Want to engage more actively with our works on view and our historic properties? Tours are available that focus on your particular interest.

OLSON HOUSE FARNSWORTH HOMESTEAD HIGHLIGHTS WYETH EXPERIENCE


Olson House Tours

Located at 384 Hawthorne Point Road in Cushing, Maine the Olson House is the subject of numerous works of art by Andrew Wyeth, including the iconic Christina’s World, and was the home of sister and brother Christina and Alvaro Olson. Learn about the Olsons and life on a Maine saltwater farm during the first half of the twentieth century.

The Olson House is open to the public from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through the Sunday of Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend (formerly Columbus Day weekend), Wednesdays through Sundays with 5 tours daily on the hour from noon to 4 pm. On Thursdays, there is no 4 p.m. tour. Instead, the 4 pm tour is replaced by a special talk by David Rockwell, Andrew Wyeth’s nephew.

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Farnsworth Homestead Tours

Interior of the Farnsworth Homestead
Interior of the Farnsworth Homestead (detail). Photo by Kelsey Floyd

Come experience what life was like in Rockland during the late 19th century! The Farnsworth Homestead was the home of museum founder Lucy Farnsworth and is a time capsule of Victorian life, where you can learn about the lifestyle and customs of a merchant-class family from 150 years ago.

The Homestead is open from Memorial Day weekend through the Sunday of Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend (formerly Columbus Day weekend). Tours are offered Thursdays through Sundays at 11 am, noon, and 1 pm.

When reserving a tour: please note that the calendar will take you to the first available tour. For more options, click on the “Other dates” or “Other times” links.

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When reserving a tour: please note that the calendar will take you to the first available tour. For more options, click on the “Other dates” or “Other times” links.

Highlight Tours

Winslow Homer, A Girl in a Punt, circa 1880
Winslow Homer, A Girl in a Punt (detail), circa 1880, watercolor on paper, Museum purchase 1945, 45.534

Docents offer conversational walk-throughs featuring favorite artworks from the collection, at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, in July, August, and September. Tours begin in the lobby and last about 30 minutes; no reservations are required for individuals.

Wyeth Experience Tours

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.

“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.”– Andrew Wyeth

Wyeth died in 2009 and is buried in a small cemetery within sight of the house.

These private tours are offered Fridays during July, August, and September from 9:45 am to 1 pm, and are limited to 10 people per tour. Pre-registration is required.

The cost is $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers and includes admission to the Farnsworth Art Museum. When clicking on the link at the bottom, you will be taken to a page that will show the first available date. Please click on the green “other dates” link to access a calendar with all available dates listed in bold.

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For more information please contact Communications Officer David Troup at dtroup@farnsworthmuseum.org

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

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