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Brighten up this dismal weather with a stop or two or seven along the The Maine Art Museum Trail.

Why: More than 53,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary, are displayed at the seven leading art museums; that’s plenty to keep you busy and there have to be a few that are sunny and bright

Where and how much: Oh there’s definitely one within striking distance for a day trip, and most are free or have free hours. But even if you have to shell out a few bucks, it’s worth it to see the works inside.

Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, free admission

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, free admission

Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, free admission

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, free on Sundays from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., otherwise $12 adults, !$0 seniors and students 17 and older, free ages 16 and younger.

Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, $7 adults, $5 seniors, $4 seniors, under 12 free

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, free 5–9 p.m. Friday evenings, otherwise $10 adults, $8 seniors and students with I. D., $4 youth 6–17, under 6 are free

• University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, free admission

Who: On display are works by  the many artists who have summered or worked in Maine. These include Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Rockwell Kent, Louise Nevelson, Fairfield Porter, and Alex Katz. Also displayed are treasures ranging from European masterpieces by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, and Pablo Picasso to Greek and Roman sculpture, early American silver and furniture, and contemporary textiles, prints, ceramics, and sculpture.