MAINE BEACHES ARTS AND CULTURE

While many come for our sandy beaches, more and more visitors are finding that The Maine Beaches offers an enriching selection of culture and entertainment that continues to grow with each passing season.

Leave the mundane behind to explore our more offbeat performance venues like Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick, set on an old family farmstead; and in the cool ocean breezes of Old Orchard Beach’s Seaside Pavilion. Enjoy Shakespeare in Kennebunk’s Lafayette Park on a midsummer night.  Wherever (and whenever) you visit, you’ll find film, theater, dance, and other live performance ready to entertain you.

Discover our nation’s naval heritage at the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum. Kennebunkport’s Seashore Trolley Museum—the oldest and largest of its kind—offers an antique vehicle collection speaking to the nation’s epic technological leaps forward in public transportation. Take a step into the past at the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk, its locally-kilned exterior unchanged from the 19th century or the Sarah Orne Jewett House located in South Berwick.

The only museum in Maine devoted exclusively to the exhibition, preservation, and interpretation of American Art—the Ogunquit Museum of American Art —welcomes visitors May through October. The area’s many galleries offer monthly art walks, lively exhibitions, and workshops by artists and craftspeople. 

Our countless architectural gems range from the simple rustic charm of rugged barns and salty taverns steeped in sea lore to mighty complexes from the industrial revolution. Tour the historic mill complex in Biddeford and see firsthand the unbelievable underground lagoon beneath Mill #10. Stroll our residential lanes to view sea captains’ homes, topped by widow’s walks.

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Art Museums, Galleries & Studios

Barn Gallery | Corner of Shore Rd. and Bourne Ln., Ogunquit | (207) 646-8400 | RD

Beth Ellis Cove Gallery | 294 Shore Rd., Ogunquit | (207) 646-7700 | RD

Ogunquit Museum of American Art  | 543 Shore Rd., Ogunquit | (207) 646-4909 | RD

Panache Gallery of Fine American Crafts & Jewel  | 307 Main St., Ogunquit | (207) 646-0430 | RD

Sanford-Springvale Art Association  | (207) 490-0543 | RD

Scully Gallery  | 116-1 Perkins Cove Rd., Ogunquit |(207) 646-7489 | RD

Sea Bell Gallery  | 53 Shore Rd., Ogunquit | (207) 646-5411 | RD

Souza Gallery  | 676 Post Rd., Wells | (207) 646-2880 | RD

Summer Solstice Craft Shows  | (207) 646-5172

TJ’s Interiors  | 1287 US Route 1, Cape Neddick | (207) 451-7057

Todd Bonita Art Gallery  | 102 Perkins Cove Rd., Ogunquit | (603) 819-9100 | RD

The Whitney Galleries | 1810 Post Rd., Wells | (207) 216-9022 RD

Museums & Historical Societies

Alfred Shaker Museum | 118 Shaker Hill Rd., Alfred | (207) 324-9630 | RD

Arundel Historical Society | 3 Talbot Dr., Arundel | (207) 283-9699 | RD

Brick Store Museum | 117 Main St., Kennebunk | (207) 985-4802 | RD

Children’s Museum of New Hampshire | 6 Washington St., Dover, NH | (603) 742-2002 | RD

First Families Kennebunkport Museum at White Columns | 8 Maine St., Kennebunkport | (207) 967-2751 | RD

Hamilton House | 40 Vaughan’s Ln., South Berwick | (207) 384-2454 | RD

Harmon Historical Museum & Old Orchard Beach Historical Society | Portland Ave., Old Orchard Beach | (207) 934-9319 | RD

Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit | 938 Post Rd., Wells | (207) 646-4775 | RD

Kittery Historical & Naval Museum | 200 Rogers Rd. Extension, Kittery | (207) 439-3080

Museums of Old York | Lindsay Rd., York | (207) 363-1756 | RD

Ogunquit Fire Company Fire Museum | Fireman’s Park, Corner of Shore Rd. and Cottage St., Ogunquit | (207) 646-2939 | RD

Ogunquit Heritage Museum | 86 Obeds Ln., Ogunquit | (207) 646-0296 | RD

Saco Museum | 371 Main St., Saco | (207) 283-3861 | RD

Sanford-Springvale Historical Society | 505 Main St., Springvale | RD

Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center | 5 Portland St., South Berwick | (207) 384-2454  | RD

Wayward-Wheeler House | 9 Barrell Ln. Ext., York Harbor | (207) 384-2454 | RD

Seashore Trolley Museum | 195 Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport | (207) 967-2800 | RD

Strawberry Banke Museum | 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, NH | (603) 433-1100 | RD

Theater, Movies & Performing Arts

Biddeford City Theatre | 205 Main St., Biddeford | (207-282-0849) | RD

Cinemagic & IMAX | 779 Portland Rd., Saco | (207) 282-6234 | RD

Ellis Park Concerts | Gazebo, Short Sands Beach, York

Flagship Cinemas | 75 Wells Plaza, Wells | (207) 216-9737 | RD

Hackmatack Playhouse | 538 School St., Berwick | (207) 698-1807 | RD

Leavitt Fine Arts Theatre | 259 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit | (207) 646-3123 | RD

Mainestage Shakespeare | Kennebunk | (207) 613-6225

Nasson Little Theater | 457 Main St., Springvale | (207) 324-8227 | RD

Ogunquit Performing Arts | Dunaway Center, 23 School St., | Ogunquit | (207) 646-6170 | RD

Ogunquit Playhouse | 10 Main St. Route 1, Ogunquit | (207) 646-5511 | RD

Old Orchard Beach Summer Concerts in the Park | Memorial Park Gazebo, Old Orchard Beach | (207) 934-0860

Seaside Pavilion | 8 6th St., Old Orchard Beach | (207) 934-2024

Smitty’s Cinema (2 locations) | 420 Alfred St., Biddeford | (207) 283-4500 or 1364 Main Street, Sanford | (207) 490-0000  | RD

Star Theatre | 120 Rogers Rd., Kittery | (207) 439-3800 | RD

Wells Summer Concert Series | Wells Harbor Park, Wells | (207) 646-2451

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