The beauty of the Greater Bangor area lies in its wide variety of arts, culture and great entertainment experiences that are available throughout the year.

There’s art. Exhibits at the UMaine Museum of Art at Norumbega Hall showcase work by local and world famous artists; the museum has four galleries that feature a new exhibit every three months. The collection has over 3,100 works and features modern, contemporary art and a constant rotation of the museum’s collection. The Robert E. White Gallery on the Husson University campus is dedicated to exhibiting works by Maine artists in every possible medium including watercolors, still lifes, oil paintings, pastels, sculptures, acrylics, photographs and etchings.

There are educational opportunities. The Bangor Public Library, housed in a historic downtown building, is home to more than 450,000 books and other media material. The library is also host to many free events, like story hour and other interactive exhibits. Another stop to make in your quest for knowledge is the Bangor Museum and Center for History’s Thomas A. Hill House and Civil War Museum, featuring artifacts and guided tours. If you have kids in tow, the Maine Discovery Museum is the perfect place for you. The largest children’s museum north of Boston, MDM has rotating interactive exhibits and hands-on activities guaranteed to keep them amused for hours.

Bangor Arts- Bangor’s Hub for the experience of the arts in the Greater Bangor Region

Downtown Bangor

  • Experience the richness of Bangor’s music, dance, theatre, art, film, libraries and museums
  • Offers year-round programming for every age and taste – from classical to cutting edge

Cole Land Transportation Museum

405 Perry Road, Bangor

(207) 990-3600

Hours: May 1 till November 11, 7 days a week, 9am-5pm

Admission: Adults: $7, Age 62+: $5, AAA: $6, Children under 19: Free

  • Over 200 vehicles – Maine Connected
  • Over 2,000 photos on display of early life in Maine Communities
  • Collection of U.S. Military memorabilia

Hudson Museum at the University of Maine

5746 Collins Center for the Arts, Orono
(207) 581-1901

Hours: Mon-Fri 9 AM – 4PM
Admission: Free

  • Over 9000 sq. ft. of exhibition space with three galleries
  • Free and open to the public

UMaine Museum of Art

40 Harlow Street, Bangor
(207) 561-3350
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Hours: Tue-Sat 10 AM – 5PM
Admission: Free

  • Hosts an annual calendar of exhibitions featuring contemporary artists and ideas
  • Offers art camps for children lectures, special events, family programming, and educational classes and workshops for adults
  • Remains the only institution owned by the citizens of the State of Maine to house a permanent fine arts collection
  • More than 3,500 original works of art

Bangor Public Library

145 Harlow Street, Bangor
(207)-947- 8336
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Hours: Mon-Thu 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM | Fri-Sat 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

  • Serves as a community center, offering meeting space, programs for adults and children, and monthly exhibits of art and artifacts
  • Aims to provide material on all subjects likely to be of concern or interest
  • Offers wireless connections to the Internet for wireless-capable laptops, handheld PDAs, and other wireless devices
  • An average of 1,448 books and other materials are “checked out” of the Library everyday

Maine Discovery Museum

74 Main Street, Bangor
(207) 262-7200
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Hours: Tue-Sat 10 AM – 5 PM | Sun 12 PM – 5 PM

  • Maine’s largest children’s museum
  • 3 floors of family fun, touch-all- you-want exhibits
  • 7 permanent exhibits: Nature trails, Tradewinds, Booktown, Sounds Abound, Artscape, Mission: Discovery and Body Journey
  • Daily activities and special events

Bangor Historical Society, Thomas A. Hill House

159 Union Street, Bangor
(207) 942-5766
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Hours: Tue-Fri 10 AM-3 PM, June-September

Admission: Call for current prices

  • Over 10,000 photographic prints, daguerreotypes, tintypes, glass plate negatives, and postcards of local and regional interest.
  • Large Quipus collection of historic clothing
  • Extraordinary collection of Civil War artifacts
  • Letters written by Joshua Chamberlain and Hannibal Hamlin

Robert E. White Gallery

1 College Circle, Bangor; Peabody Hall
(207) 941-7129

Hours: Temporarily Closed

  • Dedicated to exhibiting works by Maine artists
  • Mediums include watercolors, still life’s, oil paintings, pastels, sculptures, acrylics, photographs and etchings
  • New shows approximately every eight weeks