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Art & Ales: Bangor

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Zillman Art Museum, located along the historic Norumbega Mall, ZAM is The University of Maine’s collection of historic and contemporary art. Consisting of more than 4,000 original works of art, the collection is particularly strong in American mid-20th century works on paper. Contemporary highlights of the collection include works by David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Edward Hopper, and Pablo Picasso. Additionally, the museum’s permanent collection celebrates the long heritage of Maine art and artists; including works by Berenice Abbott, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, John Marin, Carl Sprinchorn, and Andrew Wyeth. This small intimate downtown gallery is a gem. Free to all.

The Penobscot Theatre Company is housed in the beautifully restored Bangor Opera House and has been producing live theater since 1973.

& Ales

Bangor and Brewer

Geaghan’s Pub and Craft Brewery is a local favorite and a true family affair, they have been at it since 1975. The Tasting Room opened across the river in 2015, it’s also home to the brewery, so you can watch the production process and enjoy a few brews. #penobscoticebreaker #presqueislehoneyblonde #thedarknight

Bangor Beer Company is known for their “great beer, delicious food, outdoor patio, trivia Tuesdays and goofy and fun staff”. #catchphrase #oddball #wanderingfruit

Unique Lodging

The Tarratine Inn on French Street.

Local Tips

Check out the calendar at the Bangor Arts Exchange located in the historic Nichols Block.

Waterfront Concerts presents a full season of live performance along the banks of the Penobscot River.

Bangor is the home to novelist Stephen King. SK Tours provides year-round local tours of King’s home, places that have inspired his writing, and film locations.

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra is the one of the oldest orchestras in the U.S.

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