Museums + Galleries
The Black Box is Portland's first retail incubator and pop-up in repurposed shipping containers located on Washington Avenue. The Black Box leases are designed with flexibility in mind to accommodate business owners who want space to test a concept or provide street-front retail space without a long-term commitment.
The Bob Crewe Gallery at Maine College of Art hosts works by Bob Crewe, a genre-crossing creative who combined careers in music and visual arts.
Bridge Gallery is both a gallery and the working studio of artists Rhonda Pearle and Gary Perlmutter.
Casco Bay Artisans is an international eclectic fine art gallery representing 53 artists from around the world, with a focus here in Maine. CBA showcases many artistic mediums to include: oil; watercolor; acrylic; pastel and pallet knife paintings; marble; steel; found art object; soap stone and paper sculptures; art jewelry; pewter; porcelain; glass and stained glass; designer textile wears; and handmade fine art wooden chairs.
The Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and performances for kids.
Congress Square Gallery features work in oils, watercolor, acrylics, and giclée prints by R.N. Cohen and Stan Leiberman.
Cove Street Arts boasts an 8,000 square foot exhibition space dedicated to showing the incredible breadth and depth of fine art being made in the state and demonstrating how vibrant and vital Maine’s art scene continues to be. The space includes multiple galleries and showrooms, a bookstore and small works gallery, event and workshop space, and a full size retractable movie screen for video art installations and film screenings.
Creative Portland is the official arts agency for the city of Portland and hosts bi-annual juried exhibits of works by local Maine artists. Exhibition gallery is located at 84 Free Street and is open weekdays 10-4. All local art, all for sale.
Daunis Fine Handmade Jewelry and Gallery is a jewelry studio and gallery where guests can tour the space and see what the artists are currently working on.
George Anderson Gallery features contemporary nautically themed acrylic paintings by George Anderson and Scott Tubby.
Güven Gallery features Anatolian ceramics with designs influenced by contemporary, Hittite, and Ottoman art, as well as a selection of Persian and Turkish carpets.
The Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow House is the historic home of the Portland-born nineteenth-century poet.
The Institute of American Art is a small project-based museum dedicated to showing art and helping artists realize research.
Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA features innovative exhibitions and public programs that showcase new perspectives and trends in contemporary art.
The International Cryptozoology Museum here in Portland features many one-of-a-kind cryptozoological artifacts, including a life-sized Bigfoot model. Cryptozoology is the study of hidden, legendary, non-existent, or fictitious creatures (depending on how you look at it).
Maine Craft Portland, a retail gallery + resource center in the historic Mechanic’s Hall, in downtown Portland, promotes craft in Maine through exhibitions and public programming, and directly benefits Maine craft artists through sales of their work. Maine Craft Portland opened in July 2018 and exhibits and sells the work of over 140 Maine Crafts Association member craft artists.
The Maine Historical Society museum collection includes more than 15,000 artifacts from five centuries of Maine living.
The Maine Jewish Museum contains gallery space, historic exhibits, and a main sanctuary in the renovated Etz Chaim Synagogue, a turn-of-the-century immigrant era house of worship.
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. has a museum dedicated to the railroad’s history and offers rides on the historic railroad.
The Maine Potters Market displays both practical and decorative pieces created by their member potters, each with their own distinctive style.
Mainely Maps, Frames & Gallery specializes in rare, original maps and prints from the 16th to 20th century while also representing several local Maine artists.
Mayo Street Arts is a nonprofit community gallery, music venue, and performance space that also hosts artist studios.
Portland Art Gallery represents the work of Maine artists and is dedicated to highlighting superb curated artwork from across the state.
The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is the cultural heart of Portland, Maine, with an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibits. 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 member-only events and to family activities, from Free School Tours to PMA Movies, and from curator talks to exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.
Portland Public Library’s Lewis Gallery features a wide variety of art exhibitions on a monthly basis.
Richard Boyd Art Gallery is an independent owner operated fine arts gallery representing a diverse group of established and emerging artists, with a connection to the state of Maine, working in a variety of mediums and styles. Exhibitions change monthly and include, solo, group and theme exhibits.
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery offers courses and workshops in oil painting, as well as exhibitng paintings and photography by artists from Maine and around the world.
Satellite Space is a temporary exhibition venue whose mission is to work with and expand upon the network of artists in Maine to the art world beyond.
SPACE is a nonprofit contemporary arts space featuring visual arts, live music and performance, lectures, films, and more.
St. Lawrence Arts, located in the historic St. Lawrence Church, is an affordable and accessible venue for a diverse offerings of arts including but not limited to theater, dance, music, film, visual arts, and workshops.
The pre-Revolutionary Tate House, with its period furnishings, beautiful grounds and herb gardens, and unique architecture, offers a glimpse of 18th century life in Colonial Maine.
The University of New England Art Gallery mounts six exhibitions annually, ranging from contemporary fine art to photography, to international themes, to works by women and Maine artists. The gallery also houses a permanent collection of paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures by nationally and internationally known artists.
Built in the 1850s, Victoria Mansion is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of the Italian Villa style in America and contains over 90% of its original interiors.
Zero Station is a framing, printing, and lamination studio that hosts photography shows and other events.