Rockland, for all its rough edges, has long and historic ties to the arts. Noted sculptor Louise Nevelson grew up in Rockland, and in 1935 philanthropist Lucy Farnsworth bequeathed a fortune to establish the Farnsworth Art Museum, which has since become one of the most respected little art museums in New England. Located right downtown, the Farnsworth has a superb collection of paintings and sculptures by renowned American artists with connections to Maine -- not only Nevelson, but also three generations of Wyeths (N. C., Andrew, and Jamie), plus Rockwell Kent, Childe Hassam, and Maurice Prendergast. The exhibit halls are modern, spacious, and well designed, and shows are professionally prepared. Equally interesting is the museum-owned Olson House, a 25-minute drive away, in the village of Cushing; it's perhaps Maine's most well-known home, immortalized in Andrew Wyeth's famous painting Christina's World.
356 Main Street, USA
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours June–Oct daily 10am–5pm; Nov–Dec Tues–Sun 10am–5pm; Jan–March Wed–Sun 10am–4pm; April–May Tues–Sun 10am–5pm. Phone 207/596-6457 Prices Museum $15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 students 17 and older, free for children under 17; add $5 for admission to Olson House. Web site Farnsworth Museum
Map356 Main Street USA Rockland
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