The Museum’s collection reflects the diverse and rich past of the Kennebunks and Southern Maine. Artifacts range from centuries-old Native American stone tools to a 1685 chest from the Perkins family; a tall case clock made by Abner Rogers, c. 1790; farm and garden tools from George Bush’s summer home as well as a large collection of presidential campaign pins, photographs and related objects; 19th Century portraits; all forms of Decorative arts; household items; carpentry tools, furnishings, children’s toys and games, personal accessories, weapons, as well as ethnographic objects from around the world.
The Brick Store Museum is home to a large costume and textile collection spanning four centuries. The women’s costume collection alone consists of over 2,000 dresses, undergarments and accessories. In addition, are children’s clothing, men’s clothing and accessories, quilts, rugs and blankets all housed in the Kimball House, the focus of this project.
The Museum also has a small but significant art collection consisting of over 300 framed works with paintings by Edith Barry, Thomas Badger, W.P. Stubbs, Abbott Graves, John Brewster, Jr., Willard Metcalf, William Trost Richards and Hannah Brown Skeele, among others.
In addition to its three-dimensional objects, the Museum houses a valuable archival collection of diaries, photographs, manuscripts, cemetery records, business ledgers, and maps. In the archives, there is a large collection of glass plate negatives of Southern Maine (est. 5,000) and 60 rolls of motion picture film taken by Edith Barry and Kennebunk native, Sarah Fletcher, during their travels around the world during the early 20th Century.
The maritime heritage of Kennebunk is one of the highlights of the collection with tools, half hull models and equipment from the shipbuilding trade, artifacts brought home from all around the world by ship’s captains and sailors and archival material such as ship’s logs, ledgers and captain’s diaries. The Lord Collection of 19th century business papers, letters and accounts from his shipbuilding business on the Kennebunk River is an important historical resource filling over 60 archival boxes.