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Explore the cultural sites in Maine to learn about the rich history of this New England territory and discover some of the latest works of artists and performers. From museums to theaters, you’ll find a wealth of cultural attractions in all regions of Maine.
When you’re exploring the easternmost towns of the state, don’t miss the chance to explore Acadia with a boat tour or lobster boat ride. While this region is famous for its abundance of outdoor activities, you can head to destinations like the Jordan Pond House to enjoy some lobster stew and warm popovers with strawberry jam. Explore the Bar Harbor Historical Society or take a tour of the Abbe Museum to learn about local history.
Don’t miss the chance to visit the Maine State Museum when you’re heading to Augusta. The museum is one of the major attractions in the state and home to the largest exhibit, ‘At Home in Maine’. This living museum tells the story of life during pioneer days and gives you a chance to experience the pioneer lifestyle firsthand. You can also visit other enlightening exhibits, including the ‘Tourmaline and the Rich Legacy of Mining at Mount Mica’ for an in-depth look at some of the events that have shaped Maine’s history. Augusta is also home to the Viles Arboretum.
The seaside town of Freeport is a popular destination for hiking and summer getaways. Head here to explore the famed Desert of Maine museum where you can travel the trails. You can also visit Wolfe’s Neck Farm or take a tour of the Freeport Historical Society to learn about the region’s rich history with a walking tour. Take a trip back in time with a tour of the Jameson Tavern. The tavern was built in 1779.
Take a tour of the charming city of Waterville about a 30-minute drive north of Augusta to visit the Colby College museum of Art at the Colby College campus. Catch a live performance at the Waterville Opera House or spend an afternoon touring the Perkins Arboretum.
As you travel through central Maine, take a tour of Bangor. It’s one of the most eclectic cities in the state and boasts a diverse arts and culture scene. Take a tour of the Cole Land Transportation Museum and be sure to get your picture taken in front of the Paul Bunyan Statue. If you’re traveling with kids, make a trip to the Maine Discovery Museum for some hands-on and interactive exhibits.
The city of Brunswick in the northeast is a popular destination for learning about arctic explorations. Take a tour of the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum or enjoy some artwork exhibits at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. You can also catch live shows and performances at the Maine State Music Theatre.
South Portland is a must-see destination and a haven for shoppers and first-time travelers. It’s just a short drive south of Freeport and provides easy access to the beaches of Maine. Take a tour of the Maine Historical Society and be sure to visit the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. Climb up the Portland Observatory to see city sites from a fresh perspective.
As you make your way to the harbors around York, be sure to visit the Nubble Lighthouse and travel across historical sites including the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The Emerson-Wilcox House is a historical landmark worth exploring. Take a tour of the Old York Historical Society to learn more about the history of this charming town.