With colder temperatures setting in, it’s a great time to visit indoor destinations that show off Maine culture. The Portland Museum of Art is a gem of our state’s arts scene, with impressive permanent collections and visiting exhibitions. It’s a perfect place to wander around for a day exploring the galleries that contain more than 18,000 works of notable art. Collection highlights include modern masterpieces by Jasper Johns, European Impressionism by Renoir and Cassatt, and the works of contemporary artists. And that’s all on top of the celebrated collection of Winslow Homer, one of the most important American painters of the 19th century.
One of my favorite things about the museum is that it offers free admission every Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. so that everyone in the community has the opportunity to enjoy the art and space. There’s even more community outreach on the horizon as PMA finalizes design plans for a new building and architectural reunification of its existing campus, a major project that has involved local voices since launching in June. The expansion will make our downtown museum more attractive for world-class exhibitions and an even more welcoming place for visitors.
Learn more about visiting or becoming a member of the Portland Museum of Art here.