Looking for things to do in Kennebunkport? There’s a fascinating museum just a few miles up the road from our Kennbunkport B&B that you should really consider visiting: Kennebunk’s Brick Store Museum.
The Brick Store Museum began life in 1825 as just that – a dry goods store built of bricks by merchant William Lord. Brick buildings were rather scarce at the time of the building’s construction, so the nickname took.
Lord’s great-granddaughter, Edith Cleaves Barry, eventually inherited the property and, in 1936, decided to turn it into a museum. This decision made the Brick Store one of very few museums to open in the US between the Great Depression and World War II.
The museum’s collections were initially composed of the Lord family’s holdings but it has expanded quite a bit since those early days, to say the least. Over the years, four other buildings on the block have been added. The museum is now a complex of five historic buildings, all linked together on Kennebunk’s Main Street.
The Brick Store Museum’s eclectic collection contains upwards of 70,000 items dating from the region’s earliest settlements to the present day. There are quilts with secret pouches and the painted portrait found floating at sea of a Kennebunkport ship captain. The museum houses objects salvaged from shipwrecks and also holds the largest collection of World War I and II posters in the state.
The museum also has over 3,000 historical photographs and vintage postcards. Original paintings abound, as well, with works by Thomas Badger, Abbott Fuller Graves, Louis Norton, Hannah Skeele, and John Brewster, Jr. The maritime history of the Kennebunks is well represented, too.
With so much in the archives, the museum uses six galleries to feature rotating exhibitions throughout the year. You never know what surprises you’ll find when you visit!
The Brick Store Museum
117 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043
Tuesday – Friday, 10am to 5pm | Saturdays, 10am to 4pm | Sundays, 12pm to 4pm
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