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Cole Land Transportation Museum

Address: 405 Perry Road, Bangor, ME 04401
Phone Number: 207-990-3600
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Bangor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Museum dedicated to preserving and displaying Maine's land transportation equipment.
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Museum dedicated to preserving and displaying Maine's land transportation equipment.

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Thomaston
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This museum is very well planned, and there is something of interest for everyone. We almost drove by this, but I am so glad that we took the time to go inside.

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Jim N, General Manager at Cole Land Transportation Museum, responded to this review

Mary, Thank you so much for the review. We hope you are making plans to come back and see us in the spring. More 

Bangor, Maine
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

visiting the Coles museum on Veterans was great fun and and great way to show appreciation to the people who made this land free for all of us. We start at the parade and the to the museum.it is so interesting the mix they offer. Not as interesting to very young children but great fun for the rest of the... More 

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Jim N, General Manager at Cole Land Transportation Museum, responded to this review

Veteran's Day is truly a magical day here at the museum. We are working hard to make our 2015 season more interesting for young children. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and webpage to see what we come up with. More 

Charlottetown, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This is a great place to spend a few hours. I imagine if you went with young kids it could be most of the day. Old vehicles on display including fire trucks and a train. Their displays are very informative.

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Jim N, General Manager at Cole Land Transportation Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for posting such a kind review. We hope to see you again next season! More 

Miramichi, New Brunswick
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We really enjoyed our guided tour of this museum. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and made it very interesting. Could have spent the whole day checking out the many exhibits and listening to the stories.

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Jim N, General Manager at Cole Land Transportation Museum, responded to this review

The ladies and gentlemen we have on the floor are such dedicated volunteers. I'm often humbled by the care that they give all our customers and the knowledge they have about our special artifacts. Thank you for commenting. More 

Harrington, Maine, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Quite a collection of different items that paints a wonderful history of the area and the transportation of the area. I love the covered bridge and the outdoor displays as well.

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Jim N, General Manager at Cole Land Transportation Museum, responded to this review

We think our outside displays provide a very nice park and/or picnic area. We're glad you like them as well. More 

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185 reviews 185 reviews
93 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This land transportation may be on a par with Smithsonian level museums in terms of artifacts and informative presentation. The museum has very early fire engines complete trains and vehicles of every type including rare military equipment. The museum is also the best attraction in the area. Great fun for all ages. Enjoy!

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Jim N, General Manager at Cole Land Transportation Museum, responded to this review

We are so humbled to be compared to the Smithsonian. Our volunteers take great pride in our museum and it shows. Thanks you. More 

Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Not being from the east coast, I had no idea who the Coles were (or are?) It seems like much of the stuff in here is from their personal collections, but is very interesting nonetheless. Every form of transportation. My dad enjoyed showing me an example of what his WWII uniform and patches looked like. Their collection and pictures of... More 

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Jim N, General Manager at Cole Land Transportation Museum, responded to this review

We're glad you got to take a trip down memory lane with you dad. We love to hear stories of generations passing down their family history! More 

Salem, Oregon
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88 reviews 88 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I love transportation museums and this one is one of the best. The collection is very extensive and many of the items brought back fond memories of my younger years. I also appreciated the monuments to military service members. Take a break and make a visit.

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Jim N, General Manager at Cole Land Transportation Museum, responded to this review

We are humbled that you believe we are one of the best. Thank you and we are so happy that you enjoyed our contribution to Maine history. More 

Castine
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

A great collection run by an amazing family. A must see, great experience, fantastic stories behind many of the exhibits.

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Jim N, General Manager at Cole Land Transportation Museum, responded to this review

Thank you! What the Cole Family Foundation has done for the state of Maine is truly amazing. More 

Bangor, Maine
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I have not been in ages, so I will admit that there may be differences now from the last time I went. However, when I was younger, I went with my grandparents or my school at least 5/6 times. It's great to learn about history of transportation there, and the sights are all interesting.

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Jim N, General Manager at Cole Land Transportation Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for coming back to see us! We have had over 3000 students come on field trips this year alone. Folks agree it is a great place for a field trip! More 

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