Welcome to Museums of the Bethel Historical Society
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. In addition, the Twitchell Education Center, a replica of Dr. Mason's circa 1837 private library, serves as a place for demonstrations, children’s programs, lectures, and community events. 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!
Situated off Route 2, on Broad Street in Bethel, 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.
Click here to download our self-guided walking tour of Bethel Hill village.
Your walking tour begins and ends at Museums of Bethel Historical Society on Broad Street, overlooking the Bethel Hill Common. Spanning a period from 1774 to the 1930s, the sites and structures on this tour have been selected for their architectural significance, historic integrity (if renovated), and historical importance to the community and the area.
MBHS Business Partners
We sincerely thank the following businesses, whose investment in Museums of the Bethel Historical Society is critical to the success of our programs, exhibits, educational activities, and publications. Please take advantage of the services they offer and let them know you appreciate their support!
For information about the benefits of becoming a MBHS Business Partner, click here.
Visit The Bethel Journals to explore the history of Bethel and other nearby communities.
Museums of the Bethel Historical Society / 10 Broad Street / P.O. Box 12 / Bethel, ME 04217