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Museum website will find an unprecedented wealth of resources, which include the complete text of museum publications; unpublished essays; photo tours of the entire museum at both sites; annotated inventories of holdings, including tools and art, many with photos, and library books;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

March to December
11 AM to 4 PM Thursday - Sunday or by appointment
Closed January & February

Yearly Hours

2022 Earth Day Essay

Davistown Museum 2022 Spring Update

On March 24, 2022, Acadia National Park announced the acquisition of a 2 ½ acre parcel of land along the south side of the Breakneck Stream opposite and adjacent to the Davistown Museum Sculpture Gardens in Hulls Cove, also called the Breakneck Hollow Historic Site. The museum is now sponsoring a fundraising campaign to support the upgrading and improvement of the trails and grounds of the Breakneck Hollow Historic Site. Donations to support these improvements may be sent to the Davistown Museum, PO Box 144, Hulls Cove ME 04644.

The Breakneck Stream, which ends in the Breakneck Hollow, was the most accessible of the few available water sources along the western shore of Frenchman Bay...more

New Davistown Museum publication: Climate Change and the Ecology of the Gulf of Maine: History, Biodiversity, Fisheries and the Pollution Cocktail. The focus of this publication is the impact of greenhouse gas emissions and environmental chemicals on the biodiversity and ecology of the Gulf of Maine. We use the term “pollution cocktail” to describe the effluents of the rapidly growing global military-industrial consumer society, the legacy of the age of plastics, and its progeny, the information technology revolution...more

Crafting a Vibrant Art Scene in Ellsworth

The Ellsworth American has an article on a new community arts space in Ellsworth, opened by Ken and Linda Perrin, whose work is in the Davistown Museum.

David Wright Films Skip and Alan Magee Conversation for Feature Documentary

Filmmaker David Wright ( )recently visited the museum and Liberty Tool to film a segment of his feature documentary The Dark Illuminates the Light about artist Alan Magee, whose work is featured in the museum.

"This film takes the viewer on a breathtaking visual journey—an exploration of the artist’s recurring subjects, locales, and the historical sources which have sustained his passion for five decades. Through his paintings, sculpture, monotypes, music, and short films Magee invites viewers to travel with him through the veiled recesses of human experience—and back into the affirming light of day.
​Through this film, Director David Wright hopes to inspire people in all disciplines, especially the young, to bring their gifts and aptitudes to bear on the multiple crises that threaten our common future. " (from

Skip is one of a number of Alan’s friends filmed in conversation with him for the documentary. They discussed how Alan’s work has been influenced by and connects with Liberty Tool, Skip’s work, and the museum.

More Photos

Kirkus has issued a review for Where Have All the Plastics Gone?

Video of a presentation given by curator Skip Brack at the Thomaston Historical Society is now available.

A new historical marker has been erected outside the Hulls Cove Sculpture Garden and Hulls Cove Tool Barn with information on the confederacy of the Mawooshen and the history of Breakneck Hollow.

Jessica Straus, who has new work on display in the museum, wrote a blog entry about the Davistown Museum and Liberty Tool Company across the street.

Liberty Tool Company (across the street in Liberty) was featured in an article in the Bangor Daily News, "Liberty Tool still heart of the community despite being for sale."

Curator Skip Brack was interviewed for the WBGO News segment "This Day in 1870" featuring Seth Boyden, inventor of malleable iron.

The Winter 2014-Spring 2015 issue of our newsletter, Tooling Around, is out.

Drafts are underway for volume 4 of Biocatastrophe: Antibiotic Resistance: Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi and other Pathogens, A Threat to World Health.

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


A new rolling glass display case in the Main Hall features tools used in the display at the Plymouth public library in May 2013. These tools will be part of the Tools Teach outreach program.

The Davistown Museum 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 is loaned to the Portland Jetport where it is installed and viewable from the Jetport Access Road. See: The Portland Daily Sun, The Press Herald


We have acquired for display an important Red Paint artifact collection from Sandy Point, Stockton Springs.


We have completed our Hand Tools in History series with the publication of Tools Teach: The Iconography of American Hand Tools (Volume 13). Kirkus has issued this review.


Publications are available from our publications page,, 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 also has a live streaming webcam, as does Captain Tinkham's Emporium in Searsport

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

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

Photo Tour: 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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