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There is much more to a lighthouse than its impressive structure and its life-saving beacon of light. While you’re in Maine, be sure to visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland where you can learn the heroic stories behind the lighthouses — and their keepers — that are steeped in tradition.
Visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum
The Maine Lighthouse Museum is located on the waterfront in historic downtown Rockland. The museum is open Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rockland is a short drive from the Hartstone Inn in Camden, making for a perfect daytrip.
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For centuries, wooden ships featured an elegant, hand carved figurehead at its hull. The figureheads were intricate carvings, often depicting a woman, an animal or a coat of arms. They represented various things, including the name of the ship, strength, wealth, or the ship’s country of origin. One of the current exhibits at the Maine Maritime Museum pays homage to these beautiful carvings and the craftsmen who created them.
Maine Maritime Museum Exhibits
The exhibit “Ingrained: The Art of the Shipcarver” is on display at the Maine Maritime Museum through early July. Hand carved nautical artifacts include a figurehead and a pattern used to carve a figurehead, as well as a golden eagle, cornices and more. The exhibit also includes a collection of tools and the workbench of renowned Newcastle carver Edbury Hatch.
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The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland celebrates “Maine’s Role in American Art.” Its main focus is to exhibit the work of nationally prominent artists whose careers have been associated closely with Maine.
The Farnsworth Art Museum is a beautiful 20-minute drive from The Hartstone Inn down Maine’s coast. The museum complex spans 20,000 square feet of gallery space and includes more than 15,000 works of art. It includes a library, two historic buildings (one is off-site) and a gallery for young artists.
The Farnsworth Art Museum features critically acclaimed exhibitions year-round. It has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson. It also features the works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth.
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