McCurdy Smokehouse Museum and Mulholland Market Gallery
Historical Museum, Art Gallery and Gift Shop
50 Water Street
Lubec, Maine 04652
- Open: June - September
- Specialty: Museum, Rotating exhibits of variety of arts and crafts, gift shop
- Price Range: $1 - $1000
- Accessible: Call
The Historic McCurdy's Herring Smokehouse complex, owned since 1996 by Lubec Landmarks, Inc. (a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable corporation), is a unique site in both Maine and the United States.
We operate a museum, the Historic McCurdy Smokehouse Museum currently located in our Skinning/Packing Shed. In it, visitors discover how herring were smoked and processed. We employ former employees of the McCurdy smokehouse who use their firsthand knowledge to explain and demonstrate some of the processes of the herring smokehouse industry. We charge a modest entrance fee ($4) to help pay for our museum docents - the only paid workers in our organization. The gallery and gift shop are staffed completely by unpaid volunteers. Commissions from these sales are our main source of income for maintaining our buildings. We have a crew of unpaid volunteers who serve on the Preservation Committee and are responsible for maintaining our buildings. We also have a crew of unpaid volunteers on the Grounds Committee who are responsible for our gardens and grounds.
We also have an art gallery and gift shop in our Mulholland Brothers Market building, which was built in the late 1860s and was a grocery store for many years before it served as a storage building for the smokehouse operation.
We’re open June 16 through September 14 and we have a series of art exhibitions during the summer months, and we also sell craft items from local artisans in our gift shop.
The 2022 Mulholland Market Gallery schedule:
June 16–June 28
Coleen O’Connell - Gyotaku Fish Printing and Botanical Prints, Opening Reception 5-7 p.m. Sat. June 18th
June 30–July 19
Jason Overby - Nature and Landscape Photography, Opening Reception 5-7 p.m. Sat. July 2nd
July 21–Aug 9
Michael Chesley Johnson, Opening Reception 5-7 p.m. Sat. July 23rd
Aug 11 – 30
Gretchen Mead, Heidi Herzberger and Jeanne Backhaus - Artwork from Nature, Opening Reception 5-7 p.m. Sat. Aug 13
Sept 1 – 14
Anne Hopkins, Opening Reception 5-7 p.m. Sat. Sept 3
The Gallery is accessible, the Museum is not wheelchair accessible.