Portland Museum of Art
Portland Museum of Art
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
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  • nycmom22
    New York City, New York3,151 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful building
    A small museum that has enjoyed several big benefactors. Thoughtful touches include loaner strollers and wheelchairs plus brochures on every floor. Sometimes you don’t take one at the entrance and then wish you had one upstairs. Wall labels are tremendously socially conscious.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Adelaide
    Norwich, United Kingdom4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting and chill way to spend a Friday afternoon
    I enjoyed my visit to the Portland Museum of Art. I went in the late afternoon on a Friday so it was free (though I think it's always free if you're under 21). There were several galleries that all seemed interesting. In the 90 minutes I was there I visited three of them - Passages in American Art is definitely worth seeing if you visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 19, 2023
  • maryofmassachusetts
    Plymouth, Massachusetts722 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glad I finally spent some time here!
    In the past I've stopped by the gift shop, but this year in my visit to Portland decided to see all of the exhibits at PMA. I really enjoyed browsing through all of the rooms/buildings. Diverse and interesting. Alex Katz, Wedding Dress on exhibit until early June 2024. John Singer Sargent work is on display in Boston currently, so was happy to see several of his works at this museum. Outside ground sculptures are interesting too.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 16, 2023
  • Anshita_S
    Boston, Massachusetts1,620 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good visit
    Spent a lovely afternoon here on a cold weekend and we were pleasantly surprised. It is bigger than I expected with a good collection and lots to see. I don’t understand art too much, but I still had a good time. The facilities were clean and well maintained. It’s modern and elevators to help you access other floors If you are looking for a break, there is a café at the basement level that sells beverages and snacks with some limited seating. All of the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 1, 2024
  • Joe M
    Houston, Texas2,703 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great building design
    Great collection international and local art. The museum has good flows through galleries. It has a lot of natural light. The outdoor sculpture gardens can be viewed from stairways. As the museum has grown it has graphed onto the Mclellan house which has its own history. You should plan on at least 2 to 3 hours. These is a small cafe for light snacks.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2024
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,690 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Solo
The PMA has a terrific focused collection of American and early modernist art. Top works from the most well-known artists. There are also several small special exhibitions. Richard Estes photorealism was especially impressive and a series of Depression-Era photos were also interesting. There is even a small sculpture garden.

Unfortunately, one entire floor of the museum and a historic house that has been attached as another gallery are closed “due to social distancing guidelines.” This is nonsensical. There were only a few dozen people in the entire museum and I had entire galleries to myself most of the time. Patrons are required to wear masks. People clustered in some of the galleries with no effort to socially distance. Why was this ok in some galleries but not others? Why not restrict the number of people in one of the closed galleries to ensure “safety”? Why not put a sign up warning that you might walk by someone wearing a mask and let people decide whether to take the “risk”?

“Because COVID” is insufficient justification for closures at this point. Although 20-40% of the museum is closed, there was no reduction in the admission price. I was charged for 100% of the museum but only was allowed to see 60% of it. Either open up or charge less.
Written September 26, 2021
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newengland50
Franklin, MA467 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
At this time (April 2021), the Museum is accepting reservations for visiting. Although Portland is a small city, the Museum has a national class collection. It ranges from New England artists to works from around the world. The building is well laid out and it is easy to navigate. You will find well-known artists, such as Renoir and Wyeth, and stunning sculptures. It is well worth the trip.

