Explore the Collection
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.
Highlights from our collection
The Farnsworth is currently presenting highlights from our collection that feature both women artists and works that depict women, all dating from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This exhibition located in the Rothschild Gallery emphasizes the portrayal of women in art.
This exhibition offers a range of responses a number of nationally, indeed in some cases internationally, significant artists have had as a result of their decisions to live and work in Maine. Their works are ample demonstrations of the diverse voices that Maine’s artists have brought to the larger and ongoing narrative of the history of American art. There are also works donated to the museum by artists who have long time associations with our state.
Located in the Nevelson-Berliawsky Gallery in the main musuem, "Other Voices" explores the nearly 100 post-World War II works by American artists, including works by young emerging artists, that are in the Farnsworth 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.
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.
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.