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April 12, 2022

Maine Discovery Museum names interim executive director

Courtesy / Maine Discovery Museum Kate Dickerson will serve as the interim executive director of the Maine Discovery Museum.

The Maine Discovery Museum, a children’s museum in Bangor, has named Kate Dickerson as interim executive director, succeeding outgoing Executive Director Niles Parker.

Parker recently said that he will begin a similar position in mid-May at the Nantucket Historical Association in Massachusetts. Dickerson is the founder and director of the Maine Science Festival, a program of the Maine Discovery Museum.

“We are excited that Kate has agreed to serve in this capacity during this transition,” said Anne-Marie Storey, president of the museum’s board of directors. “The board feels confident that Kate will be invaluable in setting goals and objectives for the museum’s future while also providing the administrative guidance that we need during this time of transition.”

The museum opened in 2001 and has three floors of interactive exhibits. It's located in the historic Freese’s Department Store building in downtown Bangor.

“I’m delighted to step into this role as interim executive director, and am excited about MDM’s direction after a difficult two-plus years,” Dickerson said.

“Having had the pleasure of working closely with Kate over the past eight years, I am thrilled to see her step into this position and keep MDM’s momentum going,” said Parker, the outgoing executive director. “Her vision for the Maine Science Festival and her work to make it a reality have been inspiring. Our commitment to expanding public science education programs for people of all ages in Maine will only get stronger and more exciting.”

Prior to the pandemic, Maine Discovery Museum had attendance of about 55,000 visitors a year. The Maine Science Festival generated an additional 12,000 to 15,000 attendees.

The museum's budget for this year is $775,000, according to Parker.

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