Welcome to the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society

Located at Bethel, Maine (established in 1768 and incorporated in 1796), the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society collect, preserve, display, and interpret 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 eight exhibit galleries and nine period rooms spread throughout two buildings—the 1821 O'Neil Robinson House and the 1813 Dr. Moses Mason House. The Museums also maintain 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 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!

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.

Celebrating the life of William Bingham 2nd

The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society are proud to announce the publication of the first ever biography of William Bingham 2nd. William Bingham 2nd: A Life by Stanley Russell Howe is available now from the MBHS museum shop!

For those interested in learning more, check out this lecture by author (and MBHS executive director emeritus) Dr. Stanley Russell Howe from November 2, 2000.

Online Collections & Catalog

Online Collections & Catalog

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

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Museums of the Bethel Historical Society / 10 Broad Street / P.O. Box 12 / Bethel, ME 04217
207-824-2908 / 800-824-2910