The Maine Art Museum Trail connects 8 of Maine’s best art museums in a scenic driving tour. The 200 mile-long trail runs from from Ogunquit to Bangor, includes 3 of Maine’s top colleges, and features some 73,000 works of art.
Maine is famous for its inspirational scenery and the art it has inspired. Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Fitz Hugh Lane, and a great many others were all inspired to create here. Art colonies have flourished (and continue to flourish) here, including such notable examples as Monhegan Island and Perkins Cove in Ogunquit.
Art museums, too, dot the Maine landscape. Now you can easily plan a trip around visiting the best by following the Maine Art Museum Trail!
The Maine Art Museum Trail –
The Bates College Museum of Art – www.bates.edu/museum/
Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St, Lewiston
Bates College Museum of Art exhibits works by artists of regional, national, or international significance with connections to Maine. The museum’s permanent collection contains more than 5,000 works. Modern and contemporary drawings, prints, photographs, contemporary Chinese art, pre-Columbian art, and African objects, and more.
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art – www.bowdoin.edu/art-museum/
Walker Art Building, 9400 College Station, Brunswick
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is one of the oldest college art museums in the country. Started in 1811, the museum’s collection have grown now includes more than 20,000 works of art from all eras and around the world.
The Colby College Museum of Art – www.colby.edu/museum/
5600 Mayflower Hill, Waterville
The Colby College Museum of Art is one of the best academic museums in the U.S, with a collection of American art that spans from the early 18th century to today. The collection includes works by Mary Cassatt, Maya Lin, Richard Serra, Alex Katz, and James McNeill Whistler. Be sure to check out the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion’s stunning glass gallery.
The Farnsworth Art Museum – www.farnsworthmuseum.org
16 Museum St, Rockland
The Farnsworth Art Museum is primarily known for its Wyeth Center, which houses an extensive collection of works by three generations of the Wyeth family. The museum also holds the nation’s second-largest collection of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson. This Maine art lovers must contains more than 15,000 pieces in its 20,000 square-foot of gallery.
The Monhegan Museum of Art & History – monheganmuseum.org
1 Lighthouse Hill, Monhegan
Monhegan Island’s famous artist community has produced an untold number of artworks and served as home to a diverse group of artists. George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, Edward Redfield, Lynne Drexler, Edward Hopper, Eric Hudson, Andrew Wyeth, Alice Stoddard, and many others. The Monhegan Museum of Art & History collection reflects this history with 1,300 pieces spanning two centuries.
The Ogunquit Museum of American Art – ogunquitmuseum.org
543 Shore Rd, Ogunquit
The Ogunquit Museum of American Art’s spectacular coastal location overlooks Narrow Cove lagoon. The museum houses an extensive collection from Ogunquit’s early 20th-century art colony, as well as others. Peggy Bacon, Jack Levine, Rockwell Kent, Will Barnet, Walt Kuhn, Marsden Hartley, and Charles Woodbury, and more.
The Portland Museum of Art – www.portlandmuseum.org
Seven Congress Square, Portland
The Portland Museum of Art features an impressive collection of American, European, and contemporary art. The museum is famous for its expansive Winslow Homer collection as well as an extensive collection of impressionist and post impressionist works. The building, designed by famed Chinese American architect, IM Pei, is world-famous, too!
The University of Maine Museum of Art – umma.umaine.edu
Norembega Hall, 40 Harlow St, Bangor
The University of Maine Museum of Art exhibits modern and contemporary art via a stable of world-renowned artists. Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, Joan Miró, Winslow Homer, and Andrew Wyeth are all here, to name but a few.
You can travel the Maine Art Museum Trail in bits and pieces or all in one go. Luckily there are no rules and even traveling to just one along Maine’s scenic coastline is a rewarding experience. Maine’s small seaside towns are peppered with museums and art galleries, not to mention shops, restaurants, scenic views and much more. Get out and explore the Maine Art Museum Trail and see for yourself!
Maine Art Museum Trail Lodging
Captain Jefferds Inn is located in Kennebunkport, ME. This puts you within an hour’s drive or less of Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, and The Portland Museum of Art. Even the most distant museum on the trail, the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor, is less than two and a half hour’s drive away – a lovely day trip! The convenient location of our Kennebunkport B&B makes us your perfect homebase for any and all Maine explorations. Book your stay at Captain Jefferds Inn today!