In addition to our destination’s maritime culture, Boothbay Harbor fosters a deep appreciation for the arts. You’ll find evidence of this as you wander through the town’s various art galleries and museums. One popular attraction ideal for enjoying local art in Boothbay Harbor is the Farnsworth Museum. Located in nearby Rockport, this nationally-recognized museum focuses on American art and is filled with over 15,000 pieces for you to admire. Here is everything you need to know about one of our favorite local museums and what you can expect to see during your visit.
The Farnsworth Museum is just one of the many places in and around Boothbay Harbor to experience local and regional art. Request your free copy of our Vacation Guide right now for a full list of our area’s top museums and art galleries as well as recommendations for local restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and more.
History of the Farnsworth Museum
The Farnsworth Museum all started with one great man, William Farnsworth, and his Rockland store. William became a staple in the local economy through his general store. He had many interests in the economy of the town and eventually became the founder and president of the Rockland Water Company. Lucy, one of his six children, outlived everyone else in her family and managed her father’s sizable estate.
When she died in 1935, she donated most of the estate to establish the William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum. Today, we still benefit from William Farnsworth with this amazing museum. Over 20,000 square feet of museum space is filled with over thousands of admirable masterpieces.
Farnsworth Museum Exhibits and Collections
As a home for American artists, the Farnsworth Museum focuses on our own history and the people who have contributed to shaping it. During your visit, you’ll experience several rotating exhibits and four permanent collections. That way, no matter what time of year you decide to stop by, you’ll always find something new to admire. Be sure to check the Farnsworth Museum website to take a look at their current and upcoming exhibitions.
Farnsworth Museum Collections
Among the museum’s collection of permanent art, you’ll see several forms of beautiful works from the 18th-century to the present. Of course, there is a special emphasis on artists who have lived or worked in Maine! Here are the mediums of art you’ll be able to enjoy along with some of the collection’s most popular pieces.
Farnsworth Museum Store
After browsing through the museum, be sure to stop by the shop to purchase poster and prints of your favorite pieces, art supplies, jewelry, or gifts for your friends and family! Can’t fit anything more into your suitcase? No problem! There is also an online store available so you can shop at your own convenience and have your pieces shipped straight to your home.
Experience the Best of Boothbay Harbor During Your Stay at the Topside Inn
After a wonderful visit to the Farnsworth Museum, head back to Topside Inn and unwind! Our bed and breakfast is just a short drive from the village of Boothbay Harbor and has everything you need for a relaxing getaway. Enjoy comfortable accommodations, top-notch amenities, and beautiful views throughout your stay. We even provide a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning! It’s everything you need for a memorable getaway to Boothbay Harbor that you’ll want to repeat again and again.
Book your next getaway with us soon. We can’t wait to welcome you to our slice of coastal paradise.