Maine is certainly beautiful and full of history. We love telling you about how to experience all aspects of the state in order to enjoy it to the fullest. But every so often we’ve got to look for the silly things in life. So, take those hikes and explore that historic lighthouse, but don’t forget to get off the beaten path and find some of the quirkier parts of our home. From a museum dedicated to things that might not exist to unexpected and abandoned trains in the middle of the forest, Maine just might be the weirdest place in the country!
1. Wild Blueberry Land, Columbia Falls
If you've been in Maine all your life and haven't heard about this place, you may have been living under a rock. Or a blueberry bush. If you love Maine's un-official fruit, you must check out this place for the best blueberry pies, blueberry jams and other blueberry souvenirs. This is truly an Only in Maine attraction!
Visit them at: US-1, Columbia Falls / 207-483-2583
2. Hannibal Hamlin's Death Couch, Bangor
This couch, found in the Bangor Public Library, hasn't been sat on by anyone since July 4, 1891 when Abraham Lincoln's Vice President, Hannibal Hamlin died while sitting on it after falling ill during a game of cards. You can't touch it, but it's pretty cool to think about when seeing it in the Bangor Public Library!
Visit them at: 145 Harlow Street / 207-947-8336
3. International Cryptozoology Museum, Portland
The world's only museum exploring the study of hidden or unknown animals such as Yetis, Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and Sea Serpents, as well as hundreds of other yet-to-be-found animals (cryptids) is located right here in Maine. Makes sense considering all the Sasquatch sightings reported here. Last winter, the museum hosted the Minnesota Iceman. As an exhibit, not a guest.
Visit them at: 4 Thompsons Point #106, Portland / 207-832-7398
4. The Wiggly Bridge, York
There might be quite a few bridges in Maine, but none is quick at quirky as this one. LinkingYork Harbor to the wonderful Steedman Woods, this bridge provides lots of fun for those willing to give it a shake!
5. Kenneth E. Stoddard Shell Museum, Boothbay
This museum is dedicated entirely to shells. It's the brainchild of Kenneth E. Stoddard, who traveled through the South Pacific and found himself building his collection little by little. The museum is now run by his son, who promised his father he'd care for it after he'd passed away. Visit them at:
510 Wiscassett Road,
Boothbay / 207-633-4828
6. Fawcett's Antique Toy and Art Museum, Waldoboro
This museum gets rave reviews, not only for the the many vintage comic books, animation cells and dolls from early Disney movies but also for the owner himself. John Fawcett has poured his heart and soul into amassing a collection of this magnitude and his expertise about each piece is remarkable. Don't miss this if you love anything vintage or anything toy-related!
Visit them at: 3506 Route One (Atlantic Highway), Waldoboro / 207-832-7398
7. The World's Largest Telephone, Woodstock
Woodstock, Maine is home to the last ever phone call made from a crank phone in the US. Today, a statue stands in town to commemorate this sad, but exciting moment in history.
8. Maine Coast Sardine History Museum, Jonesport
Perhaps only in Maine would something as small as the sardine hold a place in a dedicated museum! Since its founding in 1875, the museum has worked hard to keep the history of the sardine industry alive in Maine. All kinds of interesting artifacts can be found here, from a wall of scissors used by sardine packers to vintage packaging.
Visit them at: 34 Mason Bay Rd, Jonesport / 207-497-2961
9. The Maine State Prison Showroon, Thomaston
This small shop isn't just quirky, it has some great stuff! In existence for more than 50 years, the showroom features products made my Maine State Prison inmates. The quality is good and the products are some of the most "Maine" you'll fine!
Visit them at: 358 Main St, Thomaston / 207-354-9237
10. The Umbrella Cover Museum, Peaks Island (near Portland)
A huge thank you to Nancy Hoffman for curating not just this museum, but joy on Peaks Island. Hoffman's museum began when she realized that so many umbrella covers get tossed aside, but kept for no real reason. The museum is "dedicated to the appreciation of the mundane in everyday life. It is about finding wonder and beauty in the simplest of things, and about knowing that there is always a story behind the cover." Take the ferry from Portland to Peaks Island to check this out!