Art, Museums & Music

Constructed among the buildings of an historical shipyard, the Maine Maritime Museum in nearby Bath is ranked among the top maritime museums in the world. In addition to providing a fascinating look at shipbuilding through the centuries in Maine’s “City of Ships,”  there are daily boat trips to lighthouses and islands along the Kennebec River and beyond, and a popular trolley tour of the adjacent Bath Iron Works, one of the most important operating shipyards in America.

Several noteworthy art museums are within a short drive of Coveside. The Portland Museum of Art, designed by noted architect I.M. Pei, houses a diverse collection that emphasizes artists of Maine (Winslow Homer is well represented). Rockland contains a number of art galleries, clustered around the Farnsworth Museum. This superb regional museum includes a building devoted entirely to changing exhibitions of the work of Andrew Wyeth and his family, who lived and painted in nearby Owl’s Head. Also of note are the excellent art museums of nearby Bowdoin CollegeBates College, and Colby College.

Civil War buffs will enjoy the Joshua Chamberlain Museum in Brunswick, located in the house where this Civil War hero of Gettysburg lived before and after his time in the war. Nearby, on the Bowdoin College campus, is the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, with a major collection of photographs, slides, and memorabilia detailing the groundbreaking Arctic explorations of Robert Peary and Robert MacMillan, Inuit artifacts, and changing exhibits detailing aspects of the Arctic.

Finally, there is a rich variety of music available during the Midcoast summer. The Maine Music Theatre, one of the most celebrated professional summer stock theater companies in the United States, produces four musical comedies each summer on the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick, always to sold-out crowds. Also held on the Bowdoin campus is the annual Bowdoin International Music Festival, featuring  renowned artist instructors, performers, soloists, and gifted pre-professional classical musicians in concerts throughout the summer. On a less formal level, live Irish music is on hand twice a week at Byrnes Irish Pub in Bath.