Wild Museums | Rangeley, Maine

The legacy of Wilhelm Reich has mixed opinions in Rangeley. Was he a mad scientist, eccentric genius, or just way ahead of his time? You can find out for yourself by visiting Orgonon, the name of the Wilhelm Reich Museum and 175-acre nature compound in Rangeley. Reich was an Austrian-born physician-scientist who in the 1930s discovered a powerful physical energy he dubbed “Orgone” (vote Orgonon). For the next two decades, he devoted his life to the investigation of its law and properties. The Orgone Energy Observatory is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and visitors will see Reich’s inventions and equipment, his study, library, sculpture, paintings and personal memorabilia.

This comprehensive museum contains vintage everything from the region – outboard motors, fishing flies, taxidermy, hunting rifles, relics of Maine’s proud Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, stories and biographies of local folks, and so much more. The voices of Carrie Stevens, Herb Welch, Fly Rod Crosby, Ed Grant and Shang Wheeler call to today’s sportsmen and visitors to reawaken the sense of adventure and excitement of a 10-pound wild brook trout, the beauty of a Carrie Steven’s Gray Ghost Streamer, or the lifelike Herb Welch mounted brook trout. Located in neighboring Oquossoc, the museum was named best sporting museum in New England by Yankee Magazine.

With Rangeley’s location between the headwaters of the Androscoggin and Kennebec Rivers, the area has long been one of Maine’s logging centers. This museum’s mission and vision statement is to preserve the rich cultural heritage of forestry and conservation in the State of Maine so that it may be shared with generations to come; to educate about the contributions of logging, logging families, and the forestry industry; to instill appreciation for the natural resources of the Maine forest; and to inspire visitors to support this cultural preservation and encourage others to join in the effort. See hundreds of artifacts from regional logging operations, oil paintings, chain saw carvings and more.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as Creative Resources Manager for RTX, based in Asheville, NC. You can find him hiking the mountains of Asheville, gardening, traveling, and hanging with his growing family. His favorite RTX exchange destinations are Rangeley, Maine, Lake Tahoe, Banff, Canada, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Cape Cod, and Orange Beach, Alabama. .


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