• Museums of the Bethel Historical Society

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    About Us

    Founded in 1966 at Bethel, Maine (established in 1768 and incorporated in 1796), the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society collect, preserve, display, and share the history of western Maine and the White Mountain Region of New Hampshire and Maine through exhibits, lectures, events, and publications.

    The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society feature over a dozen exhibit galleries and period rooms spread throughout two buildings—the 1821 O'Neil Robinson House and the 1813 Dr. Moses Mason House. MBHS also maintains an extensive library and archival collection of books, manuscripts and photographs, plus thousands of historic objects that tell the story of the town of Bethel and surrounding region. Throughout the year, the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society provide a full schedule of high quality events for people of all ages. We invite you to support our work by making a donation or becoming a member!

    Group Tours available.

    Situated off Route 2, on Broad Street in Bethel, Maine, the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society are located twelve miles east of the Maine/New Hampshire border. Bethel lies at the junction of Routes 2 and 26; the latter provides easy access from the Portland area via Exit 63 of the Maine Turnpike. Bethel also can be reached on Routes 5 and 35.

    Images

    Dr. Moses Mason House (1813)
    Murals in the front hall of the Mason House, attributed to Jonathan Poor.
    The 1821 Robinson House
    "Treasures Revealed" exhibit (2012)

    Events

    Bethel Historical Summer Auction and Raffle
    Mornings at the Museum
    • Every Thursday in July, from 9:30 to 11:30 am, the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society will offer FREE activities for children ages 5-10. The 2021 theme is ...
    • Thursday Jul 29, 2021
    Music by Fleur de Lis
    • Traditional Quebecois music trio Fleur de Lis will play on the grounds of the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
    • Thursday Jul 29, 2021
    Auction Afternoon at Museums of the Bethel Historical Society
    The Ancient Art of Indigo with Rebecca Zicarelli – Mill Brook Craft Series
    • Rebecca Zicarelli uses live indigo vats and the Shibori technique to create stunning works of art on cloth.
    • Thursday Aug 5, 2021
    Rug Hooking & Book Signing with Elizabeth Miller – Mill Brook Craft Series
    • The Parris House Wool Works website states, “This is your home for North American rug hooking, fiber art and craft, and the modern practice of heritage skills.” ...
    • Thursday Aug 12, 2021