Arts Along the Coast Arts Itinerary – Coastal Maine Arts and Culture Adventures

The Maine Coast abounds in arts, cultural and historic attractions.  From museums to galleries, theater and concerts, if the arts and culture of Maine interest you, consider adding one or more of these activities in Bar Harbor, Rockland or Kennebunkport to our Six Day Itinerary.  

Kennebunkport optional arts & culture add-ons:

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

  • Antique shopping is a favorite pastime among those in search of historic treasures.  Antiques USA in nearby Arundel is a favorite stop for antiques lovers.  Click here for info.
  • Take a 45-minute trolley tour of Kennebunkport, May – October.  Click here for info.
  • View American artworks from the 19th century to the present at nearby Ogunquit Museum of America, May – October.
  • Catch a live show from talented summer stock performers at the Ogunquit Playhouse or local theater productions at the Arundel Barn Playhouse, May – October.
  • Don’t miss the Seashore Trolley Museum and the Brick Store Museum, both included on the Inns Along the Coast six-day itinerary and both open year-round.
  • On your way to or from Rockland, don’t miss the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, comprising 270 of coastal shoreline for gardens, plus year-round exhibits, workshops and more.  

Rockland optional arts & culture add-ons:

Owls Head Transportation Museum

  • If your visit to Rockland includes the first Friday of the month, be sure to take in the ArtWalk when galleries stay open late, serve refreshments and encourage strolling along Rockland’s Main Street and beyond, May through December.  Click here for info.  Throughout the year, Rockland offers a number of lovely art galleries in and around Rockland’s vibrant downtown Main Street.
  • The Farnsworth Museum & Wyeth Center has a massive collection representing Maine's role in American art and features permanent collections by the three generations of Wyeth's.
  • Don’t miss the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum in nearby Owls Head where exhibits and events focused on trains, planes and automobiles through the ages fascinate all. There’s a great gift shop and it’s open year-round too.  Click here for info.
  • The Maine Lighthouse Museum houses the largest collection of lighthouse artifacts and history in the country and also offers a great gift shop for lighthouse themed gifts.  Open year round.  Click here for info.
  • The Knox Museum in nearby Thomaston honors the life of Henry Knox and the history of the region.  Open seasonally, May – mid-October.
  • The Sail, Power and Museum in Rockland offers one man’s exceptional collection of maritime and nautical exhibits.  Check the events schedule too.  
  • The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport offers a year-round collection of fabulous marine exhibits, events and workshops.
  • Catch films, concerts and live performances at the historic Strand Theater in Rockland, year round.
  • For those who love classical music, be sure to check the schedule for the Bay Chamber Concerts held throughout the year in Rockland. Click here for info and schedules.

Bar Harbor optional arts and culture add-ons:

Asticou Azalea Garden

  • A visit to one of the Abbe Museum’s two locations in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park offers insight into the history and mission of the Wabanaki nations.  Open year round.  Click here for info.
  • In spring, summer and fall, visit the breathtaking Asticou Azalea Gardens in nearby Seal Harbor.
  • Also open seasonally, don’t miss the Thuya Garden and Lodge surrounded by English Gardens and offering a fabulous view of Northeast Harbor.  Also open seasonally, click here for info.
  • The George B. Dorr Museum, located on the campus of the College of the Atlantic, investigates, interprets and displays the natural world of Maine.  Open year round.
  • The Seal Cove Auto Museum, open from May through October, offers up a unique collection of automobiles and motorcycles.
  • A visit to the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor offers a unique perspective on this pioneer in the art of decorative bird carving.  Beautiful exhibits and workshops give all ages a unique perspective on Maine nature and art.
  • Stroll throughout Bar Harbor enjoying a number of unique galleries including the Sage Grass Gallery, featuring American artisans and handcrafted artworks, Alone Moose Gallery offering fine arts and crafts by Maine artists, or the Rock and Art Shop, a unique and memorable shopping experience.