The History of the Monhegan Museum

In 1822 the U.S. Congress appropriated $3000 to be used in constructing a lighthouse and keeper’s dwelling atop a hill on Monhegan Island. The light, rising 170 feet above the high-tide line, had ten lamps with 16-inch reflectors, a Welsbach mantel fired by sperm oil, and a weight-powered rotary mechanism. Thomas B. Seavey, the first keeper of the light, moved into the keeper’s house with his family on July 2, 1824. read more …

For many years people had dreamed of a Monhegan Museum, and these vacant buildings, themselves historically significant, represented an ideal solution. read more

In 1970 one outbuilding was renovated to display ice cutting equipment and other materials relevant to the history of ice cutting on Monhegan. The following year another outbuilding was converted into a replica of a Monhegan fish house. read more…

By the early 1990s, the museum’s collections had grown to the point where additional display and storage space was sorely needed. An assistant light keeper’s house and accompanying storage shed had been built on the property in 1858 but were torn down in the 1920s when they were no longer needed. read more …

In 2004, longtime Monhegan summer resident Anne M. Hubert bequeathed to the museum her home and studio on Monhegan, along with the estate of James E. Fitzgerald.  Anne and Edgar Hubert were friends and patrons to James Fitzgerald who, upon his death in 1971, inherited his artwork as well as his Monhegan home and studio. read more…

The Monhegan Museum undertook a complete tower restoration using historically accurate building materials in the summer of 2009. In recognition of this, the Monhegan Museum received the 2010 Maine Historic Preservation award. The Tower is now open to the public on some days during the summer months. Further, group tours of the Tower can be arranged by contacting the Monhegan Museum.


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Monhegan Museum of Art & History

1 Lighthouse Hill
Monhegan, ME 04852

Phone: 207.596.7003

Email: museum@monheganmuseum.org

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Museum Hours for the 2024 Season:

June 20-30 & September: 1-30:1:30-3:30pm daily

July and August: 11:30-3:30pm daily

Lighthouse Tours: July and August: Tuesday, Thursday, & Sunday 11:30-1:30pm

James Fitzgerald – Rockwell Kent Historic Artists' Home and Studio:

June 20-September 30: Tuesday, Thursday, & Sunday 1:00-3:00pm

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