Monday, May 23, 2016

Day 9.134: Maine State Museum

I know you've been on the edge of your seats since Saturday's cliff-hanger!

We visited Augusta, the state capital, where we saw the State House (as pictured on Saturday) and visited the Maine State Museum.

It's a great museum and we had a very enjoyable visit. Not surprisingly, it is dominated by fishing and logging and related trades and includes a multistory replica of a water-powered woodworking mill. Pictured below: good  use of overhead space, a winter logging sled vehicle, making clapboard on a fancy saw jig and the running order at the "theatre":

E5N1 particularly enjoyed pressing buttons to play recordings of the sounds associated with the exhibits, honking an old car horn and flushing an old-fashioned overhead cistern (with simulated sound) - did you spot the pattern there?

My favorites included these hunting spears - with launchers and replaceable tips and this working washing machine with a fascinatingly simple but clever mechanism to make the insides turn first one way and then the the other as the handle is turned continuously in one direction:

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