OUTDOOR SPORTING HERITAGE MUSEUM

The Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum is a 3,500 building dedicated preserving and sharing the intriguing artifacts and stories of the Rangeley Region. It is devoted to all those who have contributed so much to the region’s traditions, values.
Yankee Magazine has voted OSHM “Best Sporting Museum in New England” twice in the last 5 years.

Some recent quotes about OSHM:
“This gem of a museum illustrates the appeal of this blessedly gorgeous region of Maine…”

–Huffington Post/ Nov. 2015

“If you were to find yourself in the Oquossoc, Maine area, you would be remiss not to stop by this museum! What a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and history of the area. This part of Maine is all about the outdoors and this museum is a celebration of it. It is beautifully curated, loaded with fascinating facts and stories, and a delightful snapshot of this part of Maine.”

-Trip Advisor.com

When you visit our museum you’ll enjoy the ambiance of an authentic early sporting camp before enjoying chronological sporting history of the region’s people, places and events, starting with the Paleo Native Americans who fished and hunted in the Magalloway River region. We now have on our OSHM grounds... one of the oldest known man-made stone structures in the new world… a 12,000 year old Paleo Native American meat cache from a caribou hunting site on the Upper Magalloway.

The Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum houses the finest and largest collection of Carrie Stevens flies in the world. It also houses outstanding examples of Herb Welch mounted trout and salmon, scores of his wonderful paintings and sketches, hand tied flies, sculptures, carvings and many personal items. Also on display is an authentic 1920’s double-ended Indian Rock Boat. This is what the now famous “Rangeley Boat” were known as. This boat is the oldest example of this iconic watercraft that we know of and once belonged to local guide Stephen Morse who used it to guide his “sports” on Welokenabacook Lake (Lower Richardson) in the late1800’s. OSHM also features artifacts, vintage photos and information on the steamships that plied the lakes and two railroads that transported guests, sports and lumberman throughout the region. You’ll view an exhibit highlighting the 1955 visit of President Eisenhower featuring photos, film and artifacts sharing the story of his fishing trip and sustained relationship with his guide Don Cameron, including a portrait the president painted of Cameron while in office.

There’s a mounted 11 pound wild brook trout caught in 1897 at Upper Dam and mounted by J. Waldo Nash (one of only three known examples of full bodied Nash mounts) and a new exhibit of Shang Wheeler’s art work and carvings featuring “White Nose Pete”, the “Furry Salmon”, and a wonderful ink and pen drawing of a 10 pound brook trout caught in 1922. OSHM also has a working silk fly line braiding machine once owned by renowned rod builder Ken Crocker and a handcrafted birch bark canoe to name just a few of the treasures awaiting you at OSHM! Several new artifacts and two new exhibits will be added for 2016.
 

   
 

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