Rigorous, unassuming Bowdoin College, near the shore of Casco Bay in coastal Brunswick, Maine, is another in the proud tradition of small, intense Northeastern liberal arts colleges with a sloping, leafy campus and an art museum that invites discussion, observation, and enlightenment by way of a small but well-considered permanent collection. The BCMA was founded in 1811, and is housed in a domed McKim Mead White building that recently underwent a comprehensive renovation. Its collection is heavy on American works in a variety of media; specific emphasis is lent to those works – particularly paintings – that take Maine as the theme. Aficionados of Winslow Homer should note the BCMA’s archive of Homer-abilia, which includes letters, books and miscellanea; though light on Homer’s paintings, the collection is replete with drawings and sketches.
Bowdoin College Museum of Art Information
- Public Transportation: Good (a 5-minute walk from the Amtrak Brunswick Station)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good (accessible through the Pavilion entrance)
- Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (open Thursdays until 8:30 p.m.); Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and national holidays
- Admission: Free. Donations are welcome
- Tour: Docent-guided tours are available at no charge Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and last approximately one hour. Self-guided tours are also available. Make reservations three weeks in advance
- Membership: Individual ($50); Recent Bowdoin Graduates (within the past five graduating years – $35); Dual/Family ($75); Sponsor ($150); Patron ($500); Benefactor ($1,000); Director’s Circle ($2,500); James Bowdoin III Round Table ($5,000). Member benefits are tiered with every member receiving the free newsletter; invitations to exhibition previews and events; and a 15% discount in Museum Shop
- Other Benefits: Reciprocal membership to other museums is available at the Sponsor Level ($150).