Rockland, Maine: So Much Culture for Such a Little Town

With the Bay Chamber Concert series, the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth
Center , and the Historic Inns of Rockland, those who love the finer things in
life are covered when they visit Rockland, Maine.

Local museums include Maine ’s Lighthouse Museum sporting the largest
collection of lighthouse lenses and equipment, the Owl’s Head Transportation
Museum with a fabulous collection of early cars and planes on display, and
Fawcett’s Antique Toy and Art Museum, among many others covering every
area of interest.

All in all, there are eleven fine museums and art centers within a half hour of
Rockland, Maine. Add to that a host of fabulous art galleries, many within
walking distance of these inns, and it’s clear that a getaway to Rockland will
give those in search of sophisticated art and musical enjoyment the ideal

Among the most renowned art museums in New England,
The Farnsworth Art
offers a nationally recognized collection of American art in its
elegantly appointed galleries. Such great names in 18 th and 19th-century
American art history as Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, Thomas Eakins, Eastman
Johnson, Fitz Hugh Lane , Frank Benson, Childe Hassam, and Maurice
Prendergast are represented in the museum's permanent collection entitled
Maine in America. The museum also houses the nation's second-largest
collection of works by premier 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson and has
opened four new galleries to showcase contemporary art. Its Wyeth Center
exclusively features works of Andrew , N.C. and Jamie Wyeth, America 's first
family of art.

But for the person that does not live by art alone, there are plenty of museums
for every interest area. Those seeking to explore the history of everything from
transportation to toys will find it in the highest quality museums – eleven in
all – in the Rockland area. In addition, there are plenty of historic sights, from
lighthouses to grand mansions and restored homesteads, for touring. Then, at
the end of the day, unwind with fabulous chamber music concerts presented
by Bay Chamber Concerts, or savor dinner at one of Rockland ’s many eclectic
fine restaurants.

For reference, here is a list of all the museums within easy driving distance of
from Rockland, Maine :

Farnsworth Art Museum & Wyeth Center
P.O. Box 466 , 16 Museum Street
Rockland ME 04841

Friends of Montpelier-General Henry Knox Museum
P.O. Box 326
Thomaston ME 04861

Waldoborough Historical Society Museum
Route 220 South, Main St.
Waldoboro ME 04572

Center for Maine Contemporary Art
P.O. Box 147 , 162 Russell Avenue
Rockport ME 04856

Fawcett's Antique Toy and Art Museum
P.O. Box 1156
Waldoboro ME 04572
207-832-7398 before 8 pm

Friendship Museum Inc .
P.O. Box 226
Friendship ME 04547

Lincoln Street Center for Arts & Education
24 Lincoln Street, P.O. Box 1631
Rockland ME 04841

Maine Lighthouse Museum, Inc .
OPENING IN SUMMER 2005, 1 Park Drive, P.O. Box F
Rockland ME 04841

Maine's Lighthouse Museum
104 Limerock Street
Rockland ME 04841

Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage
Union Fairgrounds
Union ME 04862
Send an email requests for bookings.

Owls Head Transportation Museum
Route 73, P.O. Box 277
Owls Head ME 04854

Penobscot Marine Museum
P.O. Box 498, Church Street at Route 1
Searsport ME 04974-0498

For information on the renowned Bay Area Concert Series, contact:

Bay Chamber Concerts, Inc.
Rockport Opera House, P.O. Box 228, 10 Summer Street
Rockport ME 04856
207-236-2823, 888-707-2770 (toll-free)

For elegant places to stay while in Rockland, Maine, most walking distance
into town, visit:
Historic Inns of Rockland

For information on Rockland's annual Pies on Parade Tour click here.
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