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Hudson Museum

There are many free things to do in Bangor, Maine‘s third largest city. Explore the countryside in surrounding Penobscot County and see what Maine is all about.

Hudson Museum  – Over 9,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space with three galleries.

University of Maine Museum of Art – Hosts exhibitions featuring contemporary artists and ideas and has more than 3,500 original works of art. The museum offers family programming, and educational classes and workshops for adults.

Leonard’s Mills & Maine Forest Logging Museum – Dedicated to keeping alive the forest industry of long ago. It inlcudes an authentic reconstruction of a logging and milling community of the 1790s. The museum collects, preserves, and shares artifacts, documents, tools, and equipment, and stories relating to the history of the Maine woods – particularly the pioneer and lumbering periods.


Bangor Police Museum – Hundreds of authentic police items dating back to the 1700s.

Chamberlain Freedom Park – Sculpture park addressing the war hero’s contribution at the Battle of Gettysburg. Includes an Underground Railroad memorial depicting an escaped slave.

Paul Bunyan Statue and Park – 31 feet tall, the statue weighs approximately 3,700 pounds.

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Mount Hope Cemetery

Mount Hope Cemetery – America’s second oldest garden cemetery. The 300 acre cemetary is the final resting place for some of Bangor’s, the state’s and even the nation’s most famous and infamous characters: Vice President Hannibal Hamlin and gangster Al Brady. Site for filming of the movie “Pet Semetery.” It has the oldest Civil War monument in the country and is home to many war memorials: Korean War Memorial, and two Civil War Memorials.

Page Farm and Home Museum  – Learn about the industry, agriculture, economy, and home-life of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Houses the state’s most important collection of farm technologies and artifacts of rural culture.

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Teresa J. Shaw is editor of the Free in 50 States section and also writes about Southeast Michigan for Traveling Mom. Visit her blog and follow her on Twitter at @TeresaShaw.