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Live Music. Shows. History. Architecture.

There are many cultural activities and attractions that enhance the natural beauty and rugged environment of Androscoggin Valley. You will find live music venues, grand architecture, historical sites, shows and entertainment, quaint downtowns, and many family attractions.

The paper industry is a key part of the region’s history and lives on at the Northern Forest Heritage Park and the Brown House Museum in Berlin. Located along the Androscoggin River, the park has a full-size replica of a logging camp and an amphitheater where a number of programs and events pay tribute to our cultural heritage.

The St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts in Berlin and the Medallion Opera House Theater in Gorham feature quality live entertainment. The Berlin & Coös County Historical Society provides visitors with a rich history of the area at the Moffet House Museum. If you want to learn more about the White Mountains, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Joe Dodge Lodge has informative lectures about the local wildlife and history of the White Mountains and a children’s discovery center. The Gorham Historical Society & Railroad Museum features a fascinating exhibition of railroad engines and cars, along with a unique model railroad.

On the Milan-Berlin line is the massive Nansen Ski Jump that dramatically rises above the treetops. It was built in 1936 and in the day, was one of the largest in the country, with a 17-foot vertical drop and a descent angle of 37.5 degrees.

Area Attractions

Storyland and Santa’s Village offer rides, characters, water parks, and family fun to last a lifetime. These parks are open all summer and Santa’s Village opens back up at Christmastime for their very special Christmas and New Year offerings. Ride the world’s first mountain climbing train, The Cog Railway, to the top of Mount Washington, the highest peak in New England. Take a self-guided driving tour of the Mt. Washington Auto Road (or climb aboard the Mt. Washington Auto Road SnowCoach and traverse the treeline on the northern flank of Mt. Washington for incredible scenic vistas.