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“Save your $ and just go to the Olsen house”

Farnsworth Art Museum
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Rockland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Celebrating Maine's Role in American Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America's greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 15,000 works in the collection, there is always something new on view at the Farnsworth. The museum has one of the largest collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson. Its Wyeth Center features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth. The Farnsworth's library is also housed in its Rockland, ME, campus. Two historic buildings, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House, and Julia's Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex.
Reviewed 2 September 2013

Olsen house is wonderful and the staff much nicer. I am a huge fan of NC and Andrew Wyeth and coupled a visit to the Brandywine in Chadds Ford, PA, with a visit to the Farnsworth with high expectations. I was met with rude, condescending staff and a limited collection of Wyeth works. The Olsen house on the other hand was hauntingly beautiful and inspiring and the staff, volunteers, appeared to really enjoy dealing with visitors.

Date of experience: August 2013
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David T, Communications Officer at Farnsworth Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2013

Dear Art4theages,

I am truly sorry that you had an unpleasant experience at the Farnsworth. It is certainly not our habit to treat visitors in the manner you describe in your review, and we will obviously look into the matter as visitor experience is a tremendous priority for all of us here on staff. I am certainly pleased that your experience at the Olson House was a good one, and I hope you will give the museum a second chance in the future.

Please accept my apologies. If you have the time to email me some specifics about your experience so that we might do our best to improve, I would greatly appreciate it.

David Troup
Communications Officer
Farnsworth Art Museum

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"on display"
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"permanent collection"
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"olsen house"
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"main building"
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"robert indiana"
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"special exhibit"
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"three generations"
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"louise nevelson"
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"old church"
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"across the street"
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"several buildings"
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"wonderful collection"
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"winslow homer"
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"sculpture garden"
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Beautifully retrofit older building. The well-curated collections are great and very manageable. Perfect downtown location. A must do when in the area.

Date of experience: July 2013
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

We always like to support this museum but would have preferred less contemporary art and more of traditional.

Date of experience: August 2013
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

Worth a visit for sure when visiting the area, nice art and pretty building as well, you can do this visit in about one hour if you don't want to linger

Date of experience: August 2013
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Small but with enough variety to be very interesting. Great N.C. Wyeth exhibit. Definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: August 2013
Thank slquebec
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