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Portland Museum of Art
Ranked #3 of 155 things to do in Portland
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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.
Reviewed June 26, 2013

My husband and I visited the Portland Museum of Art last month during a day trip to Portland. I must admit that I was surprised at how much art was in the museum as well as the quality of the artworks. There were Mary Cassatt, Roy Lichtenstein, and Edward Hopper just to name a few. It was nice to be able to look at the artwork up close, and some were even able to be photographed. There was a restaurant onsite but we did not eat at it so I can not comment on that. There was also a gift shop that had a lot of books, prints, postcards, and jewelry. There was a parking lot next to the building where you could park for i believe 20.00 all day. Overall a good place to visit for a quick art experience.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Small city museum with a wonderful collection. The historical mansion attached is well worth the visit as well as the local antique furniture. Highlighting Maine artists is one of their strong points. Well worth the visit

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

This small museum is the model for its architecture and display. The special shows are almost uniformly good but the permanent collection is three stars - no, make that four stars. A very pleasant café is on the lower level.

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

We visited on a whim, Friday nights are free from 5-8pm - but there was a separate charge for one gallery. Probably one-third of the art is devoted to Maine landscapes or Maine artists. This was a pleasant addition to our visit of the city. The cafe and store both looked good. Attached to the museum is a historic (18th C.?) home you can tour. Museum is kid-friendly; there was a cart set-up with paper and drawing materials and a nice employee to encourage kids to draw as they toured the galleries.

Small but good American gallery with a bit of furniture and portraits (J.S. Sargent). Some early American landscapes (Church, Bierstadt). A funny area with European artists (two Monets, one Miro, one Klee, etc...) where the signage warns you to stay back 18" in order to preserve the art (never saw this before). Since half of the fun of modern art is viewing the brushstrokes and then standing back to embrace the entire work, it is more than a little off-putting to be required to keep the 18" distance. This may be part of the a small-town feeling to the museum - for instance, one guard watched us suspiciously as I explained paintings and technique to my son (perhaps the guards not used to people talking (quietly) about art?) but otherwise we found the guards friendly and helpful.

Part of the fun in these small museums is that you can stumble upon a unusual piece, e.g. there is one truly exquisite Stieglitz painting - pure saturated hues in the modern section - that was unlike anything I have seen of his before.

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Nice museum with a nod to some artists from the state of Maine. It is small, but we still managed to spend a couple of hours walking around. They do allow photos of some of the artwork - if it is not allowed, there is a sign to indicate so.

Thank lojo34
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