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Installation view of the exhibition "James Bowdoin's America."


Installation view of exhibition "Lovers and Saints: Art of the Italian Renaissance."


Egyptian, early Second Century. Mummy Portrait of a Lady, (detail) ca. 100–150, stucco, glass, painted and gilded jewelry with polychrome. Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund and Helen Johnson Chase Fund. 2011.29.


detail of "St. Jerome in his Study," 1514, by Albrecht Durer, German, 1471-1528. Engraving. Bequest of David P. Becker, Class of 1970.


Exhibitions: Current - Past - Upcoming
Opened November 11, 2014


This innovative website revisits the seminal exhibition, "The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting," organized by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in 1964.
November 06, 2014 - February 08, 2015
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery

Featuring loaned works reflecting the importance of Marcel Duchamp’s relationship to his family, this installation, drawn largely from the permanent collection of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, challenges the myth of artistic isolation.
October 30, 2014 - January 11, 2015
Becker Gallery

This exhibition explores and critiques European visions of Mediterranean women as powerful, monstrous, seductive, or exotic in art from Ancient Greece through Picasso.
October 02, 2014 - January 04, 2015


This animated film, closely based on Apeleius' moving story, provides a fascinating dialogue with the Baroque tapestries on view.
September 27, 2014 - March 08, 2015
Boyd Gallery

A cycle of five Baroque tapestries illustrates the story of the Princess Psyche who was taken as a bride by the god Cupid.
Opening January 15, 2015
Bowdoin Gallery This exhibition brings together works from Bowdoin’s collection with important recent acquisitions that offer new perspectives on the art of Europe and the transatlantic colonies

January 15, 2015 - June 28, 2015
Markell Gallery At the turn of the twentieth century, artists from urban centers such as Boston and New York City made Maine one of their favorite summer destinations

March 05, 2015 - June 07, 2015
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery The first exhibition to feature arts related to space travel, futurism, and science fiction from across the American hemisphere.

Opening March 26, 2015
Boyd Gallery European and American art in the nineteenth century was full of startling contrasts: grand vistas of ancient ruins versus small landscapes celebrating the specificity of local haunts; portraits of noblemen and women alongside depictions of peasants, farmers, and rogues.

Fifty Years Later: Museum's Landmark 1964 Exhibition Comes Back to Life, Digitally

Students, faculty, and staff have launched a virtual exhibition of the BCMA's seminal 1964 show ”The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting.”

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Panel Discussion: "The Legacy of Marcel Duchamp"

January 21, 2015 | 4:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

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Museum Hours

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art announces December 2014 holiday hours. 

December 23, 2014:  Museum Shop is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for last minute holiday shopping. All galleries are closed. 
December 24-26, 2014: The Museum of Art is closed.
December 27-28, 2014:  The Museum of Art is open. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 
December 29, 2014–January 2, 2015: Museum of Art is closed. 
January 3-4:  Museum of Art is open. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m; Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Closed as usual on Monday, January 5, 2015. 
Regular schedule resumes Tuesday, January 6.

Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Closed on Mondays and national holidays.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is open to the public free of charge, although donations are welcome. The Museum is wheelchair accessible through the Pavilion entrance. Bowdoin College Museum of Art is a member of The Maine Art Museum Trail

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