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Museum website will find an unprecedented wealth of resources, which include the complete text of museum publications; unpublished essays; photo tours of the entire museum at both sites; annotated inventories of holdings, including tools and art, many with photos, and library books;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:
Currently open Thursday through Sunday
March to December
11 AM to 5 PM or by appointment
Saturday and Sunday only through January
Key Bank at 111 Main St. in Belfast is showing an exhibit of Davistown Museum tools during the month of November.
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: Antibiotic Resistant and Viral Infections and Nano- and Microplastics as Vectors of Environmental Contaminants.
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 just completed our Hand Tools in History series with the publication of Tools Teach: The Iconography of American Hand Tools (Volume 13)
Also recently issued:
Publications are available from our publications page, amazon.com, and other booksellers
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!
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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