New Exhibits

The Gulf of Maine Resources

May 27-October 16, 2022

The Gulf of Maine exhibit, created by the Searsport District High School Fall 2021 Marine Science Students, complements the artifacts and stories of the Gone Fishing exhibit in Old Town Hall. It identifies six current issues in the Gulf of Maine, including bycatch, sharks, green crabs, and the impact of warming waters.


Photography Collection Overview

May 27-October 16, 2022

The foyer of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Library offers an overview of the major photography collections and photographers with biographies, examples of work, and related ephemera. A large digital display features a rotating slideshow showing highlights from the archive. On weekdays, visitors are welcomed into the photo archives where there are additional displays, and they can observe and interact with staff and volunteers.


At Home, At Sea: Searsport’s Maritime Stories

New Permanent Exhibit

At Home, At Sea: Searsport’s Maritime Stories is a new permanent exhibit opening in 2022. The exhibit explores the many ways Searsport families connected with the sea—including those who maintained Searsport as their homeport, those engaged in the shipping industry, and those who took their families to sea. It shows how families at sea remained connected to loved ones back home, how the Searsport community experienced loss and misfortune as well as miraculous rescues, and how the crew aboard ship lived and worked. The exhibit uses objects, photographs, archives, and family stories from the Museum’s collection to tell these stories. At Home, At Sea has been funded in part by grants from the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and Frances R. Dewing Foundation, and through gifts from the many Searsport sea captains’ descendants committed to telling this story.


Picturing Penobscot Bay

May 27-October 16, 2022

Blue Bottom, oil on canvas by Colin Page

Picturing Penobscot Bay, guest curated by Carl Little, will feature around 40 works of art that share a strong connection to — and/or vision of — Penobscot Bay. Featured artists are Nancy Morgan Barnes, M. J. Bronstein, Molly Brown, David Dewey, Gregory Dunham, Sarah Faragher, Anina Porter Fuller, Brita Holmquist, Eric Hopkins, Jill Hoy, Scott Moore, Colin Page, Stefan Pastuhov, and Robert Pollien. Along with contemporary works, Picturing Penobscot Bay will also include a selection of historical paintings related to Penobscot Bay from the Museum’s collection. Historical artists include Waldo Peirce, Percy Sanborn, Dolly Smith, William Pierce Stubbs, Paul Stubing, and George Wasson.


Kosti Ruohomaa: The Maine Assignments

May 27-October 16, 2022

An LL Bean worker trims a hunting boot under the watchful eyes of a moose mount. 1952 LB2017.19.41330. Photo by Kosti Ruohomaa, Black Star©

Kosti Ruohomaa: The Maine Assignments explores the ways that Mainers lived, celebrated, made their livings, recreated, and communicated. While many of Ruohomaa’s most iconic images stand on their own, he approached his assignments with a photo essay in mind – telling the story through a series of photographs. This exhibit embraces that approach and presents his assignments through the eye of a magazine editor. It allows a deeper look at Ruohomaa’s work and technique and helps viewers gain more insight into the man and his photographs. Kosti Ruohomaa: The Maine Assignments has been funded in part by generous support from lead sponsor L.L. Bean, and Camden National Wealth Management and Allen Insurance and Financial.


Up River: Selections from the Captain Bill Abbott Collection

May 27-October 16, 2022

Crews of Ross tugboats BISMARCK and WALTER ROSS on Lobster Claw Wharf at Fort Point, Stockton Springs. Captain William Abbott Collection, LB2014.7.33

Capt. Abbott was an avid collector of photographs; PMM’s new exhibit, Up River: Selections from the Captain Bill Abbott Collection picks out some highlights from this archive. When Capt. Abbott passed away in 2014, he left Penobscot Marine Museum his treasured collection, where it is being digitized and preserved.

This exhibit was generously funded by lead donor Wayne Hamilton, as well as Mr. and Mrs. E. Vance Bunker, Captain Almer and Linda Dinsmore, Captain David Gelinas, Penobscot Bay & River Pilots Association, Penobscot Bay Tractor Tug Company, Captain Prentice Strong, and Captain Duke Tomlin.


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