Overview of the Collections

The collections the Tides Institute & Museum of Art (TIMA) are extensive and wide ranging – from historical to contemporary, from the 18th century to today. The collections have a particular focus on art, broadly conceived, but also have strong interests with architecture and history. The focuses of the collections are on the U.S./Canada northeast coast with connections to the broader world. The collections include paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture; Passamaquoddy and Mi’Kmaq basketry and other art and craft; architectural drawings, documentation and artifacts; ship models; maps; decorative arts (furniture, clocks, silver, glass, textiles); musical instruments; oral history recordings and graphic arts. The collections also include a related specialized reference library of books, pamphlets, manuscripts and ephemera. TIMA’s campus of eight historic buildings, ranging in date from 1819 to the 1890s, is also an extension of its collections. Cataloging and documentation of the collections is ongoing. To browse and search a portion of the collections available online, click here: Collections.


“End of Day” by Sandor Bernath.

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