Bowdoin College Museum of Art
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, one of the oldest college art collections in the nation, began with a gift of 70 paintings and a portfolio of Old Master drawings bequeathed to the College by James Bowdoin III in 1811. Today, the encyclopedic collections encompass more than 15,000 objects including ancient; European; American; non-Western; modern and contemporary works; and prints, drawings, and photography. The Museum reopened in 2007, following a two-year renovation and expansion of the landmark 1894 Walker Art Building, originally designed by McKim, Mead, and White. The creative transformation of the historic building by Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston, integrates the Museum’s traditional features with a dramatic new entry pavilion, an inviting glass curtain wall, and a complete renovation of the interior of the building. Fourteen state-of-the-art galleries, including a Media Gallery, feature both rotating selections from the collections and dynamic, changing exhibitions of objects from museums and collections around the world. Visitors can further explore the world of art through the Museum’s ongoing public programs, lectures, and symposia.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday, 10 am - 8:30 pm; Sunday, 1 pm - 5 pm; closed Mondays and national holidays
Peter Paul Rubens
Bowdoin College Museum of Art exterior, from the campus quad
Bowdoin College Museum of Art exterior, from Maine Street
The Assyrian Gallery, Bowdoin College Museum of Art