PMA Travel Program

Take a trip with the ultimate art insiders: PMA leaders, directors, and curators!

The PMA Travel Program provides one-of-a-kind opportunities to explore art destinations around the globe. From major museums and art institutions to secluded artist studios and rarely seen private collections, seeing the world with the Portland Museum of Art is a unique and unforgettable way to expand your knowledge of the art world.

On PMA trips, you can explore artists’ studios and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, visit stunning private collections and the SF MoMa in San Francisco, or go on behind-the-scenes tours of the Barnes and Brandywine near Philadelphia. These are just some of the recent highlights from the PMA Travel Program, available to members of the Portland Museum of Art at the Sustaining level and above.

Upcoming Trips

The PMA Goes to Washington D.C.
Postponed to spring 2020
More information to follow.








Join the PMA for an art-filled weekend in the nation’s capital and its surroundings. Our trip begins at the Phillips Collection to admire work by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Ellsworth Kelly, in addition to the Rothko Room, a space designed in collaboration with Mark Rothko, featuring four of his paintings. This is followed by an evening Potomac cruise full of national landmarks.

We take a break from the city with a visit to St. Bride’s Farm, the gorgeous private estate of PMA friends Barbara and David Roux, for a guided tour of its contemporary sculpture garden. In Potomac, Maryland, we’ll visit the Glenstone Museum and its blend of modern art and minimalist architecture that is seamlessly integrated into a serene natural setting. Upon our return to D.C., we will enjoy an after-hours, docent-led tour of the Kreeger Museum. We devote a full day to some of the Smithsonian’s great museums, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Our visit concludes with a visit to the vast National Gallery, and the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, where we’ll behold the Peacock Room, a masterpiece of decorative mural art

Please note, this itinerary is subject to change


Contact Ashleigh Hill, Director of Donor Relations and Special Events, for reservations and more information at (207) 494-5346 or

Past Trips


The PMA at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Thursday, July 25 through Friday, July 26, 2019

Image: Jack Lenor Larsen critiques student weavings on the deck at Haystack’s Deer Isle campus, July 1961. Courtesy Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

Director’s Circle members traveled with the PMA to the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. The group departed Portland via private charter the morning of Thursday, July 25, and arrived in Deer Isle in the mid-afternoon. Upon arrival, their visit began with a tour of Haystack’s picturesque coastal campus, followed by end-of-session studio walk-throughs. The day conculed with dinner and a live auction with session artists and members of the public. The group enjoyed overnight accommodations  at a local bed and breakfast, including private baths, beautiful views, and a continental breakfast. Before returning to Portland on Friday, the group visited the studio of a local woodworker living in Deer Isle. Click here for a full itinerary

This trip wass in conjunction with the exhibition In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969, which is on view at the PMA from May 24 through September 8, 2019.



The PMA in NYC!
Thursday, April 25 through Sunday, April 28, 2019

This trip Kicked off the Friends of the Collection’s 2019 fundraising efforts—with a particular eye toward the museum’s purchase of David Driskell’s powerful Ghetto Wall #2. The trip to New York City included special tours of museums, private collections, and artist studios. Judy and Leonard Lauder Director Mark Bessire, Deputy Director and Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic Chief Curator Jessica May, Deputy Director and Director of External Affairs Lizzy Jones were among the PMA representatives who joined guests for this three-day artful excursion. Click here for a full itinerary.

Meet Us In Miami!
Thursday, December 6–Sunday, December 9, 2018

We went south—and to South Beach!—in December 2018 to get an all-access look at one of the world’s biggest art fairs: Art Basel Miami Beach. We discovered the latest trends and developments in modern and contemporary art, explored the city’s rich gallery scene, and enjoyed exclusive viewings of private collections that are unavailable to the public. It was a festive trip that opened eyes to some of the most exciting art in the world!




Contact Ashleigh Hill, Director of Donor Relations and Special Events, for more information at (207) 494-5346 or

PMA in NYC will be led by:

Mark Bessire, Judy and Leonard Lauder Director
Jessica May, Deputy Director and Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic Chief Curator

Lizzy Jones, Deputy Director and Director of External Affairs

Want to Upgrade Your Membership?

Some opportunities, like the PMA Travel Program, are available as benefits of select membership levels only.

Contact Sarah Helming, Director of Director of Individual Giving, at (207) 699-4908 or via email to learn how you can take advantage of this museum program.