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Exhibition gallery

The Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center presents exhibitions year round, featuring contemporary work from New England artists and historic material from Historic New England's archives. Admission to the visitor center is free.

Current Exhibition
Upcoming Exhibition
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Current Exhibition

 White Island Light

The Camera's Coast

See images from the Historic New England collection depicting life along the New England coast in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

First and third Saturdays through January 7, 2017
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, South Berwick, Maine


Upcoming Exhibition

Make History: Community as Classroom

Students from Berwick Academy become interpreters of Sarah Orne Jewett House and develop their own personal meanings of the story of the house through interpretations in writing, art, and music.

First and third Saturdays, January 21 to May 6, 2017
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, South Berwick, Maine

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 26, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Past Exhibitions

Exhibition gallery

New England Village: Rethinking Regional Identity

June 3 - September 11, 2016
In this juried show, local artists explore the meaning of regional identity in a globalized world. Read the call to artists and apply.

Sugarloaf by Kerry Michaels

A Gateless Garden: Quotes by Maine Women Writers

January 16 - May 22, 2016
For over two hundred years, Maine has inspired women to write. This exhibition pairs quotations from published works by Maine women writers with black and white images by photographer Kerry Michaels.

Gathering Water Lilies at Chase's Pond

Capturing Maine: Photographs from the Collection of Historic New England

September 4, 2015 - January 2, 2016
Highlights from Historic New England's vast photography collection showcase centuries of change in Maine.

Little Beasts of the Field

June 5 - August 30, 2015
This exhibition showcases new work by students of Berwick Academy, a pre-K to 12 private school located near the Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center in South Berwick, Maine.



The Preservation Movement Then and Now

January - May 2015
Discover the history of the preservation movement in New England. This engaging panel exhibition highlights the unsuccessful effort to save Boston’s Hancock House in 1863, which was the early catalyst for preservation in the region. 

Learn how the movement evolved to include saving buildings of architectural interest and those associated with historic people and events, including those in southern Maine. Find out about the preservation movement of today, which has expanded to include twentieth-century buildings, streetscapes, neighborhoods, and open spaces.


Sherry Palmer
Here by the Sea: Contemporary Art of the Piscataqua

June 1 - October 12, 2014
This juried exhibition presents new work by more than two dozen artists from New Hampshire and southern Maine.