A New Way To PMA

PMA360 introduces new and unexpected ways to engage with the museum. Performers, artists, scholars, and creative thinkers —PMA staff and featured guests alike—present exclusive gallery experiences, from tours and games to craftmaking and a wide variety of musical, theatrical, and art-based performances.

It's a creative, sometimes surprising, thematic approach, emphasizing that there are endless possibilities for connecting with art. Bring a friend, meet people, learn something new, and have a drink. It’s always free, and always fun.

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All events take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during one Friday every month

Maine Craft Weekend

Friday, September 30
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On the eve of Maine Craft Weekend—a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses, and events—come by the PMA to enjoy artist demonstrations and special gallery talks by local makers.

 
Art Books and Jazz

Friday, October 21
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Taking an inspirational page from The Art Books of Henri Matisse, enjoy an evening of 1930s-style jazz, gallery talks, book-making demonstrations, and hands-on art projects.

 

Whale of a Tale

Friday, November 18
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Inspired by the exhibition Of Whales in Paint: Rockwell Kent's Moby-Dick, the PMA hosts a four-day, marathon-style reading of Herman Melville's masterpiece. Join us for the second night and explore seascapes in the galleries. You may also add your own voice by helping illustrate a copy of the novel in The Workshop!

 
Copper Beech Tree Lighting

Friday, December 2
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Kick off the holiday season with the spectacular lighting of our 100-year-old copper beech tree, a Portland winter tradition that is not to be missed.

PMA360 is always free

PMA360 takes place on select Free Fridays and is always free of charge. Swing by, bring some friends, and have some fun.