Last updated: 5/26/2016
Kennebunk, Maine
Address
117 Main Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Hours
Tuesday - Friday10 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday10 AM - 1 PM
Free evening hours each month in the summer.
Admissions
$20 for entire family ($10 family days on Saturday)
Adults: $7.50
Seniors: $6
Children (6-16): $3
Services
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Cynthia Walker, Executive Director
phone: 207-985-4802
Leanne Hayden, Collections Manager
phone: 207-985-4802
Deborah Williams, Engagement Coordinator
phone: 207-985-4802
Description

Housed in five 19th Century buildings, the Brick Store Museum was founded in 1936 to celebrate local history, art and culture in the Kennebunks and its surrounding communities in Southern Maine. It is open year-round with six galleries and rotating exhibitions.

Mission

The Brick Store Museum exists to ignite personal connections to local history, art and culture through exhibitions, education and programs celebrating the human experience in the Kennebunks and its surrounding communities.

History

Founded by American artist Edith Cleaves Barry (1884 - 1969) in 1936, the Brick Store Museum is housed in five 19th Century buildings on Main Street in Kennebunk. The museum's name comes from the first of those buildings, built in 1825 out of bricks as a dry goods store.

Artifact Collections

The Brick Store Museum is home to nearly 70,000 objects, including three dimensional pieces and archival materials.

Research Collections

The Archives Center at the Museum houses genealogical and town histories for research access by the public.

Educational Programs

Join us for these exciting educational events:

  • Rotating exhibitions
  • historic walking tours (summer/fall)
  • monthly lecture series
  • school field trips
  • Steampunk Fair
  • Holiday Tea
  • special events and celebrations
Facilities

Performance Areas

Governance

The Museum has a board of trustees that govern the strategic direction of the museum.

Publications
  • Bi-annual printed newsletter
  • monthly e-newsletter
  • Annual Report
  • Exhibition catalogues
  • ADA

    Four out of six galleries are on first floor.

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Restrooms

    Services

    Walking Tours

    The Brick Store Museum is proud to offer walking tours of the downtown Historic District and Kennebunk Beach. These tours take place seasonally (Memorial Day – October).

    Group Tours

    Enjoy the Brick Store Museum with your group! There is no better way to share the museum experience. The Brick Store Museum welcomes groups of all ages at reduced rates for a minimum of five people. Guided and self-guided tours of the Museum’s galleries are available.

    Scavenger hunts are available for self-guided groups with advance notice. When reserving your group visit, please let the Museum staff know of your interest in the Scavenger Hunt opportunity so we can have the correct amount ready for your group.

    Dedicated rental space for local businesses

    FACILITY RENTAL: The Brick Store Museum’s Program Center at 4 Dane Street, located just behind the Museum, began its life as a home in the 1850s. As the Museum grew, founder Edith Barry purchased the building to create the New Art Center Workshop; and later it became the program center that features collections storage, a small auditorium, dining space, and kitchen. The front of the building is dedicated rental space for local businesses.

    The Program Center is used by the Museum for everyday educational programs and special events like lectures, concerts, and activities. It is also the home to Storm Warnings Repertory Theatre, bringing live theatre to the Kennebunks. The space also serves our community, as a place for meetings, art shows, rehearsals, celebrations, and more.

    Are you a Business Partner?

    Use of the Museum galleries for business-related receptions for VIPs, clients, and meetings is only available to Manufacturing and Mercantile Society Members of the Museum’s Business Partner Program. Our Business Partners also receive complimentary usage of the Program Center.

    Online Gift Shop

    Special Event Rental

    Group Tours

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