The museum's collection of approximately 15,000 works focuses on American art from the 18th century to the present, with a special emphasis on artists who have lived or worked in Maine. Over 5,000 are searchable on the museum's collection database.

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Highlights from our collection

Maine: The Farnsworth Collection- Nevelson Gallery

Located on the museum’s 6th floor, the Nevelson Gallery currently features an array of mediums and artists from different centuries with a focus on the history and scenic beauty of mid-coast Maine.

Recent Acquisitions

Browse works that have come into the collection since 2013.

Farnsworth Homestead Collection

The 1850 Greek Revival Farnsworth Homestead was the home of Lucy Copeland Farnsworth (1839-1935), the museum’s founder, and is part of the main museum campus. Open to the public late May through early October for tours, the elegant structure has remained intact, with virtually no changes during Lucy’s lifetime. Housed within the home, and now featured online, is the Farnsworth's historic Homestead Collection which features original Victorian furniture, carpets, and other furnishings, as well as paintings, prints, glassware, dishes, clothing, toys, and jewelry.

Louise Nevelson

The Farnsworth's collection of Nevelson works is the second largest in the United States and spans six decades of the artist's long career.

Jonathan Fisher

The Farnsworth has a large collection of works by Jonathan Fisher, the first pastor of the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, Maine. Largely untrained as an artist, he had a natural ability for drawing and painting and taught himself wood engraving.

The Wyeths

The Farnsworth has a rich collection of paintings, drawings and watercolors by three generations of Wyeth artists: N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and James Wyeth.