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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. For Portland Museum of Art and beyond, use our Portland vacation generator to get the most from your Portland vacation.
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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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  • This is an amazing art collection. The quality of the collection is unexpected for a smaller city. If you live in Portland and haven't been to the PMA well, put it on the list for your next dating adv...  more »
  • This museum is in constant flux offering a variety of amazing works of art by great artists and hosted by extremely knowledgeable docents. Fine Art, Sculptures, Unique Installations. Something for eve...  more »
  • I love going to the Portland Museum of Art on Friday nights because after 5 it's free to get in. What a wonderful collection, especially the Winslow Homer section.  more »
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  • Although it is small for a museum, I actually liked it quite a bit. There were lots of fun quirky pieces. The 4th floor especially is quintessential Maine. They also have a darling giftshop and a nice cafe with a neat magnetic building block activity meant for kids that my husband and I actually got a kick out of.
  • I went on a Friday. It turns free at 4, which was a great bonus-- had accidentally perfect timing. Collection has a bit of everything. A good place to spend a couple hours
  • One of the best art museums I can recall visiting. Not only were there excellent selections but the text illuminating them was actually interesting. Where many museums have dry text about unnecessary facts, or not much information at all, the pieces here generally have interesting info about the process, or stories about how something came to be made, or context about the creator. It makes a huge difference in the experience.
  • Had a great time here! I particularly liked the sculpture exhibit: New American Sculpture, 1914-1945 featuring Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach. Also enjoyed the sculptures outside, especially Celeste Roberg's Rising Cairn.
  • I really enjoyed the paintings. I also was moved by the drowned pearl diver scupture, Andrew and NC Wyeth, Edward Hopper,Marsten Hartley and other students of Robert Henri. I also enjoy the off beat humor of Henri Magritte. Most of all, I was excited by the Managiary plywood carvings on 4th floor. I forgot the artists name but he died in 1977. Please forgive spelling I am pecking this out on phone.