If you are looking to experience the arts and culture of the area, or just looking for an all-around fun experience, the Androscoggin Valley has got what you need! If you’re looking to experience some great variety of art and music the St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts offers up the widest and most entertaining offerings in the valley. The Berlin & Coos County Historical Society offer a wonderful view of the rich history of the area at the Moffet House Museum. From the rich history of the immigrant population to wild tales of log drives on the Androscoggin River there are a huge number of stories to tell. If you want to learn more about the White Mountains the AMCs Joe Dodge Lodge is the place for you. Offering talks on the wildlife and history of the White Mountains, a children’s discovery center, and meals from around the world, the AMC Joe Dodge Lodge has a lot to offer.
St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts
St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts offers the widest array of art and musical talent in the valley. Named a Certified Best of NH Grand, St. Kieran’s offers a wonderful mix of musical talent from around the world. With ongoing art exhibits and new musical acts weekly the St. Kieran Community Center offers something for everyone year round!
The Moffett House – Berlin & Coos County Historical Society
The mission of the Berlin & Coos County Historical Society is to educate a broad and diverse public about the county’s rich history, culture and ethnic roots with an eye to showing their significance to our lives today. In support of this mission, the society collects preserves and displays materials pertaining to Coos County in general and Berlin in particular. Visiting the Moffett House Museum is a great way to learn all of the rich history of the area. The Moffett House Museum is also a genealogy center and can assist anyone in researching their roots in the Androscoggin Valley!
AMC – Joe Dodge Lodge
Joe Dodge Lodge, in the heart of Pinkham Notch, is surrounded by White Mountain National Forest and some of the region’s best hiking. Start your day right with a hearty breakfast that’s included with your stay. Then hit the trail or follow whatever your heart’s desire. Explore the Great Gulf Wilderness. Spot a moose in the local bog. Take a guided tour with an AMC Naturalist. Or head straight for the summits. In the evening, a delicious dinner featuring cuisine from around the world will prepare you for your next adventure.
Gorham Historical Society: Town and Railroad Museum
The museum, located in a distinctive former Grand Trunk railway depot built in 1907, is open seasonally, from late May to early October, typically Tuesday-Saturdays, 10 AM-3 PM. It includes diverse displays and artifacts about area history and the railroads. Railroad equipment includes: Baldwin Steam Locomotive, B&M Diesel Locomotive, Russell Snowplow, a caboose and a number of boxcars, one of which includes a unique model railroad.
Music in the Great North Woods
Music in the Great North Woods is a non-profit 501c(3) organization formed in 2009 Our mission is to present, promote and support classical music in New Hampshire’s North Country in new as well as existing venues, to create, promote and support interest in the musical arts, to educate and develop new audiences for classical music, to give much needed opportunity to local talent, and to strengthen and enrich the cultural environment of North Country residents and their visitors. A vibrant schedule awaits the arrival of every summer!
Northern Forest Heritage Park
Located at 961 Main Street in Berlin the Park hosts forest, river and art exhibits, lectures, seminars, concerts, lumberjack competitions and special blacksmith demonstrations and events. There is also a museum located at the Brown Company House across the street which tells about the proud logging and papermaking industry of the valley. While there you can also see an art exhibit from a group of Plymouth State University students depicting life in the Androscoggin Valley.
WREN in Berlin
WREN is continually seeking new ways to strengthen and support our small-town economies, encourage development and patronization of hometown businesses and actively urge our communities to spend their dollars locally. In 2012 WREN moved our Berlin office to the former Congregational Church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With multiple rooms and a much larger footprint, the new location provides increased opportunities for expanding our Berlin services and ongoing events and growing WREN’s presence in the community. WREN 921 is working on creating a place for inter-generational community collaboration in a modern twist based off the original WREN Community sharing concept established twenty years ago. Members will be able to work on their businesses and projects while learning new, creative skills through workshops, mentorship, events and a peer learning environment. A non-profit member driven community space in Berlin for makers, artists, tinkerers, producers, entrepreneurs and DIY’ers to inspire, create, and connect.
Medallion Opera House
The Medallion Opera House provides a wide variety of activities from concerts and plays to craft fairs and comedians. The Opera House, located in the upper level of the historic Gorham Town Hall, has undergone extensive renovations over the last few years to return it to its former glory. It is truly a wonderful spot to take in a show.
Bisson’s Sugar House
Bisson’s Sugar House continues a family tradition that dates back to 1921. They are third generation sugarmakers. For many years locals, as well as many from afar, have considered a trip to Bisson’s a rite of spring. They have modernized their sap collection system to be more efficient but at the same time they are small enough to have maintained some old fashion traditions including personal service. They still boil their sap on a wood fired evaporator in the sugar house built by Armand and Juliette Bisson in 1953. During the sugaring season, March and April, they also make maple butter, taffy, and maple candy on a small wood fired evaporator in use since the 1940’s. Visit them in the spring. They enjoy giving tours and explaining the process.
Berlin Local Works Farmers Market
Thursdays afternoons in the summer bring you the Berlin Local Works Farmers Market. The mission of the Local Works Farmers’ Market is to provide local farmers, growers, artisans and crafters a venue where they can come together to offer a variety of high quality, fresh produce and hand crafted products directly to area residents and visitors, in a easily accessible area and comfortable atmosphere that provides a pleasant shopping experience and fosters a sense of community and social awareness.