Central Maine is home to a vast array of arts and culture opportunities. Patrons of performing arts, galleries, museums, and libraries will delight in our region’s offerings. Whether in a lakeside venue or a bustling downtown, cultural activities abound.
The Maine Film Center showcases the best of independent, documentary, international, repertory and classic cinema. From the daily matinee and evening screenings of new arthouse films at Railroad Square Cinema to the Maine International Film Festival’s 10-day feast of film each July, the Maine Film Center presents films that can’t be found anywhere else in the state.
Snow Pond Center for the Arts (SPCA) is a unique community, educational institution, tourism attraction, recreational facility, concert venue and arts center. SPCA is home to many programs, including: The New England Music Camp, which is celebrating its 82nd year; the Snow Pond Arts Academy, Maine’s only performing arts charter high school; and the fabled Bowl in the Pines, one of the largest outdoor amphitheaters in the country. Located on the shores of Messalonskee Lakes (a.k.a. Snow Pond), SPCA strives to enrich the cultural landscape of the Kennebec Valley, generate community pride, and provide a vibrant sense of place to all who visit the grounds.
Nurturing the spirit and imagination since 1902, the Waterville Opera House has housed many breathtaking performances including theater, dance, vaudeville, film festivals, and traveling comedy acts. The Opera House provides entertainment for visitors of all ages including children and adults. The “destination for the arts” in Maine looks forward to another century especially after its recent $4.5 million renovation.
The Colby College Museum of Art is a collecting and teaching museum dedicated to the preservation, display, and interpretation of the visual arts. We embrace within our collections works of art from diverse cultures and historical periods, with a focus on American art, and commitment to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. We manage these resources for the benefit of the Colby College community, the region, and the nation, and we aspire to display works that embody the highest standards of achievement.
Common Street Arts has an active exhibition program and provides unique social, cultural, and collaborative opportunities for the Waterville community. CSA’s programs promote local and regional artists and provides creative art education experiences. CSA also hosts artists from farther afield to inspire and enhance the local creative spirit.
Literature and History
The L.C. Bates Museum is an early 20th Century Museum full of unique cabinets of curiosities and Maine wildlife dioramas. Discover the Wonders of Nature. Explore exhibits of art, Maine Native American Baskets, Minerals, and Maine History and Archaeology. Experience Maine’s natural beauty first hand on our forest walking trails.
The Redington Museum offers a comprehensive and charming view of life in Waterville during the past two centuries. Fascinating collections of furniture, accessories, household artifacts, toys, tools, and weapons as well as historical papers and diaries, are located in an elegant Federal-style home that was built by Asa Redington in 1814.