With a Summer Maine vacation home or cottage, you get unmatched, pet-friendly accommodations in one of the scenically and culturally richest corners of New England: Maine’s Midcoast. Among an array of other attractions, our area lays claim to quite the lineup of museums: outstanding local institutions focused on everything from contemporary art to Maine’s historic lighthouses.
Let’s take a freewheeling survey of some of the finest museums in the Pine Tree State, right here in the Midcoast!
Farnsworth Art Museum (16 Museum St., Rockland, ME)
Opened in 1948, the Farnsworth Art Museum houses a fantastic collection of American art from the 18th century to the present day, with a significant share claiming Maine connections. Works by Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Prendergast, and N.C., Andrew, and James Wyeth are among the 15,000-odd permanent holdings.
Center for Maine Contemporary Art (21 Winter St., Rockland, ME)
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art makes the perfect complement to the Farnsworth just a stone’s throw away with its focus on contemporary regional artists and art outreach. The distinctive building that the CMCA calls home—the creation of architect Toshiro Mori—is itself a work of art.
The Coastal Children’s Museum (75 Mechanic St., Rockland, ME)
At the Coastal Children’s Museum—a cultural mainstay of our area in one form or another since 1985—kids and families get a delightful hands-on introduction to science, art, and the natural ecosystems of the Midcoast through exhibits such as the Under the Sea Habitats, the Gulf of Maine Touch Tank, the Arty Party Space, Tubes & Tracks, the Sea Star Stage & Puppet Theater, and the General Store.
The Maine Lighthouse Museum (1 Park Dr., Rockland, ME)
U.S. Coast Guard officer Ken Black, aka “Mr. Lighthouse,” established the Maine Lighthouse Museum, which boasts the most extensive collection of artifacts pertaining to lighthouses, lifesaving services, and the Coast Guard in the country. The exhibits offer a truly special look at our region and state’s defining maritime heritage.
The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum (9500 College Station, Brunswick, ME)
Located in Bowdoin College’s Hubbard Hall, the Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum is a nationally known repository of records and artifacts related to Arctic exploration and culture. It’s named for two of the all-time great Arctic adventurers, Robert E. Peary and Donald B. MacMillan—both Bowdoin College grads (1877 and 1898, respectively). The heart of the collection was donated by MacMillan and his wife, Miriam, when the museum opened in 1967. Among the 41,000-plus artifacts, photographs, and films composing the museum’s holdings you’ll find Peary’s Hubbard Sledge and some extraordinary indigenous Arctic artwork of the Inuit, Yu’pik, and Iñupiat peoples.
Take Advantage of Midcoast Museums on Your Summer Maine Getaway This Year
Come join us along the wondrous Midcoast in 2019 with a Summer Maine vacation home or charming cottage and spare some time for the top-class museums in our neck of the woods!