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With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art is the cultural heart of Portland, Maine. The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine—highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special members events, Free School Tours, and a commitment to family activities, to PMA Films, curator talks, and tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.

In 2022, the museum launched The PMA Blueprint: Building a Landmark for the Future, a $100M campus expansion and unification project that will more than double the size of the PMA’s campus as well as the museum’s economic impact throughout the region. Designed by LEVER Architecture, a new mass timber, landmark building will be a pillar of sustainable design and a catalyst for climate-safe construction in Maine. Sparked by the current growth of the collection, record attendance and community feedback, and new opportunities to expand and unify its campus, the Portland Museum of Art stands ready to embark on what will be its most ambitious and pioneering era yet.
Excellent
4.6
Based on 1819 reviews
Christian Ostheimer
Staff is exceptionally helpful, friendly and proactive. Decent size, number and variety of exhibits including sculptures, painting and furniture. Covers classic, modern and contemporary art. Museum includes beautifully and diligently restored McLellan historic house with fabulous interior restoration work and stunning flying staircase. Museum incl. historic house is fully wheelchair accessible.
Natalia Banasik-Jemielniak
Very nice musem. A little bit of everything. I spotted one pice of Picasso. Some local artist, too. Fantastic person working at the museum, who was super helpful and engaging in the conversation.
Dariusz Jemielniak (Pundit)
A delightful, tiny museum with super friendly staff and well thought through exhibitions
Stephen Priest
Four floors of 🎨 artwork you can approach and study. History cards are next to the paintings, vases, sculptures, antiques and other items. It gives you information ℹ️ not only about the art but a little insight to the artist as well. Monet, Picasso,Kandinsky and many other artists' artwork being accessible was thrilling!I liked how the building was set up to use the lighting inside. The large windows added to my enjoyment because I could take a break and look out on the city 🏙️ and watch the activity. I wonder 🤔 how the inside would have looked on a bright 🌞 sunny ☀️ day?There is a garden with artwork outside. A cafe with plenty of seating is available. The bathroom was in good condition. A gift shop with books 📚 on art 🎨 and an elevator 🛗 for the handicapped is also available. Security was constantly walking around.I was limited on time to study everything due to the time I could purchase for parking 🅿️. Two hours is enough time to see 🙈 everything but not to read everything and watch the lectures on the flat screens.I want to return in the spring 🌱 or early summer! I am recommending a visit to everyone!
Stephen Priest
Four floors of 🎨 artwork you can approach and study. History cards are next to the paintings, vases, sculptures, antiques and other items. It gives you information ℹ️ not only about the art but a little insight to the artist as well. Monet, Picasso,Kandinsky and many other artists' artwork being accessible was thrilling!I liked how the building was set up to use the lighting inside. The large windows added to my enjoyment because I could take a break and look out on the city 🏙️ and watch the activity. I wonder 🤔 how the inside would have looked on a bright 🌞 sunny ☀️ day?There is a garden with artwork outside. A cafe with plenty of seating is available. The bathroom was in good condition. A gift shop with books 📚 on art 🎨 and an elevator 🛗 for the handicapped is also available. Security was constantly walking around.I was limited on time to study everything due to the time I could purchase for parking 🅿️. Two hours is enough time to see 🙈 everything but not to read everything and watch the lectures on the flat screens.I want to return in the spring 🌱 or early summer! I am recommending a visit to everyone!
Valerie Flanagan
Rich variety of accessible art. Respectfully displayed in a comfortable environment. A bit pricey but edifying.
Rebecca Latella
$20 entry fee, very spacious, seating around. There is an attached historic home from 1801 that you can go in that has historic items. There is a mixture of types of art and from different time periods and cultures. For my personal taste I enjoyed the art museum in Brunswick more, I found the artwork there more engaging and moving. Everyone has their own taste though!
Elliot Dater-Roberts
Got in for free on a Friday which was great. I love this museum, while it’s not my favorite, I find it an enjoyable experience. A little short compared to what I’m used to, but it always has some interesting medium’s on display for its special exhibits. It is also a little bit to vertical and I wish it was more spaced out but that’s personal preference.
Cassidy
We had a wonderful time visiting on Indigenous Peoples' Day. Really appreciated the emphasis on Native and Black voices and art
citrussunrises
This museum was a delight to visit! We had middling expectations and were blown away. It had a fantastic collection of compelling art. It was well designed and well laid out. It had helpful and personable staff. I cannot recommend this enough. My friend calls it fantastic and that it has zero problems. Also! They're working very hard to make it physically accessible. There's frequent seating as well as portable stools and seats. It has an elevator and a wheelchair lift for smaller stairs.
Paul Vanasse
The Art Museum of Portland, Maine was a great experience in local and international art.There were many Winslow Homer originals on display. There were many Winslow Homer originals on display. He was an American painter, best known for his marine subjects. He is considered one of the best American painters of the 19th century.I was taken by the mastery of the paintings throughout my tour, and I snapped some close-ups to show the details.There are also fantastic sculptures, models, and other various forms of art exhibited in different rooms.If you are looking for a break, there is a café at the basement level that sells adult beverages and snacks with some limited seating.If you are in Portland, ME and love art, make sure to put the Portland Museum of art on your itinerary.
Heather K. Powers she-they (HKpowerStudio)
This museum happened to be free on the rainy Saturday we went in June. I really loved the powerful way the art, crafts & decorative objects were juxtaposed in each room of the permanent collection (Passages in Americn Art). The Elizabeth Columbo exhibition, Mythologies, was also wonderful!
Josh M
This museum's Free Friday is the best venue around. Admittance is free in the afternoon for everyone. My girlfriend and I happened to visit while grad students from Julliard were giving a classical music presentation and performance. The music contributed greatly to the atmosphere of the museum. For this reason, I give the museum 5 stars.As for the museum as a whole: everyone has different tastes in art, so I won't judge the museum purely on my own artistic preference. The museum features a wide variety of mediums and styles; there were plenty of pictures, abstract art, and impressionist/realist paintings--our favorites--situated in logical traffic lanes for easy viewing. Pleased to see some Homer, Degas, and Whistler in little old Portland, Maine. It was clean and well maintained. Great date night.
Yulia Berry
It has a few great masterpieces that I really enjoyed. For my taste - a little too much of modern art. Would love to see more of older art (at least as temporary exhibits), photo exhibitions.The German exhibit was excellent and intense. Recommend to visit at least once!
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