KENNEBUNK, MAINE Ė The Brick Store Museum offers several tours of Kennebunk history during the summer, and recently reinvigorated its Beach History Walking Tour with a schedule change to Saturdays. The Museum currently offers four scheduled tours each week, for visitors and community members to enjoy.
The Kennebunk Beach Walking Tour, launched in 2014, recently began weekly tours on Saturdays at 10 a.m. (previously, the tours were scheduled for Thursdays). Beginning July 20 and running every Saturday through Columbus Day, the Kennebunk Beach Walking Tour leads visitors on a one-hour roundtrip walk past the homes at Kennebunk Beach, exploring the development of tourism at the turn of the century, and the people who lived there. Tickets are $10 per person, and $5 for members, and can be purchased on the day of the tour or in advance. Tours depart from Trinity Chapel on Railroad Avenue, at Kennebunk Beach.
The Kennebunk Historic District Tour takes visitors down Summer Street, famed for its ships captains mansions from the 18th and 19th Centuries. This tour occurs twice a week, scheduled for Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays at 12 p.m. Participants meet in the Museumís lobby at 117 Main St., Kennebunk, and go on a one-mile loop of Summer Street to explore the people and places along the way. Tickets are $10 per person, and free for members.
A Collections Storage Tour is also offered by the Museum, for visitors and locals alike to explore the Museumís behind-the-scenes storage rooms. This tour is schedule every Thursday at 12 p.m., and takes about 45 minutes to complete. The Museum, in existence for over 80 years, has collected (and continues to collect) over 70,000 items relating to Kennebunk history and culture. This tour requires the use of stairs and goes into small spaces. Tickets can be purchased at the Museumís front desk, and are $12 per person, $5 for members.
For more information on these tours and more programs, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org or call (207)985-4802.