Museums & Historical Sites

From Lighthouses to Galleries – the Sights & Sounds
of Coastal Maine

Spending a day exploring local museums, galleries, and historical sites in Boothbay Harbor and its surrounding towns is how visitors new to the area can experience our coastal community first-hand. Coastal Maine holds many treasures for those who seek them out. Art lovers will be keen to pay a visit to the Farnsworth Museum and to explore the community’s regional art. The popular Maritime Museum vividly showcases the state’s maritime history, while the Maine State Aquarium is a fascinating place to while away the day. Those intent on capturing a Maine lighthouse on their camera have plenty of chances to do so while uncovering some of the region’s curiosities along the way.

Resort guests are just around the corner from many area destinations in case a rainy day requires a getaway. Take a look at some of our favorite destinations below or peruse our calendar of events[/area-events/], always packed with festivals, shows and celebrations around the harbor.

Bigelow Laboratory

Maine is commonly referred to as The Lighthouse State: there are 65 historical lighthouses along 5,000 miles of coastline, inlets and islands. Burnt Island Lighthouse, located in Boothbay Harbor, was built in 1821, making it the second oldest surviving lighthouse in Maine. Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, located in Bristol, a 40-minute coastal drive away, is the most photographed lighthouse in the state.