The Dyer Library and Saco Museum promote life-long learning and appreciation of culture; preservation of the past, and state-of-the-art services and resources for all.
The Saco museum's galleries are set up to allow changing exhibitions showcasing the extraordinary collections, special interpretive exhibits, and important works by contemporary Maine artists. Permanent exhibits include paintings, furnishings, and household objects with documented histories of ownership in the Saco valley in the 18th and 19th centuries. Period bedchambers offer insights into the life-styles of both the elite and working classes in 19th-century Saco. The museum also has a display of antique natural history specimens, including birds of New England.
In 1881, funded by a generous bequest from Olive Dyer in the name of her husband Oliver, the first home of the Dyer Library was created in the basement of Saco City Hall. In 1893, the library moved to a new home on Main Street. After half a century, Dyer Library moved north in 1955 to the former home of board president Frank Cutter Deering, next to the York Institute. In 1974, a new wing was added adjacent to Deering’s huge flat-roofed parlor. This broad corridor and gallery connected to the carriage house, providing new offices, the Deering Room and Board Room and what is now the Reed's Children's Room, created with a bequest from former children’s librarian Lillian Reed.
In 1976, the Dyer Library and York Institute joined together as the Dyer Library Association. Later, the York Institute was renamed as the Saco Museum. In keeping with the idea that the museum and library are a single cultural institution serving the Saco Community, the Dyer Library Association is now referred to as Dyer Library/Saco Museum.
DYER LIBRARY HOURS:
Monday: Mon., Wed., Fri.: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tue. & Thur.: 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sat.: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
MAINE HISTORY ROOM HOURS:
Mon.: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tues.: noon - 4 p.m.
Wed.: 9:30 a.m. - noon
Thurs.: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fri: 9:30 a.m. - noon; 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
SACO MUSEUM HOURS:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: noon-4 p.m.
Friday: noon-8 p.m. (free after 4 p.m.)
Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday: (June-December only) noon-4 p.m.