsletter, Tooling Around, is out for Winter 2012/Spring 2013

The Davistown Museum's environmental history department has information on severe solar storms

Many of our MAG artists have announcements of this year's schedules

Donna Dodson, new MAG artist, visits the museum in 2012

Tools Teach Program Expansion
The Davistown Museum would like to announce both a new publication and a new website, both entitled Tools Teach: The Iconography of American Hand Tools. The book is available and the website is currently under construction. The new text will be the first section of the new website.

Photo Tour: New Tools Conservation Area (last updated 3-10-11)

The Davistown Museum is currently seeking a hardness tester for use on metals. Donations welcome! The Museum is seeking various metallurgical samples, including bog iron, silicon slag, blooms, etc. We are also seeking photographs of certain old metal tools. Please contact us if you can help!

New acquisitions

A Notebook for Nekesa by Hannah and Sarah Emigh-Doyle added to Publications

Special Publication 62: Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Information Handbook. A sample text may be found here. A review of this publication by Kirkus Book Reviews may be found here.

Nuclear Disaster in Japan: Accident Blog

Wapanoag Repatriation of the Wapanucket Hoard

Need help? Try our Guide to Flat and Round World Resources or see the museum website directory.

Overnight accommodations are available at the Liberty facility for visitors to the Center for the Study of Early Tools.

History and tool enthusiasts are urged to support the Davistown Museum by becoming members, making tax deductible contributions to our endowment, or donating tools and other artifacts for resale on our e-stores and auctions. Consignments for our e-stores are also welcome

Hulls Cove office: PO Box 144, Hulls Cove, ME 04644 phone: 207/288-5126  Fax:  207/288-2725

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