Discovery museum

Maine Discovery Museum appoints interim executive director

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 he would start 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 delighted that Kate has agreed to serve in this capacity during this transition,” said Anne-Marie Storey, chair of the museum’s board of trustees. “The board is confident that Kate will be invaluable in setting goals and objectives for the future of the museum while providing the administrative guidance we need during this time of transition.”

The museum opened in 2001 and has three floors of interactive exhibits. It is located in the historic Freese department store building in downtown Bangor.

“I am delighted to take on this role of interim CEO and am excited about where MDM is heading after more than two challenging years,” said Dickerson.

“Having had the pleasure of working closely with Kate for the past eight years, I am delighted to see her step into this role and to keep MDM’s momentum going,” said Parker, the outgoing Managing Director. “His vision for the Maine Science Festival and his work to make it a reality has been inspiring. Our commitment to expanding public science education programs for people of all ages in Maine will only grow stronger and more exciting.

Before the pandemic, the Maine Discovery Museum welcomed about 55,000 visitors a year. The Maine Science Festival generated 12,000 to 15,000 additional attendees.

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