Welcome to the Portland Museum of Art!


Summer is here, and on behalf of everyone at the PMA, I’d like to welcome back all of our out-of-state visitors who reside in Maine seasonally or come to Maine only during these months. Your commitment from afar is much appreciated, and we look forward to seeing you soon. We certainly have an exciting summer planned for you—and, naturally, for our visitors who live in Maine year-round—with exhibitions and programming geared to art lovers of all ages.

Everyone at the PMA is extremely excited about our major summer exhibition, Richard Estes’ Realism. This is the first retrospective of Estes’ paintings in the U.S. since his exhibition at the PMA in 1991. Many of our visitors have been hoping for a major realism show, and the early buzz about this one is absolutely sensational.

I’m also thrilled to share the news that starting June 19, the PMA will be open until 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. You have been asking for more non-traditional hours to visit (in addition to the ever-popular Free Fridays), and your message was received—we are pleased to offer “Third Thursdays” for special events and evening strolls through the galleries. Whether it's for a family night out, a date night, or a post-workday visit, join us! Use #ThirdThursPMA and #PtldMuseumofArt to keep up with all the action and to share your experience online. We look forward to welcoming you to the museum on Third Thursdays.

Summer is also a time to relax, recharge, and create memories with friends and family—the perfect time to stop by the PMA Family Space and check out the installations, activities, and events.

Visit soon and visit often. See you at the PMA!


Mark Bessire