199 Pleasant St.
Brunswick, ME 04011
Phone: (207) 729-1129
Fax: (207) 725-8310
Arts & Museums
A liberal arts museum of the 21st Century, the Bates College Museum of Art houses an astounding collection of diverse, contemporary art work. Although small in size, the museum is a pleasant way to spend half an hour. It has a collection of permanent art work as well as temporary exhibitions covering a wide range of artistic styles. The exhibits are constantly changing, so be sure to check out the website for upcoming exhibitions and events before heading over. The museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays between 10:00a and 5:00p. Admission is free.
The Maine Historical Society operates the renovated Wadsworth-Longfellow House. This historic home was built between 1785-1786 by General Peleg Wadsworth. Two decades later, his grandson Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow grew up in the house before becoming one of the most famous American poets of all time. The last family member left the house to the historical society upon her death in 1901, leaving it as preserved as possible. Today, visitors can come see the house and the family artifacts within spanning several centuries and many generations.
Space gallery provides a platform to budding artists and performers to showcase their talent to the world. The gallery strives to promote unconventional ideas and innovative creativity and does not require the artists to restrict themselves to any particular medium. A favorite among artists, performers and art lovers, Space generally features visual art displays, film screenings, music shows and public collaborations.
Loose yourself in the world of art, as the Portland Museum of Art lures you with 17,000 artworks created by American and European geniuses from the 18th Century till the present date. The state's oldest and biggest art museum demands a visit from every art lover.
Cryptozoology, described as the science studying mysterious, unverified animals, has been a topic of many controversial discussions. Loren Coleman, the author of numerous books on cryptids of the world and the founder of the International Cryptozoology Museum, has over the years collected many artifacts and 'evidence' on these elusive animals. Making for a thoroughly interesting visit, the museum in Old Port, features many of these relics and specimens. The main attraction here is the Crookston Bigfoot weighing approximately 135 kilograms (300 pounds) and the scary-looking Feejee mermaid.
Located inside the former Keepers' Quarters and enjoying superb vistas of the ocean, the Museum at Portland Head Light has played a crucial role since the 1700s in freeing America from the colonial rule of the British. This museum houses some stunning maritime memorabilia which have been immaculately preserved through the centuries. The museum shop is a big hit with those who enjoy all things maritime. Admission is free!
Featured on the state quarter, this historic lighthouse is visited by more than 100,000 people a year and possibly the most photographed lighthouse in Maine! Standing at 35 feet tall (10 meters), the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse was erected in 1835 and became one of the first lighthouses with an automatic light in 1934. Here visitors can tour the tower, and visit the Fishermen's Museum where old photographs and artifacts tell the story of the town's maritime history.