TheDavistown Museumis atool, art, and regional history museum with two physical locations in Maine and a website, rich with resources. Its mainbuilding isin 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Museum website will find an unprecedented wealth of resources, which include the complete text of museum publications; unpublished essays; photo tours of the entire museum at both sites; annotated inventories of holdings, including tools and art, many with photos, and library books;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 5 PM Thu.-Sun. or by appointment
Closed February

Yearly Hours

New Davistown Museum publication coming soon: 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 greenhousegas emissions and environmental chemicals on the biodiversity and ecology ofthe Gulf of Maine. We use the term "pollution cocktail" to describe theeffluents of the rapidly growing global military-industrial consumer society,the legacy of the age of plastics, and its progeny, the information technologyrevolution.

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 ( )recentlyvisited the museum and Liberty Tool to film a segment of his featuredocumentary The Dark Illuminates theLight aboutartist Alan Magee, whose work is featured in the museum.

"Thisfilm takes the viewer on a breathtaking visual journey-an exploration of theartist's recurring subjects, locales, and the historical sources which havesustained his passion for five decades. Through his paintings, sculpture,monotypes, music, and short films Magee invites viewers to travel with himthrough the veiled recesses of human experience-and back into the affirminglight of day.
?Throughthis film, Director David Wright hopes to inspire people in all disciplines,especially the young, to bring their gifts and aptitudes to bear on themultiple 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 Museumrecieved a grant from the 1916 Foundation for a commemorative sculpture created by Jay Sawyer in memory of David McLaughlintitled "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 haveacquired for display an important Red Paint artifact collection from Sandy Point,Stockton Springs.


We havecompleted our Hand Tools in History series with thepublication 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 Museumalso 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.

NuclearDisaster in Japan: Accident Blog

Wapanoag Repatriation of the Wapanucket Hoard

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Overnightaccommodations are available at the Libertyfacility for visitors to the Center for the Study of Early Tools.

History and tool enthusiasts are urged to supportthe Davistown Museum by becoming members, making taxdeductible contributions to our endowment, or donating tools and otherartifacts for resale on our e-stores and auctions. Consignments for oure-stores are also welcome

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

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