Sometimes you really do have to see it to believe it. That's the case with the Bryant Stove and Music Museum in Thorndike, a labor of love collected, created, repaired, and assembled by Joe and Bea Bryant. With the flip of a switch, the Doll Circus comes to life. Airplanes fly, a Ferris wheel turns, stuffed animals swing, and Barbie dolls are in motion. No matter which you way look, dolls and stuffed animals are positioned in creative scenes that twirl, move, or parade. It's a jaw- dropping marriage of lights and music and movement. And that's just the first room. In other rooms are working steam and electric engines, all manner of antique musical instruments, antique stoves, even antique automobiles. 27 Stovepipe Alley, 207- 568-3665, bryantstove.com. $4.
(Text: Hilary Nangle; Photo: Handout)