Best Gallery Or Museum In Maine: Portland Museum Of Art / 2020 American Art Awards

Thom Bierdz
4 min readJul 20, 2020


For 12 years, American Art Awards has decided the 25 Best Galleries and Museums in America. Among the criteria: years in business, industry reputation, online activity, location, size, exhibits, educational programs, represented artists and references from artists, clients and visitors. Each year only one gallery or museum per state in 25 states is selected.

American Art Awards: “A culmination of over a hundred years of dedication to the arts and the community, we feel the Portland Museum of Art has long been the cultural heart of Portland, Maine. Their extensive collection, ranging from Andy Warhol and Winslow Homer to Louise Nevelson and Claude Monet, as well as their thoughtful exhibitions, offer the public an uplifting, welcoming, and wide-ranging experience. Additionally, their monumental Your Museum, Re-imagined re-installation project, which they unveiled in 2017, rethought what a regional museum could be and generated an inspiring amount of energy around their gallery presentation. The American Art Awards is proud to proclaim the Portland Museum of Art the Best Gallery or Museum in Maine, 2020, and one of the 25 Best Galleries and Museums in America.”

ABOUT THE MUSEUM: With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art 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 PMA Films, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio — it’s all happening at the PMA.

PORTLAND: With historic buildings and brick sidewalks atop a peninsula in island-studded Casco Bay, Portland is consistently rated among America’s finest small cities. Portland boasts architecture that spans from the 19th century to the modern day, a working waterfront, a diverse population, and more restaurants per capita than nearly any other city in the country. Proximity to Boston and Canada, as well as Maine’s coast and mountains, makes Portland a destination for residents and travelers of all ages, while institutions such as the Portland Museum of Art — in addition to Maine’s storied history as a home for artists and art colonies — confirm Portland’s position in the greater cultural landscape.

New Operating Hours

  • Wednesday: noon to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: noon to 8 p.m.
  • Friday: noon to 8 p.m. FREE FRIDAY
  • Saturday: noon to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: noon to 6 p.m.

The PMA is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

The PMA Café is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday


Web Site:

Address: 7 Congress Square, Portland, Maine 04101

Phone: (207)775–6148

SEE 1 MINUTE AWARD VIDEO HERE: annually awards 25 museums and galleries in spring, and with their critique in autumn, awards 300 artists (painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists).




Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA & ACCA.