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Portland Museum of Art

7 Congress Square, Portland, ME 04101
+1 207-775-6148
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Ranked #4 of 66 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Owner description: With an extensive permanent collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art is rightfully taking its place as the best... more » Owner description: With an extensive permanent collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art is rightfully taking its place as the best regional museum in the country. The PMA boasts a considerable permanent collection, with beloved works of American, European, and Contemporary art, as well as significant holdings of Maine art-highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special member-only events, free school tours, and a commitment to family activities, to PMA Movies, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio-it's all happening at the PMA. « less
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Berkeley, California
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99 reviews 99 reviews
34 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

A wide range of paintings includes several Impressionist and Post-Impressionist pieces. Presentations were excellent with lighting and descriptions. The museum is attached to an historic mansion which has been maintained and restored. Free admission on Friday evenings for a limited duration.

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Maine
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87 reviews 87 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The Richard Eastman exhibit was amazing. We are Contributing Members and came to the museum especially to see this exhibit and have lunch in their terrific cafe. We enjoyed our lunch also. Our visit, however was marred by an over zealous and extremely impolite security guard. First he accused me of the the terrible "offense" of pointing "too close." I... More

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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216 reviews 216 reviews
34 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The breadth, variety, and presentation of regional artists as well as American and European masters on display here is exceptional for small urban art museum. There are enough comfortable benches to allow languishing. The small rooms provide a sense of intimacy often lacking in the grand mausoleums that can be found in larger museums. However, the dysfunctional ceiling height is... More

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Buffalo, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Visited the museum on our trip to Maine. Upon entering, the staff/volunteers are extremely friendly and helpful. The Estes exhibit is tremendous - unbelievable art! The second and third floor also contain great pieces. Well worth the trip!

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Salem, MA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

I most liked the special exhibit of paintings by the Realist painter Richard Estes. There is a lot of variety.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

a variety era arts in a spacious building. Mostly American paintings. a nice gift shop. convenient location.

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Vieques, PR
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This museum has a surprisingly rich collection, particularly of Winslow Homer. We have visited 3 times and continue to enjoy it. It is just the right size, not overpowering in size, but not too small.

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Millbrook, Alabama, USA
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I visited this art museum with friends who are like family, including three children. The museum is very nice. There is a place to eat downstairs. We went after 5:00 p.m. on Friday to take advantage of the free admission at that time. We went to the art museum after taking the children to the nearby Children's Museum of Maine.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We just returned from our annual visit to Portland, which included a return visit to the Museum of Art. The special exhibits are invariably very good and the current Estes is especially strong. Even if you have been to the museum before, this exhibit warrants a return. And, for me, no visit to the museum is complete without spending considerable... More

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Boston
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We popped into the Portland Museum of Art on a Friday night (it was free of charge - thank you Portland!). The retrospective of Richard Estes' work was am amazing take in. The rest of the museum was great too. Loved all of it.

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