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“Bigger than expected”

Cole Land Transportation Museum
Ranked #1 of 31 things to do in Bangor
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Museum dedicated to preserving and displaying Maine's land transportation equipment.
Reviewed 2 July 2014

We expected a quick stop at the Cole Land Transportation Museum but were surprised to find a large and diverse collection of transportation items spanning many decades. The collection includes snow plows, fire trucks, trains, and more. Some of the vehicles are particularly old or unique.

Our visit was early in the morning and the museum was virtually empty, which made for a quiet and peaceful experience. We were greeted by a member of the museum staff who told us personal stories about his experiences with Maine transportation.

If you're in Bangor and have some free time, the Cole Land Transportation Museum is worth a visit. I never even heard of the Cole transportation companies, but I still found the exhibits interesting and engaging. We spent about an hour at the museum, but you could easily spend half a day if you look closely at all the exhibits.

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Jim N, General Manager at Cole Land Transportation Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2014

What a great review! We're glad that you had a nice visit to our museum and we hope that you had an amazing visit to our great state of Maine.

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

I was surprised at the amount of information, & the variety of vehicles on display. More interesting than anticipated.

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Jim N, General Manager at Cole Land Transportation Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2014

Thanks for the review! We take pride in the detailed and personal information we are able to provide for so many of our artifacts.

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Reviewed 6 June 2014

We had a few hours before our flight home from Maine and found this museum on a list of attractions. What a fabulous place! They combine an amazing collection of vehicles (the snowplows are worth the trip themselves) with a project matching middle school students with veterans. They volunteers were so pleasant and delighted to show us around. I could have stayed the entire day using my phone to listen to their interactive stations scattered throughout the facility. It was a delightful surprise.

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Jim N, General Manager at Cole Land Transportation Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2014

Thank you for the kind review. We are very excited about our new smartphone feature. We just implemented it this spring and love to hear that it is being used.

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Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

The cole museum is worth at least a morning or afternoon; the vehicles are in great condition with something to see for all age groups; best of bangor

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Jim N, Manager at Cole Land Transportation Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2014

Thank you for the kind words. We like to think we're the best in Bangor as well!!

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

A bargain admission since the kids were free. So much to see and enjoy that we'll be back. Self walking tour with interactive tv's which provided mini documentaries and information about various exhibits. Some videos we could watch on our smart phones. Never knew this museum was located in Bangor until I found it on TripAdvisor and glad we did. The staff was very well informed and provided plenty of historical bits of info.

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Jim N, Manager at Cole Land Transportation Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2014

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and let us know when you're coming back.

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