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“Very nice museum”

Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Brunswick
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Bowdoin College's art museum houses some of the oldest works of art in America.
Reviewed July 2, 2013

Bowdoin College is one of the top-rated colleges in America and this museum is very nice. It is free and open to the public and would make a nice visit for people interested in paintings. I have tried over the years to appreciate such things but they have no real interest for me. The college and museum are really offering a treasure to the community but this kind of thing just has little appeal to me and probably most people. Thanks for the opportunity.

Thank Jonnie S
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Excellent and varied collection in a beautiful building on a gorgeous campus in an charming town. Even the restrooms were pretty. I’m surprised they haven’t gotten models for guards – they haven’t, but that’s OK : ) ‘Free’ doesn’t get much better than this.

Thank KCDave_11
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

This museum is a jewel on Maine's mid-coast. There is plenty of free parking. An elevator carries visitors down to a small gift shop, the security desk, and restrooms. Signs encourage visitors to donate to cause. As befits a liberal arts college of Bowdoin's highly selective stature, the museum curator's discernment and its benefactors' generosity are everywhere evident. On this visit, the first floor had a large display of prints spanning several centuries. They were organized alphabetically by theme. A collection of Japanese prints provided a glimpse into its pictorial traditions and its insular folklore. On the second floor were several Sumerian architectural fragments, diverse Greek antiquities, and a melange of paintings in the European tradition. This is a great place for adults to escape on a cold winter day, not so much one for families with easily bored young children.

Thank mainemountainbear
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

This well-endowed (thanks to the generosity of some serious art collector alumni) art museum on the Bowdoin campus is a favorite of ours as part of a weekend away (stay at the Inn at Brunswick Station across the street from the campus). The very well curated special exhibits showcase a particular aspect of the museum's rather large collection and make each visit a fresh experience. There are usually a number of these exhibits at one time -- each is very well documented making for a very enjoyable learning experience. The museum is free and Thursday evening is a great time to go -- it's open late and there isn't much to do in Brunswick in the evening. Also go see the Peary–MacMillan Arctic Museum also on this campus.

Thank DottieNH
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

when ever we have family or friends visit us, we always take them to see what ever is to be seen at the museum, what a gem!

Thank Marie A
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