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We welcome you to the First Amendment Museum for a FREE guided tour!

As of Monday, July 6th, we have reopened to the public to offer limited, booked guided tours.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the museum. We are working within the guidelines based on the State of Maine standards and those of the American Alliance of Museums to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff.

Tours of the 1911 Gannett House are forty-five minutes to an hour long, and focus on the First Amendment and the history of the Gannett family who once lived in this historic home. Audience participation, feedback, and photography are encouraged!

Our tour space is still in development so over the coming weeks, months, and years things will constantly be changing. We invite you to take multiple visits to our space to follow our progress and help us along the way. 

Please note that while tours are free of charge, donations are welcome.

Please observe the following guidelines for your visit:

  • Reservations Are Required In order to ensure we can follow our socially distanced guidelines, we will only be open for tours booked in advance. You can book a tour from Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM. To book, please call 207-557-2290 or submit a request online.
  • Parties of 6 Maximum To ensure proper physical distance in our space, tours are limited to 6 people at a time. (Some exceptions can be made for family groups).
  • Masks Are Required We ask that every visitor wears a protective mask when visiting the museum; our tour guides will also be wearing masks. You will not be admitted into the museum without a mask.
  • Sanitizing Stations We will have sanitizing stations provided throughout the museum, and increased hand-washing is encouraged. The museum has only one very small restroom on the ground floor.
  • No Food/Drink Please leave food and drink (other than individual water bottles) in your vehicle.

Where We Are

We are located at 184 State St. in Augusta, Maine, just steps from the Capitol Building, the Governor’s Mansion, and the Maine State Museum and Archives. There is a small parking lot behind our museum for visitors.

Accessibility

Please enter the museum through the back door, easily seen from the parking lot. When you arrive, please ring the doorbell to alert the staff of your arrival. There is a ramp to the main entrance; at the moment only the first floor of the museum is wheelchair accessible.

We look forward to seeing you!