Our one–acre campus, which is open year round, is situated in downtown Portland, across from Monument Square. The Maine Historical Society strives to serve the entire state through its education and outreach programs and through the digital museum, Maine Memory Network. MHS is comprised of the Wadsworth–Longfellow House, the childhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow, Longfellow Garden, the Maine Historical Society Museum who’s original and provocative exhibitions feature art, artifacts and documents that vividly bring Maine history to life, the online digital archive of Maine Memory Network, and the Brown Research Library, the state’s most comprehensive resource for the study of Maine and New England history.
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is one of Maine's oldest museums, and one of the earliest collegiate art collections in the nation. Founded in 1811 through a bequest of James Bowdoin III, it presents world-class exhibitions year-round, in addition to displaying its own renowned collection. The Museum of Art is free and open to the public, and encourages visitors to browse, get curious, ask questions, or even just settle into a quiet place to study.
Celebrating Maine’s Role in American Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 10,000 works in the collection, there is always something new on view at the Farnsworth. The museum has one of the nation’s largest collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson. Its Wyeth Center features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth. The Farnsworth’s library is also housed in its Rockland, ME, campus. Two historic buildings, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House, and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex.
With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art is the cultural heart of Portland, Maine. The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine—highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special events, family activities, and community conversations to PMA Films, curator talks, and tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.
The Linda G. and Donald N. Zillman Art Museum– University of Maine is a cultural resource of the state and the University of Maine, promotes an understanding of, and engagement with, visual art through its diverse contemporary exhibitions, permanent collection focusing on works of art since 1945, and educational programming.