On Thursday, Aug. 1, Penobscot Marine Museum will join five museums across Maine in donating a portion of each admission fee paid that day to help support the construction of a children’s museum in Newtown, Conn., the city that was the site of a mass shooting in December.

The participating Maine museums are the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor, Maine Historical Society in Portland, Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, the Maine State Museum in Augusta and Penobscot Marine Museum.

The effort to build a children’s museum in Newtown predated the December tragedy, but after that day the effort gained even greater momentum because many in the community realized there was a much greater need than before.

After the December shooting, three museums in Grand Rapids, Michigan, chose to contribute a portion of one day’s admission fees toward helping fund the Newtown children’s museum, which has been named the Everwonder Museum. The Association of Children’s Museums picked up the movement and launched a national effort, and Maine Maritime Museum contacted museums in Maine.

Because Maine museums enjoy greater visitation during the summer months, Aug. 1 was selected as the day the museums would share a portion of their admission fees with the Newtown museum.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.