You’ve heard of wine trails, cheese trails, brewery trails and – of course – hiking trails but how about an art museum trail? The Maine Art Museum Trail is 8 art museums, within 200 miles of each other, and containing over 73,000 works of art.
Maine and art are a natural fit, our beautiful state having inspired and played home to generations of artists: Frederic Edwin Church, Edward Hopper, George Bellows, Georgia O’Keeffe, Fitz Hugh Lane, Winslow Homer, and three generations of the Wyeth family. Thus it should come as no surprise that Maine plays host to a number of fine art museums.
The Maine Art Museum Trail details eight of the state’s leading art museums, all within a day’s scenic drive of each other, if not closer, from Bangor to Ogunquit. All contain works in their collections by Maine artists as well as those who simply summered here, along with works by masters like Renoir, Degas, and Picasso.
The Maine Art Museum Trail
The University of Maine Museum of Art
Norembega Hall, 40 Harlow St, Bangor
The University of Maine Museum of Art exhibits modern and contemporary art by such artists as David Hockney, Winslow Homer, Susan Rothenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miró, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Andrew Wyeth.
The Colby College Museum of Art
5600 Mayflower Hill, Waterville
The Colby College Museum of Art’s collection of American art spans the early 18th century through to today with important works by Mary Cassatt, Maya Lin, Richard Serra, Marsden Hartley, James McNeill Whistler, and many others. One of the best academic museums in the country, the Colby College Museum also serves as a cultural resource through its exhibits and educational programs.
The Farnsworth Art Museum
16 Museum St, Rockland
The Farnsworth Art Museum houses more than 15,000 pieces in its 20,000 square-foot of gallery, including one of the largest collections of Louise Nevelson’s sculptures in the country, as well as the works of Andrew, N.C., and Jamie Wyeth in their Wyeth Center.
The Monhegan Museum of Art & History
1 Lighthouse Hill, Monhegan
Focusing on the art of Monhegan Island, the Monhegan Museum of Art & History contains more than 1300 pieces by artists and spanning over 150 years, including such diverse artists as George Bellows, Edward Redfield, Aaron Draper Shattuck, Lynne Drexler, Edward Hopper, Alfred Bricher, Eric Hudson, and Alice Stoddard.
The Bates College Museum of Art
Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St, Lewiston
With a permanent collection of more than 5,000 objects, the Bates College Museum of Art exhibits works by artists of regional, national, or international significance with connections to Maine, including modern and contemporary drawings, prints, and photographs, contemporary Chinese art, pre-Columbian and African objects, and more.
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Walker Art Building, 9400 College Station, Brunswick
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is one of the finest – and oldest! – college art museums in the United States. Started by a bequest from the College’s founder in 1811, the museum’s collections have grown over the centuries to include more than 20,000 works of art spanning both time and geography.
The Portland Museum of Art
Seven Congress Square, Portland
The Portland Museum of Art’s collection of significant American, European, and contemporary art – including works from Maine artists – along with it’s unparalleled programs have made it the cultural heart of the city. Not to be missed.
The Ogunquit Museum of American Art
543 Shore Rd, Ogunquit
Surrounded by sculpture gardens in the beautiful lagoon of Narrow Cove, The Ogunquit Museum of American Art’s diverse collection includes an extensive collection of works by artists associated with Ogunquit’s noted early 20th-century art colony as well as others: Jack Levine, Will Barnet, Walt Kuhn, Marsden Hartley, and Charles Woodbury.
Maine Art Museum Trail Lodging
Inn at English Meadows is located in the scenic and comfortable Kennebunks, within an hour’s drive – or far less! – of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, The Portland Museum of Art, and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Even the most remote museum on the trail from us – the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor – is less than two and a half hour’s drive away. Kennebunk and Kennebunkport have some fine art galleries of their own, along with shopping, dining, recreation, and much more. Make Inn at English Meadows your basecamp for your Maine vacation. Our tasteful combination of modern and classic amenities combined with our personal touches will make you very happy you did. See you soon!