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Sea of Stories

Step into Kennebunk’s past through the “audio time machine” in the second-floor galleries. The exhibition, titled “Sea of Stories: History Through Art & Archives,” is now open and will run through December 2022.

Using historic portraits and paintings from the Brick Store Museum’s permanent collection, many of which are rarely on display, Museum staff paired these portraits with archival documents (letters, diaries, etc.) written by the portrait subjects to allow visitors a peek inside the minds of historic townspeople. Volunteers from the Kennebunk community recorded audio performances of the documents, lending their voices to bring this history to life.

When visitors use their smart phone (or a similar device loaned by the Museum) and aim the camera at the accompanying QR code, the experiences and emotions related to the images and objects come to life.

For over 85 years, the Brick Store Museum has endeavored to collect, protect, and share individual and community stories.  What better way to ignite personal connections to local history, art, and culture than to hear the actual words of those who were here long ago?  The artifacts on exhibit in “Sea of Stories” give context to Kennebunk’s shipbuilding and industrial past.  Personal stories of historical figures, including children and immigrants, make clear that emotions such as fear, happiness, anger, and loneliness are timeless.

The second-floor galleries are accessible by staircase.  Further accessibility for the exhibit will be announced soon. The Museum is open six days per week (closed only Mondays).


Hear the recordings online! Scroll below to hear all of the letters and diaries featured in the exhibition: