Guests with an eye for art will be happy to know that the Kennebec Inn Bed and Breakfast is located amid the Maine Art Museum Trail. Comprised of seven museums, four of which being located in Maine’s Midcoast Region and the rest just a daytrip away, the Trail’s museums offer over 53,000 pieces of art, from the ancient to the contemporary.
Located in nearby Brunswick, just minutes from the Inn, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art was kickstarted by James Bowdoin III’s 70 donated paintings in 1811. Housed in the Walker Art Building since 1894, museum visitors will discover over 15,000 ancient and contemporary paintings, prints, drawings and photographs.
A one-hour drive from the Inn in Rockland, art lovers who seek out local flavor should be sure to visit the Farnsworth Art Museum, which specializes in American art and seeks to demonstrate “Maine’s Role in American Art.” Featuring over 10,000 pieces from artists such as Gilbert Stuart, Eastman Johnson and Fitz Henry Lane, the museum houses one of the country’s largest collections of pieces by sculptor by Louise Nevelson.
Forty-five minutes northwest of the Inn, art aficionados can discover over 5,000 works of art at the Bates College Museum of Art. Founded in 1955, the museum’s permanent collection focuses on works on paper and features local artists as well as an ever-growing collection of art from around the world.