Housed in three architecturally impressive, interconnected buildings, the Portland Museum of Art's 18,000 pieces range from fine to decorative arts from the 18th century through to the present.
Visitors will see works by Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, Andrew Wyeth, and more as they peruse the galleries that contain colonial art, postwar pieces, contemporary works of art, and also Maine's largest European art collection.
Things to Do
- Join in a public tour of the museum, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 3:00 p.m. on weekend days.
- Family tours are offered at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays, and evening tours start at 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays.
- Check the calendar for special exhibitions, and educational and cultural activities.
- Travel by bus for a tour of the museum-owned Winslow Homer Studio, located 12 miles south of Portland in Scarborough, Maine.
- During the summer months, kids can appreciate the sculptures on display in the Joan B. Burns Sculpture Garden.
- Visit the museum's gift shop, which is said to have Portland's best selection of art books.
The Portland Museum Insider Tips
- Free admission is available on the fourth Friday of every month from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Visitors must check all backpacks, briefcases, umbrellas, and other packages larger than 11″ x 14″.
- Salads, soups and sandwiches are available at the museum's cafe.
- There are several parking lots close to the museum, and metered parking on nearby streets costs $1 per hour.
- The museum is open from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the third Thursday of every month, for live music, food and special programming.