Not every great museum is located in a big metropolitan area and a perfect example of that is the Farnsworth Art Museum. Located in the small town of Rockland, Maine, this regional art museum focuses on American art. And despite its modest size and off-the-beaten-track location, it's compiled one of the country's finest collections of modern American paintings and other artwork.
The museum focuses on art related to Maine and it boasts one of the world's best collection of paintings by the various members of the Wyeth family. Best known is Andrew Wyeth, who was one of the best regionalist painters of the mid-20th Century. While he was born in Pennsylvania, he had a summer home in Maine and many of his best-known works feature that state's magnificent scenery. The museum also includes works by Andrew's brother N.C. Wyeth, who was a well-known illustrator as well as paintings by Andrew's son Jamie Wyeth.
But the Farnsworth includes more than just a collection of Wyeth Family works. The museum has a comprehensive collection of modern art, including many works by the well-known sculptor Louise Nevelson. Other artists included in the museum's collection include Eastman Johnson, Thomas Sully, Fitz Henry Lane, Gilbert Stewart and Thomas Eakens.
While Rockland, Maine is small, it's also a popular summer tourist location. And what better way to break up a summer vacation than with a trip to one of the finest regional museums in the country?