Pacific Northwest Articles & Reviews
Museums in the Pacific Northwest
Portland Museum of Art
The Portland Museum of Art is the largest and oldest art museum in the State of Maine. Set within a modern, spacious and well lit interior, this museum has created the best possible setting for the display of its vast collection and exhibitions. More than 17,000 works of art are owned by the museum, much of it fine and decorative pieces dating from the 18th century to the present. Special emphasis is given to those artists who worked and resided in the summer art colonies once so prevalent in Maine. In addition to paintings, there are sculptures, photographs, ceramics, glass and prints on view for the public's enjoyment. Most of the great masters from the past three to four centuries are represented here including Rockwell Kent, Andrew Wyeth, John Singer Sargent, and Frederic Edwin Church. The works of European giants such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Pierre-Auguste Renoir are also featured within the museum's vast collections. Plan on spending several hours within this Portland museum's walls to enjoy art throughout the ages.
7 Congress Sq Corner of Congress and High sts, Portland, 04101
Ogunquit Museum of American Art
The Ogunquit Museum of American Art is one of those rare museums where what is found on the outside is nearly as striking as its interior. Situated on an overlook above an exposed shoreline cove, the museum is surrounded by the breathtaking, raw power and scenic beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. The museum's grounds feature comfortable benches situated among large sculptures, a fragrant garden and a reflecting pool. No wonder that many visitors to this Maine Beaches landmark spend as much time outside of the museum as inside. Wonders also await those who venture within the museum's interior, which is open seasonally from May 22 to October 31. The Ogunquit features more than 7,500 square feet of exhibit space specializing in modern American art, from the 19th century to the present. Among its 1,600-piece permanent collection is an impressive array of works by Maine-based artists who have called the Ogunquit art colony their home. The museum is a "must see" for those who enjoy art as well as the compelling beauty of the Maine shore.
54 Shore Road, Ogunquit, 03902
Portland Head Light & Museum
1000 Shore Rd Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth, Portland. 04107
Washington-Wilkes Historical Museum
308 E. Robert Toombs Ave, Washington