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Ray Routhier

Portland Press Herald staff writer Ray Routhier will try anything. Once. During 20 years at the Press Herald he’s been equally attracted to stories that are unusually quirky and seemingly mundane. He’s taken rides on garbage trucks, sought out the mother of two rock stars, dug clams, raked blueberries, and spent time with the family of bedridden man who finds strength in music. Nothing too dangerous mind you, just adventurous enough to find the stories of real Mainers doing real cool things.

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Posted: May 12, 2015

Browse rarely seen treasures in the storage rooms of Kennebunk’s Brick Store Museum during “Night at the Museum”

Written by: Ray Routhier

The idea of going behind the scenes at a museum, of strolling through the darkened exhibit halls and cramped storage rooms when no one else is around, is incredibly intriguing to lots of people.

So many in fact, that the idea has spawned three blockbuster movies in the “Night at the Museum,” series, starring Ben Stiller. But this Saturday the star will be the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk, hosting its imaginative “Night at Our Museum” event.

Patrons will be lead on a tour of the three main storage rooms – including one packed with 700 articles of period clothing on racks, and another filled with sleighs, wagons, and other 19th century modes of conveyance. Visitors will get to see a lot more of the museum’s 70,000 items than the 5 percent usually displayed in the exhibit halls in a typical year.

The museum was founded in 1936, by Edith Barry, whose family was one of many in Kennebunk that became wealthy from ships and ship building. The collection focuses on town and southern Maine history.

The idea for the “Night at Our Museum” event came from the museum’s staff, said Cynthia Walker, the museum director.

“We just thought it would be nice to let people come and explore what the staff gets to see every day,” Walker said.

Here then is a look at just some of the hidden treasures one will see during the “Night at Our Museum.”

Here’s a sneak peek:

Night at Our Museum

WHEN: 5-8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk
HOW MUCH: $20; $40 per family

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