Museum president and Bristol resident George Gross has announced that Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage will open for the season on Friday, July 1.

The museum will remain open Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. through Labor Day.

Featuring America’s largest public Moxie museum and memorabilia collection, the museum also houses and extensive collection of artifacts from colonial times to early 20th century. A collection of Civil War items and other military items highlight the 150th anniversary of the hostilities in the Civil War. Moxie is the Official Soft Drink of Maine invented by Union native and Civil War officer Dr. Augustin Thompson.

The recently rebuilt carriage house, though not fully completed, displays vintage wagons and sleighs. Extensive exhibits of washing machines, tools and farm implements are only some of the displays.

Often called “Maine’s Best Kept Secret” the museum is in its 45th year of operation. Entrance fees are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors. Located on the Union Fairgrounds in Union near the intersection of Route 17 and Common Road, it is easy to reach from Route 1 via Route 235 from Waldoboro.