The Architect of a Museum

Seventy years ago, Henry Strater, in partnership with a group of artists and community members, opened the Museum of Art of Ogunquit (now the Ogunquit Museum of American Art). Reflecting on this milestone, this exhibition dives into the museum’s archives to explore the construction of OMAA’s original 1952 building designed by architect Charles Worley Jr., as well as the inaugural collection that was acquired for the building’s debut. A selection of the original architectural plans for the museum will be put on view for the first time alongside archival materials documenting the opening of the institution. A group of works gifted by Strater that formed the founding collection of the museum will accompany this display. Together, this exhibition will bring visitors back to the start of a legacy now 70 years strong.


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This exhibition is Made possible with support from:





Barnacle Billy’s Inc, and Boston Financial Management.
Exhibition Preview
Opening of the Museum of Art of Ogunquit, 1953, Henry Strater and Lois Thompson Strater (left) with Robert Laurent (right) and Mimi Laurent cutting the ribbon, photograph, Museum Archives Collection.
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