Exceptional collections from A to Z abound in the museums of the Midcoast.
Truly these are treasuries of history with a wealth of artifacts, art works,
collectibles and maritime heritage. You can easily spend a day at each of
these first class museums. Pick your favorite to start…then come back for
MAINE’S MARITIME HISTORY
TWO GREAT MUSEUMS IN
Maine Maritime Museum – Bath , ME
If you love history, especially maritime history, you will want to stop on
the way to Camden to enjoy one of the top maritime museums in the country.
Experience Maine ’s rich seafaring history on the banks of the Kennebec
River at Maine Maritime Museum . Now housed in several buildings, right on
the river, you’ll see Maine ’s maritime history unfold in front of you.
Lobstering, shipbuilding and sea trade. Learn about dangerous voyages to
distant lands. See how a shipbuilder’s family lived in the 1890’s.
Experience the romance of the sea. Our guests just rave about this great
Penobscot Maritime Museum – Searsport , ME
Just about 45 minutes north of Camden is another great maritime experience.
This 19th century seafaring village spans eight historic buildings in the
heart of Searsport. There are 25 galleries within the museum with ship
models, China Trade artifacts, paintings and small craft. Planned for 2009
is a major exhibit on Maine fisheries. This authentic village is another
stop for those who love learning about early shipbuilding and trade routes
along the coast of Maine.
OWLS HEAD TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM - Owls Head, Maine
What a surprise to most guests when they discover this great museum tucked
away in midcoast Maine . Home to an incredible operating collection of
antique aircraft…including the Red Baron…, antique automobiles, bicycles,
carriages and motorcycles. All under one roof, it’s a day spent in
yesteryear. Throughout the year the museum hosts a full calendar of special
events that include vintage car rallies, antique aeroplane shows, Model T
rides and demonstrations and biplane rides. There’s even an auction where
you are sure to find your 50’s or 60’s model dream car…fully restored! Open
daily year round.
CENTER FOR MAINE CONTEMPORARY ART - Rockport, Maine
Since 1952, Rockport Maine has been home to the contemporary art forms.
Originally called Maine Coast Artists, their mission evolved over 50 years
to become what is now the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA). As Maine
’s leading nonprofit institution dedicated to advancing contemporary art
through exhibitions and educational programs, the CMCA is unique in New
England . It exhibits work annually by over 300 living artists. Workshops
and educational programs are held throughout the year. More than 14,000
visitors step through its doors each year.
FARNSWORTH ART MUSEUM - Rockland, Maine
Our flagship museum in midcoast Maine . Over 1 million people are drawn to
the Farnsworth each year to experience our American heritage in art.
Spanning over 400 years of American art, with four generations of Wyeths at
its center, the Farnsworth is not to be missed while you are vacationing in
Maine . This national and state treasure houses over 9,000 objects and is
widely recognized as the only museum in America that tells the story of
Maine ’s role in the history of American art. There is a 3 acre campus in
downtown Rockland , plus the Olson House in nearby Cushing, made famous by
Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World paintings.
MAINE LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM – Rockland , Maine
With over 60 lighthouses dotting the coast of Maine , it stands to reason
there be a Lighthouse Museum . We’ve got the best! Open in it’s new home
along the Rockland waterfront, the museum houses a world-class collection of
first and second order Fresnel lighthouse lenses in America . Most were
broken as the lighthouses were decommissioned and automated in the mid
1900’s. The museum also houses an important collection of lighthouse
artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia in the country.
Ask for a personal tour with “senior” volunteer Ted Panayatoff. He has been
a steward of our lighthouses for many years and played a key role in
preserving the Rockland Breakwater Light and development of the museum. And,
this retired member of the Coast Guard and our good friend, was previously
the owner of The Elms B&B, now part of the Inns At Blackberry Common.
Ask your innkeepers for tickets and about special events at these and other
museums. We are happy to help!