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The Maine Atlantic Salmon Museum is an education center dedicated to recording and preserving the rich history of people and their relationship with this once-wild natural resource. We place special emphasis on river stewardship and the unique aspects of the perennial return each year of the Atlantic salmon and other sea-run fish species on the Penobscot, Narraguagus, Dennys, Sheepscot, Ducktrap, Cove Brook, Pleasant, Machias, Kennebec, Aroostook, St. Croix, and Saco Rivers.

Planned Museum Site

The new museum and associated educational building(s) will be constructed on land owned by the Penobscot Salmon Club Corporation, on the shore of the Penobscot River in Brewer, Maine. The Penobscot Salmon Club was established in 1887. It is the oldest such club in North America and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Atlantic Salmon in Maine

Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) are sea-run or anadromous fish that migrate between the North Atlantic Ocean and Maine rivers. Their presence in Maine began with the end of the last ice age, when melting glaciers created ideal spawning habitat of cold water, coarse gravel, and fast currents. Salmon were and continue to be an important resource for the native Wabanaki people, who have lived along the Penobscot River since time immemorial.

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About Us

The Maine Atlantic Salmon Museum was founded in 2013 and incorporated in 2014. The long history of interaction between people and salmon in Maine offers lessons to be learned about resource stewardship both from a historical and biological perspective. This we believe is best accomplished through a hands-on educational program that is science based, continually updated, and interesting for all who come to learn about Atlantic salmon in Maine.

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Sponsors

Eddington Salmon Club
Penobscot Conservation Association
Van Raymond Outfitters