Maine has long been known for its ability to inspire artists, and the islands of the Gulf of Maine have been particularly associated with the production of fine arts and crafts. Archipelago, the Island Institute store and gallery, showcases a broad and unique collection of handmade art, craft and design that represents the very best of Maine's islands and coastal communities.

Since Archipelago opened in 2000, we have returned nearly $1.5 million to Maine’s artists and makers, providing an important component of the Institute’s work to sustain the economic viability of these special places by diversifying local economies. 

Shop Archipelago and you will find delightfully special and one-of-a-kind items. You’ll also be helping to support one of Maine's greatest natural assets: its island and working waterfront communities.

Remember, Archipelago is ever-changing, just like the seasons of Maine.

Artists and Makers Conference

Archipelago organizes an annual Artists and Makers Conference, where Maine artists can learn about business planning, website development, pricing, marketing, and more. 

This year's conference in April was a huge success with over 135 participants coming from all 4 corners of the state - Kennebunk to Houlton, Machiasport to Bethel. We're so grateful to be able to provide programming that resonates with so many artists.

Read a blog post about the 2016 conference

Winter Hours: (January through May)

Tuesday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Summer Hours: (June through December)

Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.