For Schools

For School and Youth Groups

Our educational experiences for pre-K to 12th grade students use authentic works of art to inspire and encourage critical thinking and to make real-world connections. The tours are led by docent educators who use conversation, inquiry, and interactive, hands-on activities and Visual Thinking Strategies to explore themes relevant to your students. Tour experiences are customizable, so students and teachers can connect classroom curriculum with specific artworks, topics, eras, or people—or just come here to experience something completely new.

Visits are Available:

  • Memorial Day through October 31, Monday through Friday
  • November 1 through Memorial Day, Wednesday through Friday
  • One hour long
  • Between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To book your visit:

1. Review the School Tour Visits Frequently Asked Questions
2. Choose your tour theme
3. Complete the tour request form 
4. Wait for your confirmation email which includes your tour date and time as well as helpful information for teachers, chaperones, and students.
5. Portland Public Schools, fill out your Culture-Club Portland Bus Reimbursement Form and send PMA your transportation invoice. Other Maine schools visit Ticket to Ride to see about transportation reimbursement.
6. Get excited about your visit! Review the Museum Manners with students, read up on Chaperone Guidelines, and take a look at our online collection catalogue

Free School Tours is made possible by Arthur K. Watson Charitable Trust, Avangrid Foundation, the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, the Onion Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, Unum, and Susie Konkel.

Please call (207) 699-4985 or email with any questions or special requests.



Culture Club-Portland

Through the generous support of an individual donor, PMA has come together with the Portland Stage, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and Portland Ovations to create Culture Club-Portland to advance arts education in our city. Through Culture Club, we inspire students by providing regular access to quality arts, building community, and making the arts a consistent part of students’ education. Culture Club-Portland provides students in the Portland Public School District with the opportunity to participate in the museum’s programs every school year.

All Portland schools receive free visits, including transportation, to and from the PMA.

Culture Club-Portland  programs are generously supported through the philanthropy of an anonymous benefactor, The Old Bug Light Foundation, and the Ernie Ayer Education Foundation. 


For more information about Culture-Club Portland, click here.