The charming New England State of Maine is known for its long rugged coastline, great outdoor spaces, rocky islands, fresh seafood and of course its world class museums. Maine is home to some of the finest museums in the whole of United States of America. Farnsworth Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art and Penobscot Marine Museum are some of the best, most visited museums in Maine. Read on to discover more about the best museums in Maine.
Here Are 7 Best Art Museums In Maine:
Farnsworth Art Museum
Internationally acclaimed Farnsworth Art Museum in Maine is home to priceless artwork, which was created by some of America’s greatest artists who lived in the 18th and 19th century. Celebrated artists whose works are displayed in Farnsworth Art Museum include Fitz Henry Lane, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam and Gilbert Stuart (to name a few artists). Nearly 15,000 works of art are spread across numerous elegantly appointed art galleries. This enormous twenty thousand square foot gallery has the unique distinction of displaying the single largest collection of paintings by the eminent Wyeth family. Renowned sculptor Louise Nevelson’s sculptures are also exhibited in this beautiful art gallery. Visitors have to pay a nominal fee to gain entry to Farnsworth Art Museum which is open Tuesday to Sunday.
Ogunquit Museum of American Art
Ogunquit Museum of American is a relatively small art gallery. This quaint art gallery which sits on three acres of land on Shore Road, Ogunquit, was opened in 1953 by successful painter Henry Strater. This unremarkable, low slung, ocean front building displays a medley of exceptional paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints and drawings. The Ogunquit museum also has the distinction of being the sole museum in Maine which is exclusively dedicated to American art. Some renowned artists whose works are displayed in this museum include Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent and Childe Hassam (to name a few artists). This museum which charges a nominal entry fee, is open to the general public all seven days of the week.
Portland Museum of Art
The Portland Museum of Art’s singular aim is to enrich the lives of people who visit this exceptional museum through a remarkable interpretation of visual arts. This museum displays art work by nationally and internationally renowned artists. Portland Musuem of Art also houses a whopping 17,000 pieces of fine arts and decorative arts. The inception of Portland Museum of Art which was originally referred to as Portland Society of Art can be traced to the late 1800’s (1882 to be exact). The works of eminent artists like Winslow Homer, Louise Nevelson and Andrew Wyeth (among others) are displayed in the three architecturally significant buildings of this museum. The general public has to pay a small fee to gain entry to this museum.
Maine Maritime Museum
Up until 1975, the Maine Maritime Museum which was started in 1962 by seven enterprising residents of Bath, Maine, was called the Bath Marine Museum. The quirky collection which is housed in this museum is a treat for people of all age groups. Situated on the banks of the scenic Kennebec River, Maine Maritime Museum houses numerous maritime objects, which include captain’s chests, sextants and spyglasses along with priceless documents, artworks and artifacts. An outstanding feature of Maine Maritime Museum is the life size representation of Wyoming, the largest schooner which was built in the United States of America. This museum is open all seven days of the week.
Peary MacMillan Arctic Museums
The Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum which is named after two famous arctic explorers, Robert E. Peary and Donald B. Macmillan, is completely dedicated to educating the general public about the unique Arctic Circle region. This museum is located on the main floor of Hubbard Hall on the famous Bowdoin College Campus. The Peary Macmillan Arctic Museum displays interesting memorabilia like beautiful black and white photographs, natural history specimens, exquisite Inuit art and rare archival papers from Robert Peary and Donald Macmillan’s numerous arctic expeditions. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday.
Penobscot Marine Museum
Penobscot Marine Museum which has the unique distinction of being the first and oldest marine museum in Maine is located in Searsport area. This museum, which tries to depict the daily life of a nineteenth century seafaring village, comprises of nearly 13 historic and modern buildings. Some permanent exhibits at the Penobscot Marine Museum include ship / boat models, marine art, regional watercraft, navigational instruments, shipbuilding artifacts and industrial artifacts (to name a few items). This museum also houses a large collection of exquisite black and white photographs.
Colby College Museum of Art
On the extensive campus of Colby College which is located in Waterville, Maine sits the eponymously named Colby College Museum of Art. The Colby College Museum of Art was established in 1959. The Colby College Museum of Art happens to be the largest museum in Maine has a permanent collection of nearly six thousand works of art. Some prized art collection at the Colby College Museum of Art includes artwork by Richard Serra, Terry Winters and John Marin. The recently renovated museum is now a major draw for art buff both nationally and internationally. The museum is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday.