This region’s rugged beauty and wide collection of outdoor pursuits are well-matched by the extensive treasury of arts and cultural activities, eclectic museums and historic sites, and thrilling events and festivals that take place throughout the year; each is a champion for the heritage of the people who call Maine’s Lakes and Mountains home.
Maine is home to numerous historic homes and museums. Among the many are the Lillian Nordica Homestead in Farmington, where the revered opera singer took her first steps; Wilhelm Reich Museum in Rangeley, home to the psychoanalyst dubbed the “midwife to the sexual revolution of the 1960s”; and Hannibal Hamlin House in Paris where the 15th Vice President of the United States lived. The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Museum celebrates America's only active shaker community. Or step back in time at Norlands Living History Center in Livermore and experience the working farm and museum of the 19th Century Washburn Family.
If art tickles your fancy, you can find monthly art walks alive with community participation, and galleries bursting at the seams with talented local Maine artists’ work. See hand-crafted furniture and stained glass at the Reinholt Fine Art Gallery and Furniture Studio in Kingfield, or peruse the fine art exhibits and original vintage prints at Frost Farm Gallery in Norway.
The Lakes and Mountains are abundant with cultural gems and thriving art communities that will keep you enthralled, amused, and counting down the days until you can return to experience it all over again. Whether you are a history buff, an amateur art collector, or someone who just enjoys a great theater production, there’s no denying entertainment here is plentiful.