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South Portland, ME 04106
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Arts & Museums
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.
A unique collection of African tribal masks and artifacts are on display at this museum that protects and preserves Sub-Saharan African tribal art, culture, and tradition. A variety of workshops and classes are available.
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.
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.
Three main buildings make up this wonderful museum complex. The history museum contains changing exhibitions that cover over five centuries of Maine life, the research library contains the world's premier collection of Maine history printed materials, and the 1786 Wadsworth-Longfellow House is the childhood home of one of America's most famous 19th century poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
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.
Photography, radio, and documentary writing by Salt Institute students, as well as other documentarians, are exhibited at this unique gallery. Programs in radio, black and white photography, and nonfiction writing are available at this institute.
Interesting Portland industrial historical exhibits and artifacts are on display at this unique museum that also features historic two-foot gauge railroad equipment and train rides along Casco Bay. Guided tours are available.
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!
The Old Orchard Beach Historical Society offers a collection of historical memorabilia gathered since the 17th century.
Established in 1995, The Saco Bay Artists offer this unique gallery, comprised of a collection of original paintings, prints, sculpture, photography and cards. New artwork presentations are displayed each month.
The third oldest museum in Maine, the Saco Museum is a regional museum which exhibits over 10,000 fine and decorative arts and historic artifacts. The Saco Museum's collection includes documented local furniture, clocks, silver, natural history specimens, ceramics, textiles, the Walcott/Johnson camera, the 850-foot long Panorama of Pilgrim's Progress, costumes, and paintings and portraits from such notable regional artists as John Brewster, Jr., Gibeon Elden Bradbury, John Rogers, Katherine Tupper Prescott, and Charles Henry Granger.