Historic Sites & Museums BEYOND GREATER PORTLAND BOOTHBAY RAILWAY VILLAGE 586 Wiscasset Rd, Boothbay, ME 04537 207-633-4727 railwayvillage.org Experience a steam train ride, an outstanding collection of over 60 antique automobiles, all in an historic village setting with an exciting events schedule. Open Memorial Day-Oct. BRICK STORE MUSEUM 117 Main St, Kennebunk, ME 04043 207-985-4802 brickstoremuseum.org Discover fascinating history and art in Kennebunk’s historic district with a collection of 70,000+ items. Exhibitions and programs for all ages are offered year-round. Open Tue-Sat. FARNSWORTH ART MUSEUM AND WYETH CENTER 16 Museum St, Rockland, ME 04841 207-596-6457 farnsworthmuseum.org Collection of 10,000+ works tracing the development of art in Maine within the larger context of American art. Campus includes 9 museum galleries, 3 Wyeth Center galleries, adjacent Victorian Homestead. MAINE MARITIME MUSEUM Map 1, I4 243 Washington St, Bath, ME 04530 207-443-1316 mainemaritimemuseum.org Lighthouse cruises, trolley tours, demonstrations, historic shipyard, pirate play ship, hands-on fun, and a beautiful, 20-acre waterfront campus. Coming Summer 2015: Maine’s largest lobstering exhibit. See ad pg. 26 OWLS HEAD TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM Map 1, H5 117 Museum St, Owls Head, ME 04854 207-594-4418 owlshead.org Features an operating collection of antique aircraft, automobiles and more. Special events include car rallies, airplane shows, Model T rides and family activities. Kids under 18 are free. Open daily, year round. See ad pg. 27 POLAND SPRING PRESERVATION PARK 115 Preservation Way, Poland Spring, ME 04274 207-998-4142 polandspring.com Preservation Park houses a dedication to the growth of Poland Spring Natural Spring Water through scientific displays and vintage memorabilia. Open free to the public Columbus Day-Memorial Day. SABBATHDAY LAKE SHAKER VILLAGE Map 2, B11 Rt 26, 707 Shaker Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260 207-926-4597 maineshakers.com Shaker Village has been an active community of Shakers since 1783. Guided tours. Gift shops. Workshops, crafts demonstrations, special events. National Historic Landmark. See ad pg. 26 23
Photo: courtesy Portland Museum of Art
Art ATTACK The pillar of the region's arts community, the PortlandMuseum of Art, is finding new ways to connect audiences with its collection.
Several exciting components of a multi- year process to reinvent the museum were launched this year, with the complete reinstallation of the collection scheduled for 2017. TheWorkshop is a new participatory space in which visitors of all ages can explore creativity and add their voices to the stories told within the museum's walls. Located on the lower ground floor, TheWorkshop offers audiences the opportunity to make meaning from the PMA's collection and special exhibitions through hands-on, interac- tive activities based around play and experimentation. Projects in TheWorkshop will be inspired by the museum's collection and special exhibitions, and will change several times annually. Activities such as collaborative art making and response walls will let both children and adults exercise their creative sides and explore art in fun new ways. The Peggy L. Osher Art Study Room is another new space on the museum's lower ground floor. Designed by Scott Simons Architects, the room itself is a masterpiece, a space for close observa- tion of art with glass windows allowing visitors to view activities
inside the room from the PMA Cafe.
The Art Study Room is designated for several purposes but one that is most exciting to the public is the close exami- nation of objects from the museum's collection that are not currently on dis- play. Individuals can request a private audience with pieces of art for scholarly or aesthetic purposes. It's not a spur of the moment activity (the request pro- cess takes a minimum of three weeks) but, if there are one or more paintings, photographs, or other art objects you would like to view, with some advance preparation, you can incorporate it into your plans to visit Portland. There is certainly no better way to see most museum-quality artistic works than in person at a museum. With over 18,000 works of art, ranging fromAndy Warhol andWinslowHomer to Louise Nevelson and Claude Monet, it would take nearly 10 years of constant gallery rotations to see everything in the PMA—but now you can see it all, no matter where you are; the entire collection has been digitized and is available for exploration online. If you're tantalized by what's on display when you visit, now you can explore more of your favorites from the comfort of your home.