Illustration Institute – Brenda Buchanan Reading
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Brenda Buchanan, author of crime novels and short stories set in and around Portland, Maine, will be reading from her most recent book.

Harvest Moon Hedgehop! with The Hedgehogs
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us the night of the full Harvest Moon, as The Hedgehogs celebrate with music, dancing, and festive refreshment!

The Hedgehogs play British Invasion tunes and showcase dances of the 1960s, accompanied by “The Hedgehoppers” dancers!
All are welcome to sing and dance along. Music in the Hall. Drinks and spectacular views on the porch.
Capacity limited to 100 people.
Harvest Supper — Chili Night!!
Oct 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Harvest Supper -- Chili Night!! @ Fifth Maine Museum

The Fifth Maine Museum’s Harvest Supper will be on Saturday, October 7th, with seatings at 5:30pm and at 7:00pm. We’ll still have two seatings in our dining room, and we’re adding a TO GO option.

We are changing things up for our Harvest Supper this year!

Don’t worry. Your old favorites – delicious food, good friends, and the warm atmosphere of the Fifth Maine Museum dining room – will still be there.

New this year, we’ll be offering a beef chili and a vegan chili, with lots of hot sauce on the side for those who like it spicy!! Salad, cornbread, and apple crisp for dessert make this a delicious meal!

Cider and coffee provided — but you are welcome to BYOB.

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members — and must be bought prior to the event. Please email or call 207-766-3330 to place an order.

When you place your order, let us know which seating you would like to attend, and if you will eat in the dining room or if you’d prefer our TO GO option. Once 60 dining room seats are sold at each time slot, only the TO GO option will be available.

DATE: Saturday, October 7th

TIME: 5:30pm and 7:00pm seatings


Member prices: $20 adults, $10 kids

Non-member prices: $25 adults, $12 kids

Kids under 3 eat free.

The price break for members makes this a great time to join the Fifth Maine Museum. Besides getting $5 off for every meal you purchase, you’ll enjoy all of our usual member perks!

Sign up for a membership at




Closing day of the 2023 season
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Closing day of the 2023 season @ Fifth Maine Museum

The last day that the museum is open for the 2023 season is Indigenous Peoples Day, October 9, 2023.

We can often open by appointment during the months of October and November. Feel free to inquire by calling us at 207-766-3330 or email us at

Wine Night with Layne Witherell
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wine Night at the Fifth Maine Museum is back with Layne Witherell, who will lead us on a romp through a series of red and white wines.

This fundraiser is a wonderful way to learn more about wine and support the Fifth!

Tickets are $75 and space is limited to 40 people. For more information or to make reservations, email Gail Kelley

Annual Halloween Candy Throw Down
Oct 31 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

It’s our fourth annual Halloween Candy Throw Down!!

Come one! Come all!

We want to see your costumes and we’ll shower you with candy to make that happen!!

Stop by the Fifth Maine Museum between 4:30pm and 6:30pm on October 31st to try your hand at candy catching.



Evening lecture – Rights of Nature: Establishing legal rights for non-humans and natural systems
Nov 2 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Peaks Island resident and landscape architect, Ann Kearsley, will present her talk entitled, “Rights of Nature” in the Fifth Maine Museum dining room.

Ann will discuss how the movement to establish legal rights for non-humans and natural systems could shape the future of our built environment, followed by a Q&A session from the audience. Please join us for this thought-provoking evening!

DATE: Thursday, October 26th

TIME: 6:30-7:30pm

PLACE: Fifth Maine Museum dining room

COST: Free

Peaks Island resident Ann Kearsley is a landscape architect and urban designer and the owner of Ann Kearsley Design based in Portland, ME. She teaches in the graduate landscape architecture program at the Rhode Island School of Design and lectures frequently on integrating ecological restoration and regenerative agricultural techniques into landscape planning, design, and construction. Her current research investigates the potential for Rights of Nature legal challenges to create a framework for a more equitable and cooperative inter-species sharing of our landscapes.


Pine Tree Flyers Concert
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Pine Tree Flyers Concert @ Fifth Maine Museum

The Pine Tree Flyers will kick off the fourth Summer Series for Peaks House Concerts on Friday, May 10th, at the Fifth Maine Museum starting at 7pm.

Four of the finest voices in New England’s traditional music scene shine a renewed light on the tunes of the Northeast with excitement and respect. From festival stages and concert halls to raucous August nights at fiddle camp, the Flyers are here to make sure New England music has a seat at the table as a distinct and vital American tradition.

All of the members of the Pine Tree Flyers are residents of Portland, Maine, Katie McNally (fiddle), Emily Troll (accordion), Owen Marshall (guitar), and Neil Pearlman (piano). They cut their teeth playing for contra dances and learning from the greats. Individually, they’ve toured the world playing Irish, Scottish, and Quebecois music and they bring this wellspring of knowledge and technical prowess to the American music that was born from these traditions.

Support the Fifth Maine Museum and enjoy world class music performed right here on Peaks Island.

The link above is a video of their BBC performance at the UK’s premier Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland in February 2024. Take a listen, you will be happy you did!

DATE: Friday, May 10th

TIME: 7pm

PLACE: Fifth Maine Museum

COST: Suggested donation is $20. Free for folks under 18 and over 80.

Docent Training – join our team of museum guides!!
May 11 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Docent Training - join our team of museum guides!! @ Fifth Maine Museum

Are you interested in Peaks Island history? Would you like to know more about our beautiful, iconic Fifth Maine Museum? Do you like to meet new people and chat with them?

Being a docent at the Fifth Maine Museum is a unique opportunity for lifelong learners who want to contribute to the Peaks Island community and help our visitors understand the history that make Peaks Island so special. Our museum visitors come from near and far, which makes it so much fun to talk with them!!

Our docents have a variety of interests — but we all have one thing in common. We love the stories that bring history to life! No previous experience is required. You don’t have to be an expert. We’ll provide you with the information you need to know.

New this year — docents will receive free museum membership!! Members enjoy free entry to the museum, a museum shop discount, and free or reduced ticket prices to Fifth Maine Museum events.

Please join us!!

DATE: May 11

TIME: 8:30-10:30am

PLACE: Fifth Maine Museum

Opening Day!!
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Fifth Maine Museum will be opening for its 2024 season!

Be sure to check out our new exhibit on the second floor of the museum, entitled “Defending the Coast: Warfare in Casco Bay.” It’s a deep dive into the role that the Peaks Island and other Casco Bay islands have played in defending Portland Harbor.