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Arts District

Address: Congress Street, Portland, ME
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Ranked #41 of 51 Attractions in Portland
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Activities: Nightlife
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Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Activities: Nightlife

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Portland, Maine
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387 reviews 387 reviews
245 attraction reviews
334 helpful votes 334 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Portland’s Arts District, even though it was still very much a work in progress. Its major draws were Portland Museum of Art, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Maine College of Art, and Institute of Contemporary Art. During a late summer First Friday Art Walk along Congress Street, I browsed several of the many... More 

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Portland, Maine
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Lots of things to see and do; lots of energy and plenty of art. Well-organized maps and listings of exhibits and art. Make an evening of it and buy some art! Can be crowded but it's a friendly (and awfully literate) crowd.

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Naples, Maine
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Why do we rarely ever get amazing artists who are not "has been?" I guess if you are now on the D list Portland, Maine will still have ya! It's too bad we have to drive to Boston or N.Y if we want to see a great concert or play.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

run down and little to no arts. The occasional gallery, but mostly buildings in need of renovations and lots of homeless.

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Peaks Island, Maine
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84 reviews 84 reviews
32 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

Spend a first Friday night exploring Portland's art scene and you will see for yourself!!!

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New Hampshire
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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

Great fun to wander the whole downtown galleries, art and antique shops

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Atlanta, Georgia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
30 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2011

My husband and I had lunch in the Portland Arts District after visiting the Old Port. There are definitely fewer tourists and a more neighborhood/office worker crowd in this area along Congress Street near Monument Square. We had a leisurely lunch upstairs at the Public Market House (a co-op of six small vendors in a renovated building). Outside in the... More 

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Peaks Island
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

They have a great event called First Friday on the First Friday of every month that you get into the Portland Museum for free and you can visit all the galleries and they serve food and wine. It is a great way to spend a Friday night and all for Free. Excellent

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