Museums & Galleries

Bowdoin College Museum of Art
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is one of the oldest college art collections in the nation and includes pieces spanning from the ancient world to the 21st century.  The Museum serves as a gathering place for the College and community with a central location on the College Quadrangle with a core mission to keep its collections accessible to Bowdoin students, faculty, scholars and art lovers.

Current Exhibitions
Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography: February 27, 2014 - June 1, 2014
Surrealism in Motion: February 27, 2014 - June 1, 2014
Contemporary Masters, 1950 to the Present: Opened January 30, 2014
American Artists at Work, 1840-1950: Opened January, 30, 2014
Lovers and Saints: Art of the Italian Renaissance: Opened January 24, 2014
The Object Show: Discoveries in Bowdoin Collections: November 7, 2013 - June 1, 2014

Peary Macmillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center
Located on the Bowdoin College Campus and named after Bowdoin College graduates and Arctic explorers, the museum is one of only two museums in the United Stated dedicated complete to Arctic Studies.  Exhibitions focus on varying elements of the Arctic, including natural life, culture, expedition equipment and also show archival papers, publications and natural history specimens.  

Current Exhibits
Scrimshaw: Selections from Peter C. Barnard Collection: October 29, 2013 - April 27, 2014
Animal Allies: Inuit Views of the Natural World: April 5, 2012 - August 31, 2014
Robert E. Peary and His Northern World: April 5, 2012 - December 31, 2014

Maine Maritime Museum
Located on a picturesque 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River just minutes from Brunswick.  Friendly and knowledgeable docents bring the rich tradition of Maine boatbuilding to life with guided tours of the Percy & Small Shipyard that includes four of the five original Shipyard buildings. Named in the National Registry of Historic Places, the site is the only remaining historic shipyard of its kind still intact today. 

Enjoy a Bath Iron Works Trolley Tours, conducted from mid-May to late-October, that takes you behind the gates of Bath Iron Works to see how modern U.S. Navy destroyers are built and to learn why the phrase "Bath Built is Best Built" rings true at this ultra-modern facility.

The Boston Globe called it a "must-see," Down East Magazine named it a "Best of Maine" attraction and Yankee Magazine named it a "Best of New England."

Be certain to view The Wyoming evocation, the largest outdoor sculpture in New England, is among the most visited and photographed sites in Maine. The design was conceived by acclaimed Maine sculptors Andreas von Heune and Joe Hemes.

Pejepscot Historical Society
Founded in 1888, the Pejepscot Historical Society is among the oldest historical societies in the state of Maine.  Celebrating the rich histories of Brunswick, Harpswell and Topsham, the society maintains three museums in Brunswick, Maine.  The Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum is located in the adult home of its namesake who was the hero of Litte Round Top at Gettysburg during the Civil War and later served as Governor of Maine and President of Bowdoin College.  The Skolfield-Whitter House was home to three generates of prominent Brunswick families with careers in seafaring, medicine and education.  And the Pejepscot Museum & Research Center offers rotating exhibits on topics in local history.