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Address: Congress Street, Portland, ME
Activities: Nightlife

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Arts District is Still a Work in Progress

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2013
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Portland is a charming little city facing the sea. Nice cobalt streets and brick architecture. Several local shops and small restaurants.But it doesn't deserve a detour. There are so many beautiful things to see around. The arts district is not particularly exciting.

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Portland, Maine
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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
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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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

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

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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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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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Address: Address: Congress Street, Portland, ME
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland

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