Worth spending an hour or two here. There is an eclectic mix of work and the paintings are well displayed. I was advised to start on the fourth flor and work my way down. I did as advised although I did not spend that much time on the fourth floor as this is art work connected with the American Civil War. I was really impressed with the exhibition of work by Iraqi artist Ahmed Alsoudari which is on display until early December.
Admission is $12.00. The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00am until 05:00pm. If you are in Portland on a Friday evening then admission is free between the hours of 05:00pm and 09:00pm.
The Portland Museum of Art is not a very big museum, but it's got an interesting collection. Dating back to 1882, it is the state's oldest and largest art museum and it is comprised of three historic buildings that represent three centuries of art and architecture: the 1801 federal-style McLellan House is connected to the 1983 Post-Modern Charles Shipman Payson Building (designed by I.M. Pei & Partners, well known for the Pyramid at the Louvre) by the 1911 Beaux-Arts L.D.M. Sweat Memorial Galleries.
The collection includes work from American and European painters representing several movements, including Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Modernism, Cubism, Surrealism, Realism and Contemporary Art. For me, it was a chance to get better acquainted with American arts, and I especially liked being able to compare American with French Impressionism. The Arts of the New Republic and American Landscape galleries also made it possible to see the work of several painters from Maine, and see the area as it was 200 years ago through their art.
During summer, the museum is opened every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (late nights on Friday). Admission is $10 for adults, $4 for students and children. The museum staff is very friendly and will make sure to help you enjoy your visit!
Portland Museum of Art - founded in 1882, is home to decorative and fine arts from the 18th century to present, including works by Homer, Wyeth, and Hartley. This structure is under renovation, the newer building to the rear houses the permanent exhibit and was designed by I.M. Pei.