How to Book a Tour

The Winslow Homer Studio is only accessible by PMA transportation. Tours must be booked through the PMA, and advance registration is required.

Tours depart from and return to the Portland Museum of Art by luxury van. The entire duration is approximately 2.5 hours. They take place rain or shine and are non-refundable.

There are several ways to book a tour:

Call (207) 775-6148, option 1.
Visit us in person at Seven Congress Square, Portland, Maine.

The Winslow Homer Studio Tour Van is generously sponsored in part by Prime Motor Cars Mercedes-Benz.

Pricing

Winslow Homer Studio Tour prices include admission to the Portland Museum of Art and are:

$65
$40 for PMA members
$25 for students

Group tours of 10 people or more are available at a rate of $60 per person.

Are you a business looking to schedule Winslow Homer Studio Tours for your clients or employees? Business partners get the member rate of $40 per person as opposed to the group rate of $60 person, so join today!

Limited offseason rates of $55, $30 for PMA members, and $50 per-person for groups are available. The offseason runs from April 19 through May 25 and Oct. 18 through Oct. 31.

Dates

Tours are available from April through October on select days of the week, depending on the season and availability.

Accessibility

Tours for people with limited mobility are available, but please note that access to some parts of the studio will be difficult. Call for details.
Children under 7 are not permitted.

About the Winslow Homer Studio

From 1883 to 1910, the American painter Winslow Homer lived and worked in a coastal studio in Prouts Neck, Maine, where he created many of his masterpieces. In 2006, the PMA purchased the property and embarked on a six-year renovation project that restored the building to how it appeared during Homer’s life and, in 2012, opened its doors to the public for the first time.

Winslow Homer Studio Tours put you uniquely in touch with Maine’s artistic heritage, allowing you to walk the floors and balconies where Homer once walked, and to be inspired by the place that inspired one of America’s greatest painters. With its combination of cultural resonance, historical significance, and natural beauty, Winslow Homer Studio Tours offer a singular experience that you will remember for years to come and want to share with others.

Take a Winslow Homer Studio Tour and discover why this location is so crucial to our understanding of Winslow Homer, of American art—and, indeed, of Maine.

Take a tour together

If you’re seeking Maine excursions for a large party, hosting guests, or simply looking to share an afternoon adventure with friends—it’s easy to reserve an entire Winslow Homer Studio for a private group. An entire tour of 12 people is $720 total ($60 per person), or just $480 total ($40 per person) if everyone is a PMA member. To book a whole tour, call (207) 775-6148 with all of the details—the earlier you can make this reservation, the more likely we can accommodate all of your requests.

About Winslow Homer

Widely regarded as one of the greatest American artists of the 19th century, Winslow Homer (1836-1910) also has deep and deeply influential ties to Maine and the Portland Museum of Art. Indeed, the PMA is the “home” of Homer in several important regards: the museum has deep holdings of his works spanning his entire career and it operates the Winslow Homer Studio, a landmark building perched on the rocky coast of Maine in which the artist resided from 1884 until his death.

Born in Boston, Homer began his artistic career in the late 1850s with an apprenticeship in a Boston lithography shop and then as a freelance illustrator working in New York City for popular magazines, such as Harper’s Weekly . He quickly came to national attention for closely observed and perceptive images of modern American life, particularly his Civil War subjects that explore the experiences of rank-and-file soldiers in the Union army and the broader social impact of the sectional conflict. While continuing to produce commercial illustrations until 1875, Homer increasingly concentrated his efforts on oil painting and watercolor. His paintings of contemporary life—including images of the Civil War, rural children, fashionable women, and modern leisure pursuits (such as croquet, hiking, and hunting)—as well as his loosely painted realistic style earned Homer critical acclaim as one of the nation’s most progressive and original artists.

In 1884, shortly after returning from an 18-month sojourn in the English fishing village of Cullercoats, where he painted the daily hardships of local fishermen and women, Homer moved from New York City to Prouts Neck, a small peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic about 12 miles south of Portland. Inspired by the raw beauty of the Maine coast, Homer’s art changed dramatically in theme and mood. He created monumental marine narratives and seascapes that investigate humankind’s life-and-death struggles against the sea and the elemental power of nature. Painted with vigorous brushwork and closely observed realism, these late paintings capture the titanic force of waves crashing against the rocky shore in varying seasons and climactic conditions. Homer’s Maine pictures influenced generations of artists and transformed marine painting in the United States. Highly acclaimed during his lifetime, they continue to be considered among the greatest masterpieces of American art.