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Farnsworth Art Museum

16 Museum St, Rockland, ME 04841
207-596-6457
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Rockland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Historic Sites
Owner description: Celebrating Maine’s Role in American Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Buffalo, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Specializes in Maine artists. The best for me was the chance to see many works of the N.C, Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. Cannot remember another time I have seen three generations of painters from a single family.

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Gray, Maine
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I always like to spend time at the Farnsworth. I usually visit the Wyeth paintings; they are like old friends. This time, the Shaker exhibit was very interesting; another time, I saw the photographs taken by students at local schools. There is much more to this museum than meets the eye (pun intended). I try to come whenever I am... More

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Norwalk
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We were expecting a smal local museum and were delighted with the wonderful collections. The location and grounds are superb.

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Palm Harbor, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Interesting surprise. Much Wyeth (NC, Andrew, and Jamie) on exhibit. Other interesting exhibits as well. My first real exposure to Wyatt and I find I like Andrew’s work. Other exhibits as well.

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Farnsworth in Rockland includes the Olson House in Cushing, probably 10 miles from Rockland. It was the inspiration for Andrew Wyeth's "Christina's World" painting. We have been twice, and have gotten 2 perspectives on the crippled Christina and her brother who lived there. It is a very unusual house museum, the saltwater farmhouse is depicted in the painting. Wyeth... More

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novato, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

If you have any interest in the Wyeth family and their art, this gem of a museum is for you. Visit the annex across the road for more art and a very interesting elevator as large as a room complete with art and benches! Special exhibit of Shaker furniture, and wares was very interesting as well. Our docent was excellent... More

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Harvard, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The museum collection is in two buildings that are interesting and just the proper size. All the artwork and the special exhibits are well lit, detailed, and arranged beautifully. This museum features artwork from the Wyeth family and details much of the family history. A must see in Rockland.

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Bayville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

My biggest reason to go: The Wyeths. Always interesting paintings by one or all of them & their associates. Second reason: The Olsen Farm. If you are an artist or art lover - this is a must-see pilgrimage. Excellent docents. (Our guide this morning was Chris, a really nice young man with a knack for interesting stories and an obvious... More

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Rockland, Maine, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Free for Rockland residents. I visit three or four times a year to see new exhibits and take an hour to look at the permanent collection.

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Meriden, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I went specifically to see the Shaker Collection that they were featuring and I wasn't disappointed with that. Quite interesting. As for the art...some of it was lost on me, but the museum is quite lovely.

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