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Address: Congress Street, Portland, ME

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Avoid the panhandlers while exploring!

Lots of galleries, music shops, museums, and schools in this slightly run-down area of Portland. Be alert for pickpockets and panhandlers, more than we're encountered in years... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 August 2016
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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Lots of galleries, music shops, museums, and schools in this slightly run-down area of Portland. Be alert for pickpockets and panhandlers, more than we're encountered in years, so stay on guard. If you're there for the First Friday Art Walk — a self-guided tour that takes place on the first Friday of each month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m,... More 

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aquebogue
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Billed as an arty experience, it falls way short of that. Mostly junk; highschool and college kids displaying their attempts at making art. Not to belittle or discourage young budding artists, but PLEASE have some talent before you put your inkblots and meanderings on a piece of paper to display to the world. Your tatoos and piercings are more artistic... More 

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Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Able Baker Contemporary is a great new addition at 29 Forest Avenue-- nice opening show on American Optimism. They featured women as well as men-- an issue with contemporary art. And the staff/interns are eager to help you understand.

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Utica, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

Hits for us were the good art store, nice visit to the Maine College of Art. You'll find something to enjoy if you leave yourself open to it. Getting better!

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2015

It is never boring there at any history and art related place during the art walk. Enjoy a lot visiting Museum of Art, Maine College of Art, Roux&Cyr Gallery and all the galleries along the way.

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New England
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

Arts District ? More like a freak show with a ton of shady characters and homeless people begging for money. Dingy building, area hasn't been cleaned in months

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West Warwick, Rhode Island, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

Love this part of Old Portland. So much to see and the art is fabulous. We have gone there now for 5 years and always find something new.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

We went to Portland , Maine Art Walk, on August 7 , and it is held - First Friday of each month, 5:00 to 8:00 pm... Very special. Congress Street , downtown Portland, Maine was supposed to be shut off to traffic during the Art Walk but .... ahem... it was not.. Nonetheless, this event is a great visit... Gallery's... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

Portland is a charming little city facing the sea. Nice cobalt streets and brick architecture. Several local shops and small restaurants.But it doesn't deserve a detour. There are so many beautiful things to see around. The arts district is not particularly exciting.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Portland’s Arts District, even though it was still very much a work in progress. Its major draws were Portland Museum of Art, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Maine College of Art, and Institute of Contemporary Art. During a late summer First Friday Art Walk along Congress Street, I browsed several of the many... More 

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