About the PMA

The Portland Museum of Art strives to engage audiences in a dialogue about the relevance of art and culture to our everyday lives and is committed to the stewardship and growth of the collection.

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 events, family activities, and community conversations to PMA Films, curator talks, and tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.

About "Art for All"

Art for All is an initiative that supports the PMA's dedication to being an open, accessible, inclusive, and welcoming museum for all, through exhibitions and programs that reflect our community and create experiences with art that strengthen our bonds and bring us together.

Exhibitions in 2018 that are supported by Art for All include the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial and Painter and Poet: The Art of Ashley Bryan.

If you would like to be a sponsor or donor for Art for All, please email Director of Philanthropy Nina Callanan or call her at (207) 699-4908.

Our Vision Statement

The Portland Museum of Art is an institution steeped in rich cultural history and alert to the opportunities of the future. Our collection guides our exhibitions and educational programs and gives shape to our institutional identity. As a vibrant art institution in the heart of a great American city, we also maintain a steadfast commitment to our community and to our region. PMA audiences can experience the richness of Maine’s artistic legacy and our region’s cultural history, while enlarging their worlds through bridges that extend beyond the borders of Maine and New England. We believe that art can help us understand the vital relationship between the local and the global, and can anchor us as we seek to interpret the most pressing issues of our time.

Across every department, our work at the PMA is informed by our respect for artwork and art makers; by our high level of attention to the complexity of art and history; and by our engagement with our audiences and community, in the past, present, and future.


A Message From Our Director

It’s been a full year since we reopened the museum as the culmination of the multiyear Your Museum, Reimagined project, and in the months that have followed, the response from visitors in our community and beyond has been incredible to witness.

It has truly been a year about openness and accessibility, and I am honored to share that we welcomed more than 160,000 people into the PMA this past year, and 13,000 people attended our PMA Films program. These numbers demonstrate the critical role art plays in everyday life, and now more than ever, people are looking for unique and unexpected experiences with art and ideas.

New ideas are at the heart of the 2018 PMA Biennial, and visitors have told me that the beauty of the artworks and the issues the artists are addressing are timely, necessary, and affecting. For me, one of the most exciting things to hear is that even if someone doesn’t understand or enjoy a specific artwork, they know why it matters and should be on view at the PMA. That is a remarkable sign that our community is open to new experiences, people, and ideas, and is able to come together through the incredible power of art.

As it grows warmer outside, the museum will continue to provide more of these opportunities. The David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park soon opens for its second year, the Winslow Homer Studio begins a new season, and new exhibitions and acquisitions arrive in the galleries. Be sure to see The Robbers: German Art in a Time of Crisis, and take in a noontime talk, a PMA Film, or some of the wonderful programming we have lined up.

More than anything, we want the PMA to be a place where you feel comfortable, welcome, and represented, and we are heartened to hear that you feel this is what you’re getting from your museum. After such a transformative year, we can’t wait to show you what’s ahead.

Thank you,

 Mark H. C. Bessire, Judy and Leonard Lauder Director


Become a Member

Members enable the PMA to provide spectacular programming, unique exhibitions, and remarkable events. They believe in the transformative power of the arts. They value Maine's rich arts community, as well as the region's diversity and the wide range of perspectives you find in the community and at the museum. They appreciate the freedom to visit the PMA anytime, and the ability to share the museum with friends and loved ones.

If this sounds like you, we invite you to explore the many levels of membership available at the PMA and become a part of everything we do.

Museum History & Architecture

Photo by Craig Becker

Originally founded as the Portland Society of Art, the Museum used a variety of exhibition spaces until 1908. That year Mrs. Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat bequeathed her three-story mansion, now known as the McLellan House, and sufficient funds to create a gallery in memory of her late husband, Lorenzo de Medici Sweat. Noted New England architect John Calvin Stevens designed the L. D. M. Sweat Memorial Galleries, which opened to the public in 1911.

Contact Us

Portland Museum of Art
Seven Congress Square
Portland, Maine 04101

Portland Museum of Art
99 Spring Street
Portland, ME 04101

(207) 775-6148
(207) 773-7324 Fax

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Wonderland (GregCookLand.com/Wonderland)
September 5, 2018 |

This fall museums across New England offer Ansel Adams photos, the original sketches for Winnie-the-Pooh, modernist designs by the sculptor Isamu Noguchi, and original artwork for the beloved children’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”