New sculpture park to open summer 2017 in Maine’s largest city

Featured image: Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine (photo by Cheryl Landes)

If you recently walked past the Joan B. Burns Garden at the Portland Museum of Art on High Street in downtown Portland, Maine, you’re probably wondering why it’s closed. On Friday, the PMA announced that next summer, the garden will reopen as the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park. The new park will be accessible through a gate on High Street and open year-round during the art museum’s hours.

The park is becoming a reality, thanks to a generous donation from Shaw and his family. David Shaw is a local businessman, philanthropist, and avid sculpture collector. As the Managing Director of Black Point Group, a private investment partnership, he has been active in supporting fledgling technology companies and public service. Among his many leadership roles, he founded IDEXX Laboratories and Ikaria Pharmaceuticals and served as CEO in both companies.

Inside the PMA, you’ll find more than 18,000 art pieces dating back to the 18th century, with featured works by local, regional, and national artists. There’s also Maine’s largest collection of European art, from impressionism to surrealism. The museum is the oldest and largest public art institution in the state.

The PMA is located at 7 Congress Square, where Congress Street, Free Street, and High Street intersect. Park in one of the metered street spaces for $1 per hour, the Spring Street/Civic Center garage at 45 Spring Street, or the Holiday Inn by the Bay at 40 Spring Street. Both parking lots are less than two blocks from the museum and cost $1.75 per hour.

The museum’s hours are:

  • Memorial Day through Columbus Day – 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Wednesday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday
  • Rest of the year – 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Wednesday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday

Museum admission is free every Friday, 4-8 p.m. For more information, visit the PMA’s website or call (207) 775-6148.

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