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Portland Museum of Art, Portland

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Portland Museum of Art houses one of the largest collections in the region, with over 17,000 paintings and objects. The museum, founded in 1882, is also one of the oldest in the area. Celebrating local artists as well as international ones, the museum features a State of Maine Collection with artists such as Winslow Homer and Marsden Hartley. You can visit the studio of Winslow Homer where he lived and painted from 1883 to 1910 and learn about the artistic heritage of the artist and the area. Add Portland Museum of Art to your Portland travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Portland trip planner.
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  • I have been taking my daughter, Dominique to the art museum since she was about 7 years old. I can and have spent hours soaking all the ambience of the new and old exhibits. My only issue came last Ap...  more »
  • My husband and I planned our trip to see the Winslow Homer paintings. We were thrilled to see "Weatherbeaten." We will definitely go to see his studio in the spring. We also enjoyed the carved birds. ...  more »
  • For those of you who appreciate fine art from all periods, be sure to visit the Portland Museum of Art. An excellent place to spend an afternoon regardless of the weather. It's interesting how the ori...  more »
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  • I love going to art museums in some of the smaller cities around the U.S. and seeing some great art, and this place did not disappoint. A good collection, and it is well-curated. Nice pieces both inside and outside, as well as a historical building attached to the museum where you can see a bit of the past in Portland, which was fun. A good addition for art lovers for any trip to Portland!
  • Not much of an art buff but still a good museum. One issue I did have was one of the security guards was literally following me around the first floor. I guess I look like a world class art thieve. I understand you have a job to do but split your time with other people.
  • Awesome. What a gem. Can't rate highly enough. Highlight of Portland. Memorable French works of art. Modern installations,as,well,good gift shop. A Picasso
  • I was quite surprised by the huge and diverse collection, with works by Monet, Picasso, and Warhol figuring prominently. We planned to be here for an hour but ended up staying for two. While impressive, it would have been nice to see a section of the museum dedicated to local artists, especially the up-and-coming ones who need a venue to showcase their art. The museum is housed in three interconnected buildings, two of which form the McLellan-Sweat Mansion, a national historic landmark. The other building, named after native son Charles Shipman Payson, was added in the 1980s and houses the main entrance. Finding street parking was a challenge. After several futile attempts, we finally settled for the Spring Street Parking Garage a block away.
  • Almost fully accessible- the top floor is not, but all of he rest is easily wheelchair-able. I had trouble finding the wheelchair entrance, but except for the heavy doors, the front door is accessible. A wonderful place to spend a few hours (free on Friday afternoon!). A nice cafe on the bottom floor.

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You'll discover a number of hotels in Portland's waterfront area--one of the city's liveliest neighborhoods--that offer proximity to a selection of restaurants and bars. If bed and breakfasts are more your style, look to the city's West End, where a number of establishments sit alongside fine 19th-century mansions. Those interested in staying in Munjoy Hill can find a number of vacation rentals there.
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