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Museums + Galleries

Able Baker Contemporary is an artist-run gallery with an open curatorial structure. 

The Abyssinian Meeting House is the third oldest standing African American meeting house in the United States, and is of local, state and national historic significance. 

Art House Picture Frames specializes in both custom and conservation picture framing. The shop also boasts a small gallery perfect for intimate shows.

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. 

Bomb Diggity Arts is a community-support program serving adults of all abilities by promoting discovery of artistic expression and development of professional arts-based skills. Their studio and gallery is located in the heart of Downtown Portland and the Arts District.

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. 

Casco Bay Frames & Gallery provides professional framing services and the comfortable gallery features the diverse art of the talented staff framers.

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.

Fore River Gallery features the work of artists Liz Marks, Mike M. Marks, Elizabeth Prior, and T.J. McDermott.

George Anderson Gallery features contemporary nautically themed acrylic paintings by George Anderson and Scott Tubby.

Grant Wahlquist Gallery is a contemporary art gallery representing a roster of talented artists from Maine and beyond. 

Greenhut Galleries exhibits contemporary art and sculpture by Maine artists.

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.

Maine Gallery + Studio Guide has a directory of galleries across the state and a calendar of gallery openings and other arts events. 

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.

New Fruit is a collectively run art space in West Bayside and the home of Perm Press

New System Exhibitions (NSE) is an artist-run exhibition space in West Bayside. With a non-profit mission of providing exhibition, curatorial, and performance opportunities for local and regional emerging artists, NSE is focused on facilitating direct engagement with the community and increased creative autonomy for artists.

Portland Art Gallery represents the work of Maine artists and is dedicated to highlighting superb curated artwork from across the state.

The Portland Fire Museum showcases the history of firefighting in Portland, including a number of retired firetrucks. Hours are sporadic, guests should call ahead. 

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.

The Dorothea & Leo Rabkin Foundation is an artist-endowed foundation, exhibiting the art of Leo Rabkin and others. The foundation supports visual arts journalists nationwide with a major annual grant program.

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.

SPEEDWELL projects is a not-for-profit, artist-run studio and gallery dedicated to launching thought provoking exhibitions in all media, including site-specific installations, public art, spoken word and performance. 

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.

Think Tank Coworking is a coworking space located in the Arts District that hosts the work of local artists on its office walls. 

The primary goal of the Todd Webb Archive is to educate the public about Webb, a famous photographer, and his oeuvre. The archive is making vintage work available for the first time while also offering limited edition posthumous prints that are large scale and stunning. 

The UMVA Gallery at PMC is a partnership between the Union of Maine Visual Artists and the Portland Media Center to provide gallery space in the heart of Portland's Arts District to UMVA members. 

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.