We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Arts District

Congress Street, Portland, ME
Review Highlights
more promise that delivery

'Arts District' of Portland Maine is more a promise than actual delivery. The section of Portland... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2017
Breukelen Ut
Avoid the panhandlers while exploring!

Lots of galleries, music shops, museums, and schools in this slightly run-down area of Portland... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2016
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Read all 18 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good16%
  • Average22%
  • Poor22%
  • Terrible5%
10 Jun 2017
“more promise that delivery”
22 Aug 2016
“Avoid the panhandlers while exploring!”
Congress Street, Portland, ME
Write a ReviewReviews (18)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 18 reviews

Reviewed 10 June 2017

'Arts District' of Portland Maine is more a promise than actual delivery. The section of Portland around the statue is used for demonstrations and gatherings, some art related. The public space does not feel warm or welcoming.

Thank WorldTravelOne
Reviewed 22 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...More

Thank CherylandBrett
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...More

Thank alfred c
Reviewed 18 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.

Thank Angel B
Reviewed 9 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!

Thank RonL40
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.

Thank Yulia_S_gtmy
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

Thank DRhodesNewEngland
Reviewed 1 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.

Thank mamadukes197
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...More

Thank strato57
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.

1  Thank HelenaGuerra
Nearby HotelsSee all 21 hotels in Portland
The Francis
32 reviews
.42 km away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Portland
777 reviews
.54 km away
The Westin Portland Harborview
1,134 reviews
.92 km away
Holiday Inn Portland By The Bay
1,153 reviews
1.21 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Salvage BBQ
253 reviews
.24 km away
Tandem Coffee and Bakery
88 reviews
.44 km away
Saeng Thai House
117 reviews
.25 km away
28 reviews
.54 km away
Nearby Attractions
Hadlock Field
532 reviews
.30 km away
Portland Museum of Art
1,253 reviews
1.04 km away
Portland Stage
36 reviews
.98 km away
State Theatre
64 reviews
.91 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Arts District staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines