Ogunquit Museum of American Art
Nestled on three acres of sculpture-dotted land overlooking Narrow Cove and the sea, Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) presents itself as a serene respite from the rest of the world for a beautifully reflective summer day trip. Its sleek, mid-century modern building houses a mix of past and present collections featuring paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and photographs dating back to the late 1800s. Slip into the galleries that reflect an intersection of Maine’s past and present, or wander through the vast sea-side garden with seasonal blooms that offer a new perspective, visit after visit, and all but one of the galleries are accessible by wheelchair.
There are new exhibitions each year to enjoy in addition to the impressive permanent collection, which has one of the largest collections of ceramic sculpture by Carl Walters, watercolors by Eliot O’Hara, oils by Henry Strater and drawings and sculpture by Isabella Howland and Bernard Langlais. There is also an excellent representation of the Ogunquit Art Colony with works by Edward Betts, Charles Woodbury, Hamilton Easter Field and Robert Laurent which explore the roots of American Modernism.
Enjoy an easy stroll through borders of flowers, cool and shady interludes, a reflection pool and secluded benches for meditative moments. Wood, stone and metal sculptures are found among the 18 small gardens in the 3-acre sculpture park.
From Ellsworth: 192 miles
From Bangor: 167 miles
From Lewiston/Auburn: 70 miles
From Portland: 39 miles