At the Mount Desert Historical Society, we have two museum campuses and three buildings with exhibits.
Throughout the year, our Sound School House on Sound Drive in Mount Desert has a permanent exhibit and is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.
During the summer months through September 4th, we present changing exhibits in the Selectmen’s Building and the Somesville Museum at our Somesville location. Exhibits feature photographs, artifacts, and documents that describe and interpret Mount Desert Island’s history from 1761 to today. These exhibits are open June through September 4th: Sunday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm.
Children and adults can all enjoy these museum visits. There are activities for children in both the Sound School House and the Somesville Museum.
Two distinctive gardens are located beside the Somesville Museum. An Heirloom Garden displays plants that have flourished on Mount Desert Island from the late 18th century to today. This garden demonstrates the many practical, as well as decorative, uses of plants by island settlers.
The restful Louisa Conrad Garden honors garden enthusiast and architect Louisa Conrad (May 24, 1913 – September 4, 2003) who was a summer visitor to the island throughout her life. Featured are plants that would be found in island gardens and woodland areas of Mount Desert Island, as well as an expanding display of her love of daffodils.
For more information about each museum building and its exhibits, visit the individual sites below.