The collection includes items from the Cambrian Age (550 million years old) to as recent as the Pleistocene Age (10,000 years old). In this section, you will find trilobites, shark teeth, mastodon teeth, deer antlers, walrus tusks, and much more. Many plants are also displayed, such as fossilized wood, leaves, and roots.

Indian artifacts from the Milo, Maine, area, dating to ten thousand years ago were collected by local people over the last fifty years. Also, thier is an early man exhibit dating as far back as three million years containing hand axes, and replicas of skulls. A few specimens from other American cultures, Mayan, Aztec, Toltec, and Incan are on display.

Natural History – Gems & Minerals
You will see items such as, cave formation specimens, gems and jewelry, iron pyrite, amethyst, citron, and jade.

Discovery Room
Florescent minerals are in a separate dark room. An ultraviolet light brings out the hidden colors not seen in normal daylight.

Reference Library
An extensive collection of books of related material is available for further research.

The Harrigan Learning Center & Museum is owned by the Three Rivers Kiwanis Milo-Brownville Foundation, through a generous donation made by Tom and Nancy Harrigan.

A World Shaped by Ice

Date: Friday, August 27th, 2-4 pm
Location: Three Rivers Kiwanis
Cost: By Donation
MUST RSVP BY PHONE 207-478-1046
Did you know that salt water once lapped within a quarter mile of Schoodic and Sebois Lakes, which were 11,000 years ago, a huge glacially fed lake inundating modern Ebeeme, Schoodic, Sebois and Endless Lake? Or Milo Elementary School sits atop an ancient beach?
The purpose of this program is to explore with interested folks the recent findings that illuminate both facts and questions that research has established. Our program will include an illustrated presentation which will include prehistoric artifacts from our immediate area and what we can learn from them.
David is a former president of the Maine Archeological Society; he is adjunct faculty member at Central Maine Community College and the University of Maine at Farmington. He authored the book “Above the Gravel Bar”.
The guest speaker grew up in the town of Milo, Maine. As a paratrooper in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, he served a tour of duty in South Vietnam. A graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, with a Master’s degree in liberal studies, he chose to live in Maine and taught history at Winthrop High School, where he was chairman of the Social Studies Department.

The Harrigan Learning Center and Museum now open regularly

MILO — Have you ever wanted to hold an ancient Incan tool made from a meteorite, or see a Columbian Mammoth tooth? Most museums are sober, quiet places that discourage interaction with the exhibits, but the Harrigan Learning Center and Museum, located in Milo, is a breath of  fresh air. The Director Tom Harrigan and Assistant Director Lydia Richard are welcoming and affable. They encourage guests to take photos, engage with the exhibits, and some pieces are  even allowed to be handled. Tom and Lydia are happy to guide guests through the museum and  regale them with the tales behind the artifacts. As Tom says, “this museum is built on stories”  and he has one for just about every item on display.

The Harrigan Learning Center and Museum of Fossils, Minerals and First American Artifacts (and much more) is one of five buildings Nancy and Tom Harrigan designed, and hired Ron Desmarais to build for them. The town of Milo gave them 2.1 acres of land in the Business Park to put them on. The Harrigans completely furnished the buildings and obtained a 501(c)3 tax  status and a Foundation designation for the Three Rivers Milo and Brownville Kiwanis Club and then donated the buildings one by one to the Kiwanis Club when the work on them was  completed. The Kiwanis Foundation Headquarters building was completed in 2013, the Museum building was completed in 2016, the Points North Visitors Center and the Pavilion were completed in 2017, and the vehicle and storage building was completed in 2018. All the  buildings are powered from two banks of 36 solar panels each, one mounted on the roof of the Museum and the other mounted on the roof of the Visitor Center.

The Museum has something to peak everyone’s interest — from alligator skulls to arrow  heads, to rhinoceros fossils, moose antlers, dinosaur tracks, petrified wood from Arizona, fluorescent minerals from Franklin, New Jersey, a Native American exhibit that was blessed by a local chief, lots of fossils and minerals and much more. The Museum also has 17 large murals painted by Suzette East who chose subjects to enhance the collection. She also  painted 21 large canvases called destination paintings that are on exhibit in the Visitor Center. The center recently added a webcam display that shows 14 local locations, most  of which are in Milo and Brownville, including a view of an eagle’s nest over the Piscataquis  River.

If you head into the Visitor Center you will also be able to find books written by local  authors, a Boy Scout exhibit, a display of historical photographs of Milo and Brownville, a mineral display by the Penobscot Mineral and Lapidary Club, other minerals and fossils, exhibits from the past by both the Milo and Brownville historical societies, wildlife photography by Marcie Palmer and aerial photography by Blaine Chadwick and a museum exhibit with accompanying stories, of course.

The Harrigan Learning Center and Museum has caught the attention of many, as it has hosted U.S. Rep. Jared Golden and U.S. Sen. Angus King. Television stations WABI and WVII and newspapers Bangor Daily News, the Eastern Gazette and the Piscataquis Observer which have reported stories on the museum. King described the Harrigan Learning Center and Museum as “the Smithsonian of the North” because of the uniqueness  and quality of its collections. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins visited Kiwanis Headquarters building a little after it first opened and gave a program there.

The Harrigan Learning Center and Museum has been operating by reservation only during the pandemic but has opened its doors as of May 15. The hours are Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. School field trips and group visits are  welcome, just call ahead for arrangements at 207-943-3675 or 207-943-3677. Minimum admission donations are adults $9, seniors over 65 $7, children (4-16) and students $5. Children under 4 are free. The Museum’s address is 15 Harris Pond Road Milo, ME 04463 (it is in the Business Park next to a 67,000 solar panel solar park).

Photo courtesy of Jean Greenough
INTRICATE CARVING — A walnut shell with 12 very detailed people carved into it. This is one of many items on display at the Harrigan Learning Center and Museum in Milo.

Visitors Center OPEN!

(Sorry, I’m a few days late posting this!!)



Welcome to the Harrigan Learning Center & Museum!

Owned by Three Rivers Kiwanis in Milo, Maine the museum contains an incredible collection of Fossils, Minerals, and Indian Artifacts.