Welcome to the Stanley Museum website!

Explore the site, sign up for membership, read our newsletter, shop our online museum store!  

And this is just the beginning! Keep checking back – we will be adding content, photo albums, events and new items in the store.  

The Stanley Museum, Inc. commemorates and preserves the heritage of Stanley family genius. The famous “Stanley Steamer” automobile was invented by Francis Edgar Stanley and manufactured by him and his twin brother, Freelan Oscar Stanley. The Stanley Dry Plate company was also a joint endeavor of the twins, F.E. and F.O. Stanley. Freelan Oscar Stanley along with nephew Carlton Stanley opened a violin making business. Their sister, Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, and her daughter Dorothy are equally important, Chansonetta for her photographs depicting rural turn-of-the-century American life and Dorothy for her paintings.

The museum has assembled a collection of all facets of Stanley family history and memorabilia — airbrush painting and photography, photographic dry plate technology, violins and examples of Stanley steam cars from 1905, 1909, 1910, and 1916. The museum uses these collections to illustrate the technical, artistic, social and economic achievements of the Stanley family and how these achievements relate to the past, present and future.

The Museum, located at 40 School Street in Kingfield Maine, houses four Stanley Steamer automobiles along with a family room dedicated to the history, ingenuity and the artistic talents of the Stanley Family.

The Stanley Museum was established in 1981 as a non-profit foundation for education (501.C.3)

Adopt Your Favorite Stanley Museum Steam Car – 2017

Adopt-A-Stanley Steamer, is a new program at the Stanley Museum. Just choose a car in our collection and adopt that car for one year. Your name will be placed on the stand in front of the car for all to see and admire. You will receive an adoption certificate and your name will also be listed on our website.(You can also have your adoption “in memory of” or “in honor of” anyone that you choose.) The yearly fee is $100.00. Your donation will help defer the financial responsibility we have with each car (insurance, care, maintenance), and we hope it will give you the feeling of being involved in the Stanley Museum and its collections.

Please call Debbie Smith at 207.265.2729
to Adopt your favorite Stanley Museum Steam Car !