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Bangor is a lovely city located in the state of Maine, and it is the county seat of Penobscot County, at the same time. Moreover, Bangor is the main town of the Maine Metropolitan Area, serving as its major commercial and cultural center as well. No wonder, thus, that Bangor is also named 'The Queen City of the East'. According to the 2010 census, there are nearly 35.500 people living in Bangor, but the population in the Bangor Maine Metropolitan Area has reached 154.000 residents.
Bangor has been inhabited by the Penobscot people for a very long time, when Esteban Gomez stepped foot on this land in 1524, becoming the first European visitor of Bangor. Then, Bangor became a British-American settlement in 1769, and the city developed hugely ever since. Now, Bangor provides a wide range of activities, so the tourism industry is starting to blossom.
Top Attractions within Bangor
The Bangor Public Library is a wonderful facility serving the Bangor Maine area. The library was founded in 1830. The original collection comprised 20.000 books, but now the library praises with more than 520.000 items, which serve both residents and tourists. Those who enjoy reading will thus love the endless possibilities offered by this library.
University of Maine Museum of Art is, as the name suggests, a part of the University of Maine. The museum was founded in 1946, by the then professor of art. Since then, the museum became one of the most important cultural institutions in Bangor, praising with more than 3.500 impressive works of art, especially from the mid-20th century.
Penobscot Theatre Company was founded in 1963. Later on, the company acquired the Bangor Opera House as well, becoming thus one of the largest theaters in the region. The theater also has educational purposes, allowing all the willing students from the state to study and start their acting career here.
The 'Continuity of Community' Sculpture was designed in 1969, by the Castine sculptor Clark Battle Fitz-Gerald. The sculpture is made of aluminum and it is an abstract one, which visitors may admire in the West Market square.