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Maine Granite Industry Museum

62 Beech Hill Cross Rd, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6208
+1 207-244-7299
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Brilliant!

What a surprise. The host jumps out and launches into a very excited and animated description of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
davidG3366PJ
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Highly Recommend Stopping by this Free Museum

We really loved taking an hour to stop by this one-room museum. The proprietor is a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Thomas_Snide
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Dublin, Ohio, Usa
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A non-profit (your donation is tax deductible) organization dedicated to collecting and preserving any and all historic information and artifacts pertaining to the granite industry of Maine. In the museum you will find hundreds of old tools that were used in the industry, photos of the quarries in operation and the buildings and monuments which were erected from Maine's beautiful granites. Curator and founder Steven Haynes is there to guide you through this once important history of our state.
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62 Beech Hill Cross Rd, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6208
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a surprise. The host jumps out and launches into a very excited and animated description of how Mount Desert Island formed from a volcano, and then goes into the history of granite mining, and how the pieces were worked by hand. Really enjoyed it,...More

Thank davidG3366PJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really loved taking an hour to stop by this one-room museum. The proprietor is a fouth-generation granite worker who is passionate about telling the story of the lost art of granite work. You are guaranteed to learn something and if there are enough people...More

Thank Thomas_Snide
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Granite built bridges, impressive buildings we take for granted. The enthusiasm of the host at this museum is wonderful. He tells the story of the stone: how it came here, how men have used it to build and enrich our world. This is as much...More

Thank rejuvenator2
Reviewed 22 October 2016

We are thankful that we located this small museum which contained so much information! Steve Haynes was a fabulous guide, so much information, knowledge and passion! He took his time in explaining, answering questions and even provided a hands on lesson for our children to...More

1  Thank freeRobinbird
Reviewed 12 October 2016

The gentleman at the museum was a wealth of information about the granite industry and how the rock is formed. His enthusiasm was contagious.

Thank johnaW5213IS
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Steve's seemingly single handed devotion and enthusiasm bring the subject alive. It deserves your attention and your support. And Mt. Desert Island is all about granite- even the curbs and garden surrounds in SW Harbor.

Thank susan d
Reviewed 26 September 2016

We took part of a rainy day and visited the Granite Museum on MDI. This is a very historical museum with much history on MDI and the famous granite industry. Steve, the lapidarian and museum curator is amazing. He can identify all rock in Maine-...More

Thank darlene2289
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Well, technically not a gem since granite is a rock and not a mineral or gemstone but Steve is a gem. His knowledge of the Maine granite industry is amazing. We spent a delightful hour or peppering him with questons and graciously getting good answer...More

Thank Lyle R
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Can’t say I’ve given much thought to granite before remodeling our kitchen. Even then the process was mostly about finding a color and pattern to suit our decorative taste. But here we are in New England where marble and granite have been quarried since the...More

Thank 3bugaboos
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Small tucked away museum (1 large room) with renovation plans for expansion underway. Provided interesting history of granite industry in Maine. We got to meet a friendly, well informed volunteer and then the curator himself. Lots of information both about geological and industry history.

Thank kathryn317
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