On display in the museum building at Colonial Pemaquid are selections from more than 75,000 artifacts which archaeologists have excavated from the site of the fishing village and forts dating from the first quarter of the 17th century.
Displays feature scenes and items relating to the area's history, including the Wawenock tribe of Native Americans, a trading post, tavern, fishing, blacksmithing, and a typical archeological excavation. Other cases also house examples of English and European ceramics -- such as a German Bellarmine jug and samples of Delftware and Rheinish pottery, Portuguese and Spanish majolica, and Staffordshire combed slipware -- a variety of English glass bottles and stemware, pottery, hardware and small objects used in the home. Interestingly enough, an understanding of how many of the objects were used and appreciated has come from studying paintings of the Dutch School, which show items similar to the snuff boxes, jars, tiles, pipes, dishes and glass ware found at Pemaquid. A distinctive piece of redware, the Pemaquid flower plate, is on display.