The Wyeth Experience

  • The Wyeth Experience
  • The Olson House. Photo by Susan Metzger
Olson House, in Cushing, Maine

Immerse yourself in the world of Andrew Wyeth. This unique tour captures an authentic sense of place by illuminating the strong attraction the Olson House held for Andrew Wyeth for more than 30 years. Your tour will begin with an intimate look at select Andrew Wyeth works at the Farnsworth Art Museum, and continue on for an in-depth tour of the Olson House. Participants will be taken by van through the Maine countryside to the Olson House, past landmarks relevant to Wyeth’s Maine subject matter.

A comprehensive tour of the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark, and its surrounding grounds, will highlight the relationship that Andrew Wyeth had with the property. The Olson House is the subject of approximately 300 works of art by Andrew Wyeth, including his iconic tempera Christina’s World (1948), owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Wyeth’s drawings, watercolors and tempera paintings featuring Christina, her brother and the house itself occupied the artist from 1939 through 1968.

Wyeth once remarked,

“I just couldn’t stay away from there. I did other pictures while I knew them, but I’d always seem to gravitate back to the house … It was Maine.” Wyeth died in 2009 and is buried in a small cemetery within sight of the house.

Tours are held once a week beginning Friday, July1, 2016 through Friday, August 26, 2016, 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., and limited to 12 people per tour.

The cost is $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers and includes admission to the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Please make your reservation by choosing a date from the following calendar.

Wyeth Experience Calendar

Please note that due to limited access to these tours, no refunds will be given with less than 48 hours notice.

For more information on how to reserve a spot, please email Communications Officer David Troup at dtroup@farnsworthmuseum.org or by calling 207-596-6457 ext 128.