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For such a small city, Portland houses some pretty big names in its art museum. Andy Warhol, Claude Monet and Winslow Homer are among the icons showcased within the Portland Museum of Art. Along with some of the greats, the museum features an extensive collection of American, European and contemporary works, as well as pieces from Maine artists. Paintings abound, but you'll also find photographs, sketches, pottery, furniture, ornate silverware, sculptures and so much more. The collection is so big – more than 18,000 pieces – that it would take nearly 10 years of constant gallery rotations to see everything in the museum, according to its website. Additionally, the museum hosts regular events including movie showings, curator talks and various activities geared toward families, including designated PMA Family Days. It also sells tickets to the seaside home of Homer, whose house is considered a landmark in the history of American art.
Recent travelers were impressed with the Portland Museum of Art, expressing their delight at its collections. Visitors enjoyed the diversity of styles featured, from French impressionists to American classics, as well as the numerous works displayed, with many saying they could have easily explored the premises all day.
The Portland Museum of Art is located near downtown Portland, about a half-mile southwest of the Old Port. Public parking lots are available (for a fee) on streets surrounding the museum. The PMA also houses a cafe and store on-site. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. From November through late May, the museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission costs $15 for adults; there are discounts available for students and seniors, and children 14 and younger get in for free. There's also free admission Friday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information about the Portland Museum of Art, visit its website.
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