Last updated: 4/16/2010
Portland, Maine
Street Address
7 Congress Square Plaza
Portland, ME 04101
Mailing Address
7 Congress Square Plaza
Portland, ME 04101
phone: 207-775-6148
fax: 207-773-7324
Memorial Day–Columbus Day
Sunday - Thursday, Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Friday10 AM - 9 PM
Rest of Year
Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday, Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Friday10 AM - 9 PM
Closed: New Year's Day (January 1); Thanksgiving (4th Thursday in November); Christmas (December 25)
$10 adults
$8 seniors and students
$4 youth 6-17
free for under 6
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Mark Bessire, Director
phone: 207-775-6148 x3232
Thomas A. Denenberg, Deputy Director and Chief Curator
phone: 207-775-6148 x3230
Marilyn Lalumiere, Director of Development
phone: 207-775-6148 x3242
Kristen Levesque, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
phone: 207-775-6148 x3223
Dana Baldwin, Director of Education
phone: 207-775-6148 x3225
Elena Murdock, Director of Finance and Administration
phone: 207-775-6148 x3285
Lauren Silverson, Acting Registrar
phone: 207-775-6148 x3237
Susan Danly, Curator of Photography, Graphics, & Contemporary
phone: 207-775-6148 x3234
Margaret Burgess, Associate Curator of Modern and European Art
phone: 207-775-6148 x3233
Jim Neal, Building Manager
phone: 207-775-6148 x3214
Jacqueline Richardson, Marketing and Public Relations Assistant

The Museum's collection of more than 15,000 objects includes decorative and fine arts dating from the 18th century to the present. The heart of the Museum's collection is the State of Maine Collection, which features works by artists such as Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Louise Nevelson, and Andrew Wyeth. The Museum has the largest European collection in Maine.

The Museum purchased the Winslow Homer Studio (located in Prouts Neck, ME) in 2006 and is currently restoring the building. The Studio will be open to the public in September 2012.

Please visit the Museum website for more information on our additional sevices.


Over the next 65 years, as the size and scope of the exhibitions expanded, the limitations of the Museum's galleries, storage, and support areas became apparent. In 1976, Maine native Charles Shipman Payson promised the Museum his collection of 17 paintings by Winslow Homer. Recognizing the Museum's physical limitations, he also gave $8 million toward the building of an addition to be designed by Henry Nichols Cobb of I. M. Pei & Partners, which opened in 1983. In 2002, the restoration of the McLellan House and Sweat Galleries was completed, with an emphasis on 19th-century American art and interactive computer stations for education.

The Portland Museum of Art, founded in 1882, is Maine's largest public art institution. The Museum's three architecturally significant buildings unite three centuries that showcase the history of American art and culture. 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.

Artifact Collections

Collecting Mission Statement: The Portland Museum of Art will expand its active program of acquisition, interpretation, exhibition, documentation, and preservation of works of art in order to meet its responsibility as a guardian of our cultural heritage to audiences in New England and beyond. The collection will emphasize 18th through 21st century American art, especially related to Maine, as well as 19th through mid-20th century European art and other works of art that complement and diversify these strengths.

Research Collections

The Portland Museum of Art has an informal archives collection consisting of Museum publications, minutes from Board and Committee meetings, and scrapbooks dating from the year of its founding, as well as curatorial files for each object, and artist, donor, and vendor files. The Museum has also recently initiated an Oral History project, which consists of recordings and transcripts of individuals involved with the Museum as early as the 1950s. These materials are available to serious researchers upon request.

Educational Programs

The education department has an extensive list of programs, including lectures by special guests, gallery talks, a film program, artmaking workshops and classes for children and adults, children's vacation week and summer art camps, family festivals, excursions to artists' studios and other museums, a book club, jazz concerts, other musical events, and free professional development workshops for teachers. Most one-time events are free or cost between $5 and $15 dollars, with camps and workshop series ranging from $35-200. Teaching Kits are available to parents or teachers, loaned for free. We also have an intensive docent training program, with a current roster of 95 docents.


Board of Directors


Access: Staff Only

Appointment required: Yes


The Museum produces a quarterly Members' Magazine, an annual report, as well as a number of publications and exhibition catalogs.


Wheelchair Accessible


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