Founded as the Portland Society of Art in 1882, the Portland Museum of Art is the oldest and largest public art institution in the state of Maine. Located in the downtown district of the city known as The Arts District, the museum houses a collection of over 17,000 decorative and fine arts objects dating from the 18th century to the present.
These works are separated into different genres, such as the State of Maine Collection, the European Collection, the American-art based Elizabeth B. Noyce Collection, with works by Homer, Rodin, Degas, Bellows and Wyeth.
The Museum boasts three architecturally significant buildings that unite three centuries of American art and culture, with the Charles Shipman Payson Building standing as the face of the museum since it opened in 1983. If you are looking for great things to do in Maine, this unique museum is a must-see.
The museum also hosts a number of educational programs and events throughout the year, such as gallery talks, PMA movies, and special exhibitions.
Seven Congress Square, Portland, Maine 04101, Phone: 207-775-6148
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