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“Definite must see”

Farnsworth Art Museum
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Ranked #1 of 38 things to do in Rockland
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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 15,000 works in the collection, there is always something new on view at the Farnsworth. The museum has one of the 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.
Reviewed 23 April 2012

The Farnsworth has expanded. The Wyeth Center was not open when we went, but the space it occupies looks awesome, as it is in a converted church. The main museum does a good job of presenting local artists or works by artists who have lived and worked in Maine for many years such as Louise Nevelson and Robert Indiana. They also mix traditional and contemporary work to great effect. We saw an installation of fishing wire that was attached to a circular room's ceiling periphery in a matrix of spirals that caught the light, created shadows and changed as you strode around the room. My 11-year old (sophisticated) niece and I were captivated for quite a while. They pay homage to Wyeth in a variety of ways, as I have been to this museum numerous times and each time, they are showing either works on paper, paintings or some combination thereof. You should also NOT miss the Museum Store. An amazing institution all the way around that supports and participates in its community, and it should be applauded and supported for that alone, in return.

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Reviewed 14 April 2012

We enjoyed the Andrew Wyeth collection & also drove out to the Olsen House both were worthwhile & informative.

Thank Tammy K
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

If you're a Wyeth fan (any of the 3 generations), you have to go to the Farnsworth. Other exhibits worthwhile too. Nice way to spend an hour or two.

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Reviewed 30 March 2012

We have been to this delightful museum several times in the last year and have decided to join, to support it, if nothing else! The weekend of Thanksgiving we took our children and grandchildren and they loved it! The grandchildren especially enjoyed the model train and scenery on view in the converted church behind the museum. Every time we have visited there has been a new special exhibit very well displayed. Last week we took friends from out of town who are very well-travelled, and they enjoyed the museum immensely. They are knowledgeable about art in all of its forms, and they liked the variety offered by the Farnsworth. The husband is a sculptor and he was very impressed! They want to return. One of the highlights of our visits has been the friendly, helpful staff. One young man in particular has been extremely helpful, and he has given us additional information about certain paintings. He does an outstanding job promoting the museum and is one of the many reasons we will continue to visit this gem in Mid-Coast Maine!

Thank Charles B
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

Can fill up a whole day for your first visit, and has a lot of Maine related exhibits, of course. Also sculpture, which you might not expect. Helps you understand how the place influences the creative process - light, weather, geography, etc.

Thank Mary789
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