Mission & Vision Statements
The Mission of the Railway Village Museum is to conserve, display and interpret artifacts, authentic period structures and technologies utilized in Maine during the historical period of the Mid-19th through the Mid-20th Centuries.
The Vision of the Boothbay Railway Village Museum is to utilize its unique village setting to engage adults and children in hands-on activities designed to create a better understanding of Maine village life throughout the period. We aspire to transform the way we view and relate to Maine’s rural past through interactive visitation, educational opportunism, and a variety of dynamic programs to enrich our daily lives.
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As we welcome you to the Railway Village Museum to explore mid-century Maine rural life, we wish to acknowledge the indigenous people who occupied this land long before Maine’s statehood and who remain essential to our state’s continuing story. We recognize that our museum sits on the homeland of the Wabanaki Confederacy, the People of the Dawn, and historically the Etchemin, Nanrantsouak, and Abenaki people who were forcibly removed from these lands. We understand that their fight for territorial rights is ongoing. We encourage our guests to learn more about the indigenous peoples of Maine by visiting some of the many organizations which highlight their culture and their influence on our past and present. A few suggested locations: Abbe Museum, Hudson Museum, Penobscot Nation Museum, and Passamaquoddy Cultural Heritage Museum. We gratefully acknowledge the Native peoples on whose ancestral homelands we gather, as well as the diverse and vibrant Native Communities who make their home here today.