Every staff member was friendly and happy to answer questions. There is also a small gift shop.
Written April 19, 2021
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD9,115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
After seeing the 1860 Victorian Mansion, we drove 2 blocks north to the Holiday Inn’s unused staff parking lot and walked 2 blocks east to this museum. Its in 3 joined parts; 1801 McLellan House, 1911 Sweat addition and the 1983 I. M. Pei Partner’s Payson Building. Inside the latter is reception where after paying $30 by card, we descended to the basement restrooms, then took the elevator to the 3rd floor. Its filled with contemporary art so we soon descended to the 2nd floor’s permanent collection of world class master paintings. Some favorites; 1943 "Dark Harbor Fishermen," by Newell Convers Wyeth, 1784 “Confidences,” by Renoir, 1891 "The Portland,” by Antonio Jacobsen, with its surprising description and 1875 “Uncle Ned at Home,” by Winslow Homer. On the 1st floor’s 2nd addition, we discovered more; 1862 "In the Woods-taking it easy," by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, Rodin statues, an unusual Calder mobile and 1894 “Ulysses S. Grant” statue by Franklin B. Simmons, rejected for the US Capital Rotunda.
This is an outstanding museum for Maine with art interest for nearly everyone.
Written June 13, 2021
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WMVineyard
Topsfield, MA79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Drove up to Portland for the day to take in the N.C. Wyeth exhibition. It was an excellent retrospective of the artist/illustrator's life work. It was a great size...well laid out...good descriptive signage...that told an interesting narrative about the artist. We also toured the four-story IM Pei-designed building after seeing the Wyeth show. It is a great size as it was not overwhelming. There was a varied collection of art with representative pieces from a range of periods and genres. Painting, sculpture and crafts were well represented. It was not crowded so we could move in a leisurely way throughout the building spending as much time as we wanted with specific pieces. We will need to come back to see the rest of the museum and to fully enjoy the museum's sculpture garden without snow on the ground!
Written January 11, 2020
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jeffrey k
Needham, MA587 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This is a small collection, worth around two hours to see it well. The staff is friendly. The systems for protection against covid are well-considered and effective. Bathrooms are clean. Room traffic is monitored. The cafe is open and seems to have good light fare. There is a small but quite nice bookstore.

The actual collection spans mostly western art, and most galleries are open. There is a very interesting room devoted to Maine art and culture, which has representation of Native American art, too. There is a small sculpture garden on High St, worth a visit.

Note that parking is about three blocks away, and it is safe. There is some on-street parking adjacent to the museum, but it is only 2 hr max.
Written September 17, 2020
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Grace Carr L
SF Bay Area372 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We were delighted to learn that there was no admission fee on the Friday we visited. It's a smallish art museum, but the collections are lovely - lots of Maine artists and those who spent time in Maine (Renoir, Picasso, Wyeth, Homer, etc.). Some modern works, too. Part of the museum was undergoing renovation, but all in all it was a nice couple of hours spent on a rainy day.
Written September 24, 2021
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Mmarymomm
Pleasanton, CA1,738 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We spent some time at the Portland Museum of Art looking at the exhibit on Mt. St. Helens and also at the permanent collection of European art. The exhibit on Mt. St. Helens had photographs, paintings, and some technical data. It was very interesting. The European collection has some pieces from as early as the 14th century up through late 19th century. Contemporary art is housed in a separate building which we did not have time to peruse. For a small city I thought that their selections were very good and representative of art from the time period.
Written February 18, 2020
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Amilcar Guzman
Harwood Heights, IL549 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
When I typically visit a museum, I allot an entire morning or afternoon to get situated and take in the artwork. When I am pressed for time, this is one of the things I regret. I found the Portland Museum, however, a breath of fresh air. Easy to get around with a concise layout and beautiful Maine-specific artwork. I highly recommend-especially as a free activity!
Written July 5, 2020
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Bay Dragon
Bar Harbor, ME93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
For a small city art museum, their permanent and travelling exhibits are remarkably rich and diverse. I think that they could be more creative in the way they design the visitor experience. Organizing their permanent collection more or less chronologically feels overly didactic. Excellent little cafe and gift shop.
Written February 11, 2020
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Adderley3C
Worcester, MA941 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
There was a floral arrangement exhibit along side many of the paintings and sculptures. Great place to get out of the freezing temps to relax a bit before taking in more of the city. Well trained staff who could answer most questions. Interesting pieces spread out over 4 floors and a few connecting buildings.
Written February 16, 2020
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