The Penobscot Nation Museum, located at 12 Down Street, is housed in the old Indian Agent’s Office. When the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act was passed in 1980, the Penobscots received justice and restitution for the loss of millions of acres of land. The passage of the Act affirmed the Penobscots inherent right to govern their own affairs, thus eliminating the Maine Department of Indian Affairs and the Indian Agents.
The Penobscot Nation Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich cultural heritage of the Penobscot and Wabanaki people. The museum houses collections that span thousands of years of history. The museum features birch bark canoes, walking sticks, root clubs, numerous historical photos, traditional garments and ceremonial wear, basketry materials, tools, and finished product, as well as contemporary art.
The Museum is operated through the Penobscot Nation Cultural and Historic Preservation Departmen.