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Midcoast Maine galleries, shops and museums feature the incredible talent of local and visiting artists and their unique intereptation of Maine’s natural beauty. At the same time, through their work, artists are often able to demonstrate their appreciation of Maine’s rustic charm. We have collected a list of museums, art venues and galleries you may choose to visit while staying at the Country Inn at Camden/Rockport.

Museums

Boothbay Railway Village
Route 27, P.O. Box 123
Boothbay, ME 04537
Ph:( 207)-633-4727
This is the museum to go to if you are looking to take a train ride or check out antique autos. A non-profit organization operates this narrow gauge coal fired steam train in a re-created historic village.

Farnsworth Art Museum
352 Main Street, Box 466
Rockland, ME 04841
Ph:(207)-596-6457
The Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of American art. Seven gallaries contain an extensive collection of 18th – 20th Century art including N.C. Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth; Lousie Nevelson; Winslow Homer; Willard Metcalf and Fitz Hugh Lane.  Admission is charged.

Maine Maritime Museum
243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530
Ph: (207)-443-1316
Maine Maritime Museum collects, preserves and interprets materials relating to the maritime history of Maine.Here you will find gallery exhibits, an historic shipyard, educational programs and a narrated boat cruise. Admission is charged.

Owls Head Transportaion Museum
P.O. Box 277
Owls Head, Maine 04854
Ph: (207)-594-4418
This museum displays planes, cars, and engines. Some planes and vehicles are operated on the weekends. Admission is charged.

Lincoln County Museum and Old Jail
133 Federal Street
Wiscasset, Maine 04578
Ph: 207-882-6817

The Lincoln County Museum is home to the Lincoln County Historical Association, and features changing annual exhibitions. The 1811 Jail (and Maine State Penitentiary from 1820-1824) includes tours of the cells. Visitors can see graffiti left by 19th century French or British sailors imprisoned here as well as original locks, keys, shackles and the jailer’s log from 1800-1954.

Thompson Ice House
Rt. 129
South Bristol, Maine 04568
Ph: 207-644-8551
The Thompson Ice House is believed to be the only commercial ice house on the register to have stored naturally frozen ice harvested in the traditional way from a nearby pond.

Maine Lighthouse Museum
1 Park Drive
Rockland ME 04841
Ph: (207)-594-3301
The mission of the Maine Lighthouse Museum is to educate the public regarding the long standing traditions, heroism and progress of America’s Lighthouse and Lifesaving services and the United States Coast Guard through the conservation and interpretation of the nation’s most significant collection of lighthouse and lifesaving artifacts. The Maine Lighthouse Museum is located in Rockland, Maine, the heart of the Midcoast. From sparkling lenses to heartwarming stories of the keepers and their families, the Maine Lighthouse Museum is truly America’s lighthouse museum.

Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum
Sheepscot Station
Alna, ME 04535-0242
Ph: (207)-882-4193
This museum is part of a restored section of a historic railway. There are train rides, photographs, railroad artifacts, and a museum shop.

Musical Wonderhouse Museum
18 High Street / PO Box 604
Wiscasset, Maine 04578, USA
Ph: (207) 882-7163
This is one of America’s most unique museums, the internationally famous Musical Wonder House, is “the showplace for mechanical musical instruments.” The museum features restored musical boxes and player pianos. Musical instruments are shown and played in rooms furnished with antiques of the period. Visitors experience the sights and sounds of the Victorian era. An 1852 sea captains’ mansion, complete with its impressive flying staircase is the backdrop for this outstanding musical collection.

The Arts

Center for Maine Contemporary Art
162 Russell Ave./ P.O. Box 147
Rockport, Maine 04856
Ph: 207-236-2875
This museum has been the heart of contemporary Maine art for over fifty years, providing people the opportunity to view and appreciate work by Maine’s most talented artists.

Lincoln Street Center For Arts and Education

24 Lincoln Street
Rockland, ME 04841-2940
(207) 594-6490
The Lincoln Street Center provides the arts for everyone. They offer affordable classes, wide-ranging exhibitions, studio space to working artists and special art-related events and performances. It is a supportive environment where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can study, create, and present all forms of art. Through educational programs, opportunity outreach and exhibitions, Lincoln Street Center brings people together and enhances community life.

Maine Media Workshops
70 Camden Street
ME 04856-5952
(207) 236-8581
An internationally renowned school for photography, film & video, and multimedia, MMW offers week-long courses and intensive educational programs to students of all ages.

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship
25 Mill Street
ME 04856-4842
(207) 594-5611
A year-round woodworking school focusing on furniture-making, carving, marquetry, and more.

Bay Chamber Concerts
8 Central Street
ME 04856
(207) 236-2823
Offers classical, jazz, world music and dance presentations. Summer Festivals in July and August have concerts at the Rockport Opera House.

Camden Opera House
29 Elm St.
P.O. Box 1207
Camden, ME. 04843
(207) 236-7963
Exquisitely renovated and air-conditioned, is open year round, featuring dynamic theater, music, opera and dance. It is home to the Camden Civic Theatre, with a full calendar of comedy, musical and dramatic productions.

Strand Theater
345 Main St, Rockland, ME
(207) 594-0070
Located in Rockland is a beautifully restored classic movie house and performing arts center, open year round and offers a regular schedule of film, concerts and special events.

Chocolate Church Arts Center
804 Washington Street
Bath, Maine 04530-2617
(207) 442-8455
For more than 32 years the Chocolate Church Arts Center has been a cultural resource for residents of Sagadahoc and surrounding counties of Androscoggin, Knox, Lincoln, Cumberland and Kennebec. The center piece facility is the former Central Congregational Church an 1847 Gothic revival structure designed by noted architect Arthur Gilman.

In addition to visiting art galleries, you can view the work of many artists and artisans at various events throughout the year. In July and October, you can enjoy the Harbor Arts Festival in Camden where booths and tents feature more than 100 exhibitors. July also brings the Home and Garden Tour where you can enjoy the beautifully landscaped gardens in an around Camden. In September the Country Roads Artists & Artisans Tour leads you to more than 20 open studios in the Midcoast. The Country Inn at Camden/Rockport staff hope you have a chance to experience Midcoast Maine and all the wonderful culture our area has to offer.