How to get there
Peaks Island is a twenty-minute boat ride from Portland, with ferries departing almost every hour from Casco Bay Lines. Most of our visitors prefer the ten-minute walk from the boat landing to the Fifth Maine. For those who don’t, the island taxi greets every boat and there are golf-cart rentals available at the landing.
Admission to the museum is only $8/person, $20 for a family, and members get in free.
Our 2020 museum season runs from May 22nd until October 12th. However, we are happy to accommodate school visits and other group functions by special arrangement. Please be in touch!
During July and August, our museum is open daily from 11am-4pm.
During other months of the regular season, we are open on weekends and holidays.
What to see:
You can see the entire museum in about an hour. If you only have a half hour, it’s still worth a visit—just focus on one of the exhibit floors.
The first floor of the museum is devoted to the Fifth Maine regiment history. Be sure to meander through the hall, look at the beautiful windows and check out the interesting artifacts and pictures lining the walls.
The second floor of the museum covers Peaks Island history from the 1800s to present. Our guests are always amazed to learn about the rich and varied past that the island played in Casco Bay.
The Fifth Maine Museum is a great field trip for school groups, combining the fun of a ferry boat ride with the discovery of local history and the Fifth Maine Regiment’s role in the Civil War. The museum is a short walk from the ferry landing and our beautiful wrap around porch is a spectacular spot for students to enjoy their snack or packed lunch! The entrance fee for school groups is $3/person. We are able to accommodate school visits between April and October. Please contact us at least two weeks prior to your planned visit in order to arrange your program.