The nine members of the Maine Art Museum Trail announce their opening to the public for the summer of 2021.
Summer in Maine will, once again, feature in-person tours of the state’s nine art institutions, members of the Maine Art Museum Trail. Due to COVID-19, every museum has been forced to close its doors for part – and in some cases all – of 2020.
“Maine Museums are ready and eager to welcome summer visitors and residents again year round. While a few of us have been able to keep our doors open with strict COVID-19 procedures in place, being a full member of the Maine Art Museum Trail with opening plans resembles the cultural fabric that unites Maine – from Kittery to Bangor – is back and stronger than ever, ”said Christopher Brownawell, director of the Farnsworth Art Museum.
“While we have been fortunate to remain open to Colby’s students, faculty and staff, we greatly missed these opportunities to also come together, in person, with our larger communities. “Free and open to everyone” is our motto, and I am delighted to open our doors to everyone on June 4th, ”said Jacqueline Terrassa, Carolyn Muzzy director of the Colby Museum.
The following museums are currently open to the public: Zillman Art Museum (Bangor), Portland Art Museum (Portland), Ogunquit Museum of American Art (Ogunquit), and Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland).
Opening hours of other museums
Colby College Art Museum (Waterville) will be open to the public on June 4 Bates College Art Museum (Lewiston) on June 14, and Monhegan Art and History Museum June 24. The Abbot’s Museum (Bar Harbor) and Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick) will have details to come on their public openings. COVID-19 protocols are in place at each museum as per Maine CDC recommendations and individual institutions may have additional requirements for visitors.
To engage art enthusiasts and motivate sightseeing plans for the summer 2021 season, the Maine Art Museum Trail hosted a series of spring 2021 digital programs that explored the notion of ‘making a home’ and what this means for the institutions and communities in which they exist, shedding light on the stories that have not been told and reflecting on the evolution of the museum field. In addition to guest speakers like Maulian Dana (Tribal Ambassador of the Penobscot Nation) and Zoe Sahloul (Founder and Executive Director of the New England Arab American Organization), the Executive Directors of each member institution have spoken on the subject. Recordings will be available on www.maineartmuseums.org.
About the Maine Art Museum Trail
Follow the trail that has the best views in Maine! The Maine Art Museum Trail offers an art-guided journey across Maine. With over 80,000 works of art, from ancient artifacts and world-renowned masterpieces to contemporary Maine artists and unique and awe-inspiring installations, the 9 art museums of Maine present an impressive diversity of artists. , topics and media. There is something for every art lover at every stop along the trail. Members of the Maine Art Museum Trail include: Abbe Museum (Bar Harbor), Bates College Museum of Art (Lewiston), Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick), Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville), Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland), Monhegan Museum of Art & History (Monhegan Island), Ogunquit Museum of American Art (Ogunquit), Portland Museum of Art (Portland) and Zillman Art Museum (Bangor).