Annaliese’s Adventures: The Umbrella Cover Museum in Peaks Island, Maine

We’re talking about weird and unusual museums this week on The Eagle Morning Show, and I have one that might just trump them all. Last week, I had got to make my second visit ever to the most unique museum that I’ve ever been to: The Umbrella Cover Museum in Peaks Island, ME.

Peaks Island is a tiny island located just off the coast of Portland Maine. It’s a 15 minute ferry ride to get there. The entirety of Peaks Island is only a couple miles wide, and it’s the perfect place to head for an afternoon of exploring. While the beautiful ocean and bay views from Peaks Island get most of the tourist attention, there’s a special museum here that shouldn’t be overlooked. Peaks Island is home to the one and only Umbrella Cover Museum!

Museum owner and curator Nancy 3. Hoffman first opened the museum in 1996. The official museum bio from the website reads: “The Umbrella Cover Museum is dedicated to the appreciation of the mundane in everyday life. It is about finding wonder and beauty in the simplest of things, and about knowing that there is always a story behind the cover.” Ms. Hoffman receives umbrella cover donations from folks all over Maine, the US, and the world, and displays them in themed sections throughout the museum.

The Umbrella Cover Museum is small (just one main room and a bathroom), but it is filled to the brim with all sorts of umbrella covers. I am tempted to mail one in myself from Virginia! Here are a few photos from the museum: