The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is undergoing a significant transformation as part of a multiyear project focused on improved access to the museum’s collection titled “Your Museum, Reimagined.” The completed first phase of this comprehensive project, which opened to the public on January 22, includes the following:
The Peggy L. Osher Art Study and Collection Committee Conference Room offers students, professors, scholars, and members of the public unique access to the PMA collection. In this intimate, on-site location, visitors are able to immerse themselves in the collection and closely interact with curators and staff (by scheduled appointment).
The Workshop is a new participatory space where visitors of all ages can explore creativity with museum educators and add their voices to the stories we tell. The Workshop offers audiences the opportunity to make meaning from the PMA’s collection and special exhibitions through interactive activities based around play and experimentation.
The Collection: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art is the first collection catalogue in the history of the PMA. Boasting full-color plates of 100 highlights from the PMA collection and essays by PMA curators, this publication provides context for the museum’s history, architecture, and art—commemorating the ongoing legacy of the museum.
Modern Menagerie is the PMA’s first reinstalled gallery as part of Your Museum, Reimagined. The space features a colorful ensemble of creatures of all stripes, including migrating gazelles, lions, and zebras; schools of listening fish; a herd of Staffordshire porcelain sculptures; and Bernard Langlais’ 1977 masterpiece of more than 20 painted wood animals.
The Collection Online is the online database for the PMA’s entire collection of more than 18,000 works of art, ranging from Andy Warhol and Winslow Homer to Louise Nevelson and Claude Monet. It would take nearly 10 years of constant gallery rotations to see everything in the museum, but now anyone can see the entire collection online, no matter where they are. Whatever your interests, whoever your favorites, it’s yours to explore at PortlandMuseum.org/collection.
In February 2017, the PMA will unveil the centerpiece of “Your Museum, Reimagined”—a holistic reconceptualization and reinstallation of the museum’s galleries across the PMA’s entire campus. In addition, the PMA will introduce new interpretive and educational materials, including a museum map, self-guided tours and multimedia stations. For more information, visit PortlandMuseum.org/reimagined.
With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is the cultural heart of Portland, Maine. 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 members-only events, Free School Tours, and a commitment to family activities, to movies, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.
The museum is located at Seven Congress Square in downtown Portland. The PMA is open: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For summer hours, starting May 30, 2016, the PMA will be open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $10 for students with I.D. Children 14 and under are free. Admission is free every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. No admission is required to visit the PMA Café and PMA Store. Winslow Homer Studio tours are available by reservation. For more information, call (207) 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org.