Welcome to the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society!

Located at Bethel, Maine (established in 1768 and incorporated in 1796), the Bethel Historical Society collects, preserves, displays and interprets the history of western Maine and the White Mountain region of Maine and New Hampshire through exhibits, lectures, events, and publications.

The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society feature six exhibit galleries and nine period rooms spread throughout two buildings—the 1821 O'Neil Robinson House and the 1813 Dr. Moses Mason House. The Society 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 Bethel Historical Society provides a full schedule of high quality events for people of all ages. We invite you to support the Society's work by making a donation or becoming a member!

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.

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Giving Opportunities

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Your donation makes it possible for us to collect, preserve and share the history of western Maine and the White Mountain region. Click on "Donate" (below) to make a gift with a credit card or PayPal using PayPal's secure servers. Please note the purpose of your gift by using the "Add special instructions to the seller" link on the last online page. Thank you!

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Selections from our Archives

Selected articles from The Courier, a publication of the Bethel Historical Society

Online Exhibits:
Bethel: A Historic Town
Molly Ockett and Her World
A River's Journey: The Androscoggin

Special Online Series
Bethel's Antiquarian Suppers
Gilead, Maine: Exploring Its Past
Western Maine Saints (Mormons)

Self-Guided Walking Tour of Bethel Hill Village (PDF)

Visit The Bethel Journals to explore the history of Bethel and other nearby communities.

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Email Address:

Bethel Historical Society / 10 Broad Street / P.O. Box 12 / Bethel, ME 04217
207-824-2908 / 800-824-2910 / (FAX) 207-824-0882