KENNEBUNK, MAINE – On average, the Brick Store Museum welcomes nearly 3,500 visitors through its doors each year. The history and art museum, founded in 1936 on Kennebunk’s Main Street, has expanded its exhibitions and programming over the past years and now hopes to develop its visitation accordingly. Beginning in 2015, the staff and trustees have set a new goal for the museum’s attendance: 7,500 visitors per year, to welcome 15,000 visitors total between 2015 and 2017. That more than doubles the Museum’s attendance per year. Will you help break the record?
“There are so many of our community members who may have visited long ago, or not at all,” said Executive Director Cynthia Walker. “We want to make sure that this museum is a place for everyone – and that means getting a fresh perspective on what we do and why we’re here. We would be open 24 hours if that meant we could reach our goal. That’s how important it is to us.”
Visitors returning and new are invited to participate in the challenge. The Museum invites families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to join in the community museum’s goal. To mark each achievement, every 1,000th visitor will win a prize.
Exhibitions now on view include Visual Storytelling: Celebrating Maine Illustrators; Memory in Black & White: Early 20th-Century Photographs of Albion Moody; and Kennebunk History in 50 Objects. Ongoing programs are produced monthly, including workshops, lectures, and concerts. The Museum now offers an “Early Morning Hour” from 9:00am – 10:00am on Thursdays to allow children and parents to explore the Museum at their own pace. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, and is participating in downtown Kennebunk’s Third Friday ArtWalk, during which museum admission is complimentary from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, every third Friday of the month.
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The Brick Store Museum is located at 117 Main Street in Kennebunk’s historic district. For 76 years, the Museum has been dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the region’s rich cultural and artistic heritage. Its galleries and research archives are open to the public year-round: Tuesdays – Fridays, 10 – 4:30 and Saturdays, 10 – 1. Museum admission is $7.50 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $20 for families. Saturdays are half price for families! Visit www.brickstoremuseum.org or call 207-985-4802 for further information.