Bethel and Beyond
A new permanent exhibit in the Robinson House
In the spring of 2022, we opened a new large, permanent exhibit on the history of Bethel and the surrounding region. This exhibit includes a chronological journey through Bethel's early history and will soon be expanded to include three themed exhibit halls focusing on aspects of the region's history such as culture, work, and travel.
The Golden Age of the Gehring Clinic
On view May 30, 2023, through October 13, 2023 in the Robinson House
This exhibit tells the story of Dr. John George Gehring and his Bethel clinic. A pioneer in the treatment of what were then called "nervous disorders," Gehring developed an innovative regimen of mental and physical techniques in the era before Freudian theories were popularized in America. His practice brought a large number of prominent and interesting people to Bethel, including, most consequentially, William Bingham, 2nd, who became a benefactor for Gould Academy, and significantly shaped its development.
The Mount Zircon Bottle at 100
On view May 30, 2023, through October 13, 2023 in the Robinson House and Mason House
In honor of the 100th birthday of the Mount Zircon Moon Tide Spring Company bottle-shaped lunch stand, which was restored by Museums of the Bethel Historical Society Executive Director Emeritus Randall H. Bennett in the 1990s and is now owned by MBHS, this exhibit in the Mary and Philip Chadbourne Room covers the history of the company and the bottle. It features a detailed timeline of the mineral spring business founded in the mid-19th century by Dexter Abbott, accompanied by dozens of historic photographs and documents, as well as photos of the restoration of the bottle lunch stand and a display of Mount Zircon bottles and other artifacts.
Oxford County Skiing History: From Jockey Cap to Jordan Bowl
On view until further notice in the Robinson House
On view in the “Western Mountains Gallery,” this colorful exhibit provided by the Maine Ski & Snowboard Museum traces the roots of alpine and Nordic skiing and ski manufacturing at sites located within or near the borders of Oxford County. Through images, artifacts, and vintage film, the display presents the fascinating story of skiing history in the highlands of western Maine.
Dr. Moses Mason House Period Rooms
Open in July and August; Thursday through Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00 PM; other times by appointment
One of the finest Federal style residences in its region, the Dr. Moses Mason House was constructed in 1813 on a spacious lot facing onto the common at Bethel Hill village. Click here to learn more.
Treasures from the Collection: Art and Crafts Across Time
On view July 1, 2023, through September 2, 2023 in the Howe Exhibit Hall, Mason House
Handmade and early machine-made items from the home highlight two centuries of New England craftsmanship and ingenuity. Many of these unique items from our collection will be on display for the first time.