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“The Fantastic Farnsworth” 5 of 5 stars
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Farnsworth Art Museum
16 Museum St, Rockland, ME 04841
207-596-6457
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Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Rockland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Saint Louis, Missouri
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“The Fantastic Farnsworth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

What a treasure The Farnsworth Museum is! To think one woman established the means to create such a beautiful collection of American art in such an engaging space, is inspiring. Around every corner, and in every building you will be delighted. After perusing the main building, wander through the outdoor art garden, past the Farnsworth home (which is now available for tours after an extensive renovation) and don't miss the Wyeth Center. Very helpful staff, too. Fantastic experience, wonderful collection in a fabulous setting. Best attraction in Rockland.

Visited September 2013
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“Better and better!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Have been visiting the Farnsworth every year for eight years to soak in the magic of Wyeth and others represented, and have also been to the Brandywine Museum. The depth and breath of the exhibits of Wyeth, especially, continues to amaze. In addition to Andrew and Jamie in the main museum, there was a great exhibit of NC Wyeth works in the adjacent Wyeth Center. The staff was helpful and well informed. Can't wait till next year.

Visited October 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“"Her Room" was really valuable, esp. for artists”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Small museum, not an extensive collection (did not see any Jamie Wyeth on exhibit while I was there). However, "Her Room" showed a painting acquired by the Farnsworth early on, as well as a group of preparatory sketches by Andrew Wyeth. Definitely interesting to see the artist process and the final picture! Staff - who may be volunteers - were not helpful. One person on the main desk seemed to dislike my interrupting her conversation with a question, and a second person working in the museum also could not answer my question (or know who could) about the AW book published by Houghton Mifflin). I mean that they did not attempt to be helpful.

Visited September 2013
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“Jewel of a museum with fantastic Wyethe collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

charming... manageable. Well curated. Diverse displays. Wyeth exhibit our favorite, although we enjoyed the others.

Wyeth center across the street had N.C. Wyeth's illustration art. Andrew Wyeth in the main museum with a few Jamie Wyethe paintings. Lovely garden. Unexpected pleasure in small rockland.

Visited October 2013
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“A fantastic treat and worth repeating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Awesome collection of Wyeth paintings and sketches. Should be on the list of every one visiting Rockland.

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