The Portland Museum of Art will open the Winslow Homer studio at Prouts Neck for public tours beginning Sept. 25. Here’s what tour-goers can expect:
After an introduction to Homer’s life and work at the museum’s downtown Sweat Galleries, visitors will board a van and travel to the studio in small groups. Tours will depart from the museum, and are limited to 10 visitors at a time. Children younger than age 7 are not allowed on the tour.
Visitors are encouraged to see the new exhibition “Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine,” on view beginning Saturday, before departing for the studio tour. In addition, the museum has a display of Homer memorabilia in the Sweat Galleries, including paintbrush handles found at the studio, his easel and paintbox.
Tours will depart from the museum at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. and at 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The tour vans will follow a scenic route to the studio in Scarborough (12 miles from downtown Portland) to give visitors a taste of the Maine coast and Homer’s surroundings.
Each tour will last about 2 1/2 hours and costs $55 ($30 for museum members).
Tours will continue through Dec. 2 and resume in April. Tours are already sold out through October, so it’s highly recommended that people make reservations well in advance of their planned visit.
For details, reservations and other information, visit portlandmuseum.org or call 775-6148.