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Photo Courtesy Farnsworth Art Museum, Gift of Mr.and Mrs. Charles Shipman Payson, 1964
The Farnsworth for Free
Spice up your average Wednesday night with some Maine art and culture and do it all without spending a dime. Every hump day, one of Maine’s premier museums, the Farnsworth, in Rockland, offers free admission (especially valuable if you’re not fortunate enough to be a Rockland resident and therefore get in for free all the time). From 5 to 8 p.m. you can peruse the museum’s impressive collections and exhibits gratis. Plus, many of the art galleries in town stay open late, too, so you can make an evening of it strolling down Main Street. Often the free admission to the Farnsworth includes an event such as a lecture or other special program to augment your visit, but nothing extra is needed this July as the museum has a handful of interesting exhibits in honor of their sixtieth anniversary. Don’t miss Uncommon Treasures, a collection of Maine folk art that is part of the eleven-museum Maine Folk Art Trail kicking off this summer. If you go on July 2, you’ll be one of the first to see the exhibition American Impressionism to Modernism, which features pieces mostly related to Maine from the museum’s permanent collection. This summer, in the Hadlock galleries, there is a new selection of Andrew Wyeth paintings on view. Wednesday nights are also perfect for spending some quality time at the Wyeth Center, one of the museum’s biggest draws entirely devoted to the “first family” of Maine painting. If you can’t make it for free on Wednesday, it’s also free on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 16 Museum St. 207-596-6457. www.farnsworthmuseum.org . Otherwise admissin is twelve dollars for adults; ten dollars for seniors; ten dollars for students seventeen and older; children sixteen and younger, members, and Rockland residents free.