Farnsworth Reopens June 25
(Rockland, ME) The Farnsworth Art Museum is pleased to announce the reopening of its galleries, beginning on Thursday, June 25, to its members and to Rockland residents, and on the following day to the general public. The new museum hours will be Thursdays through Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To ensure the safest and most welcoming experience, and in keeping with the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development Stage 2 reopening guidelines, visitation will be through timed-ticket entry only. Timed tickets will be available for purchase on the Farnsworth’s website, www.farnsworthmuseum.org, and staff will be available at the Museum Street entrance to help visitors with online purchases.
On Thursday, June 25, the Farnsworth will reopen with a special day dedicated to thanking its members and community. On that day, the museum will welcome back members and Rockland residents. Beginning on Friday, June 26, timed tickets will be available to the general public.
“Our reopening is the result of weeks of behind-the-scenes work by a team of experts in the fields of health, security, and visitor services to guarantee the safety of your visit—and to ensure we meet or exceed every single guideline from both the CDC and the State of Maine,” commented Farnsworth Director Christopher J. Brownawell. “Your tremendous show of support during our closure has been inspiring. Our community is stronger than ever, and we are proud to be an anchor in Rockland, the art capital of Maine!”
To ensure a safer and more welcoming experience for all, the Farnsworth has created a one-way path via directional arrows on the museum floors that will guide visitors through the galleries, while promoting enhanced physical distancing. In addition, the Farnsworth requires that all visitors agree to the following guidelines before their visit:
- Do not enter the building if they have a cough or fever.
- Wear face coverings at all times.
- Maintain a minimum six-foot distance while following the prescribed one-way path.
- Use hand sanitizer upon entering the museum and at stations throughout their visit.
A full list of visitor guidelines is available on the museum website.
All of the exhibitions currently on view are part of the Farnsworth’s bicentennial celebration of Maine: First to Hail the Rising Sun—Maine through the Eyes of Its Artists. Included are Andrew Wyeth: Maine Legacy; Maine: The Farnsworth Collection; Transforming the Ordinary: Women in American Book Cover Design; Eliot Porter: All the Wild Places; and a newly mounted exhibition of works from the museum’s collection: At Home in New England , which depicts an earlier New England, through images of homes and interiors, at a time before COVID-19 changed perceptions of home. For artists working seasonally or year-round in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or Vermont, a portrait of a home might become a record or a memory, for others a concept, one expressed as an idealized place and time. Funding for First to Hail the Rising Sun: Maine through the Eyes of its Artists is provided by Camden National Bank, the Premier Sponsor of our bicentennial programs; and by donors to our exhibition development and education fund.
Named by the Boston Globe as one of the finest small museums in the country, the Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. It is the only museum dedicated solely to American and Maine-inspired art. Through its remarkable collection of more than 15,000 works, inventive exhibitions, wide-ranging intellectual resources, and energetic educational programming, visitors from around the world gain a deep appreciation of the ongoing story of Maine’s role in American art. For more information, visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org.
About Farnsworth Art Museum
Celebrating Maine’s Role in American Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 10,000 works in the collection, there is always something new on view at the Farnsworth. The museum houses the nation’s second-largest collection of works by premier 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson. Its Wyeth Center exclusively features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth. The Farnsworth’s library is also housed in its Rockland, ME, campus. Two historic buildings, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House, complete the museum complex.