Museum founder Edith C. Barry amassed a large amount of family heirlooms and art during the beginning years of the Brick Store Museum. Today, the Museum houses close to 70,000 artifacts and archival materials.
While many items can be found on display in rotating exhibits, most of our items are stored in a secured area of the Museum. Objects in our collections are used for exhibitions, educational programs, and research. The number of artifacts grows everyday with new donations relating to the history of our community in the Kennebunks and southern Maine.
Imagine quilts with secret pouches and handwritten inscriptions. Or a rare chest dating to 1685. Even a painting found floating at sea of a Kennebunkport ship captain. Examine pieces salvaged from area shipwrecks. Peek inside a Civil War drum for a real surprise. View the largest collection of World War I and II posters in all of Maine. Witness paintings created by Thomas Badger, John Brewster, Jr., Abbott Fuller Graves, Louis Norton, and Hannah Skeele.
These fascinating artifacts and intriguing stories - and much more - have shaped our past and present. And they're all here at the Brick Store Museum.
|The Artifact Showcase features our past "Artifacts of the Month." Each month, the Museum staff chooses an object from the collection on which to focus. Join us as we take an in-depth look at an artifact from our permanent collections, or otherwise showcase a new acquisition. These artifacts range from paintings, to games, to musical instruments, to weapons, and each reveals its own unique story in this monthly update. Sign up for the Museum's e-newsletter or follow us on Facebook to get up-to-date alerts on our newest featured artifacts.|