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Portland Museum of Art

Top choice in Portland

Founded in 1882, this well-respected museum houses an outstanding collection of American artists. Maine artists, including Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Louise Nevelson and Andrew Wyeth, are particularly well represented. You'll also find a few works by European masters, including Monet, Degas, Picasso and Renoir.

The collections are spread across three separate buildings. The majority of works are found in the postmodern Charles Shipman Payson building, designed by the firm of famed architect IM Pei. The 1911 beaux-arts-style LDM Sweat Memorial Galleries and the 1801 Federal-style McLellan House Galleries hold the 18th- and 19th-century American art collection.

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2. Institute of Contemporary Art

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3. Victoria Mansion

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4. Longfellow House

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5. Main Library


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6. Portland Observatory

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7. Loring Memorial Park

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