Visit the PMA

With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art is the cultural heart of Portland, Maine.

The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine—highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special members-only events, Free School Tours, and a commitment to family activities, to PMA Movies, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.

Your Museum, Reimagined closure in 2016

Please note that the PMA will be closed from Monday, January 4, 2016 through Thursday, January 21, 2016, for renovation of the galleries and reinstallation of the collection as part of the Your Museum, Reimagined project. When the museum reopens at 5 p.m. on January 22, visitors will be treated to all-new, in-gallery experiences that will encourage deep and thoughtful engagement with the artworks while unifying the diversity of the collection and vision of the PMA.

Click here for more information on Your Museum, Reimagined.

Special Events at the PMA


#ThirdThursPMA is a monthly party at the PMA with live music, special programming, and community collaborations. It happens on the third Thursday of every month, is open to the public, and included in your museum admission—it's always free for members. Stay up late with us as we keep our galleries open until 8 p.m., giving #ThirdThursPMA partygoers an after-hours viewing experience of our extensive collection and special exhibitions. Start your weekend early with #ThirdThursPMA.

#ThirdThursPMA is supported by the Contemporaries, a membership circle for art enthusiasts ages 21 to 45.

Free Fridays

Every Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the PMA is free to the public. Join the community in our galleries and watch our calendar for special Free Friday events. Special exhibition surcharges may apply.

Free Fridays are made possible through the generous support of Patricia and Cyrus Hagge.

Plan Your Visit

Photo by Patryce Bak

About Portland

With historic buildings and brick sidewalks atop a peninsula in island-studded Casco Bay, Portland is consistently rated among America’s finest small cities. Portland boasts architecture that spans from the 19th century to the modern day, a working waterfront, a diverse population, and more restaurants per capita than nearly any other city in other country. Proximity to Boston and Canada, as well as Maine’s coast and mountains, make Portland a destination for residents and travelers of all ages, while institutions such as the Portland Museum of Art — in addition to Maine’s storied history as a home for artists and art colonies — confirm Portland’s position in the greater cultural landscape.  

Hotels We Recommend

There are a host of lodging options in Portland and the surrounding region, but these hotels and inns are at the top of our list.

Getting Here

The PMA is located at Seven Congress Square in Portland, at the intersection of High, Congress, and Free streets.


Public parking lots are located on High, Free, and Spring streets. The Spring Street/Civic Center garage (45 Spring Street; $1.75 per hour) and the Holiday Inn By the Bay Parking lot at (40 Spring Street; $1.75 per hour) are both located fewer than two blocks from the PMA.

Metered street parking costs $1 per hour. It is free after 6 p.m. and all day Sunday.

Handicapped Parking: Registrant vehicles bearing disabled plates or placards are exempt from meter fare and are entitled to park for twice the posted time limit at a meter or time zone. More information can be found here.

Weekend PMA visitors may park in the adjacent MaineHealth parking lot on Free Street for $5:

Information on the City of Portland's Spring Street Reconstruction

Portland is undergoing exciting growth and change, and projects are underway to improve our city’s accessibility and to make our community more pedestrian friendly, welcoming, and aesthetically pleasing. One such project is the Spring Street Reconstruction. During the construction phase of this project, please be aware that from mid-August until approximately mid-October of 2015, there will be temporary street closures and lack of parking on the segment of Spring Street between Temple and State streets. Parking can be found on Free Street, in one of several lots or garages, or on one of the many cross streets that run perpendicular to Spring Street. Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience to our visitors. For more information on the Spring Street reconstruction, click here.

Helpful Tips

The Portland Museum of Art is accessible to everyone. We want your visit to be as comfortable as possible, and have tips on everything from accessing our barrier-free options to bringing children to getting around our galleries.

PMA Café

A taste of Portland's renowned food scene, in the heart of a museum.

Featuring everything from espresso to hearty lunches to early-evening cocktails, the PMA Café by Aurora Provisions supplies visitors with locally sourced food and drink, embodying another jewel in Portland’s impressive dining landscape. Whether meeting a friend for coffee or enjoying an artisanal sandwich with your laptop and our free WiFi, the PMA Café offers dining in the unique atmosphere of an art museum—and no admission is required to enjoy it. Open museum hours.

PMA Store

Offering Maine's largest selection of art books, and so much more.

The PMA Store carries a variety of exclusive products that are locally designed and regionally crafted, which are stocked alongside the state’s largest selection of art books and an eclectic assortment of art-based products from around the world. Each and every purchase supports PMA operations, enabling the museum to enhance the lives of its visitors and offer educational programming to Maine’s schoolchildren. Open museum hours; no admission is required to shop at the PMA Store. 


Docent Tour

Our Docent tours are led by avid art-lovers and trained experts. They are perfect for groups of 10 or more and can be scheduled in advance—ideal for family reunions, company retreats, and even wedding parties! They’re a great way to make your visit more personalized and private.

More Tours

We also provide Cell Phone Tours—for those times you’d like to go your own way and explore the museum individually. Ask about Cell Phone Tours at the Visitor Experience Desk.

Gallery Talks, Curator Talks, Artist Talks, and PMA Picks all provide insight on current exhibitions, specific galleries, and individual works in the museum; a calender of future talks can be found here.

Winslow Homer Studio tours offer a unique perspective on Maine’s most famous painter by providing insight into his home and studio, along the rugged shores of Prouts Neck.

If you're an educator you can bring your students in for a Free School Tour, which can be scheduled here.

The PMA is open until 9:00 pm today.
Schedule through Columbus Day:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Third Thursdays: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Fridays: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm



$12  |  adults

$10  |  seniors & students

$6  |  youth ages 13 to 17

Children under 12 are free

$5 surcharge will apply to special exhibitions

Free on Friday evenings
from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Free for members