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Address: Congress Street, Portland, ME
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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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West Warwick, Rhode Island, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Love this part of Old Portland. So much to see and the art is fabulous. We have gone there now for 5 years and always find something new.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We went to Portland , Maine Art Walk, on August 7 , and it is held - First Friday of each month, 5:00 to 8:00 pm... Very special. Congress Street , downtown Portland, Maine was supposed to be shut off to traffic during the Art Walk but .... ahem... it was not.. Nonetheless, this event is a great visit... Gallery's... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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New Hampshire
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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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Atlanta, Georgia
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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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