Transit Tips for a Fun & Fuss-Free First Friday

We’re looking forward to our special event, Raising Readers Presents… Scott Nash, during our next $1 First Friday on June 1. Scott’s books are hugely popular, and we expect a terrific turn-out!

First Fridays are busy nights in the Arts District, especially as the weather warms up! There are several events in the neighborhood on June 1, making the coming First Friday extra-festive. But with a little planning, we’re confident you’ll reach us in plenty of time to hear Scott read every word of The Bugliest Bug!

Tips for getting to the Museum & Theatre on Friday, June 1:

Plan your parking. Some nearby parking garages and lots (including the By the Bay Parking, adjacent to the Holiday Inn) will be closed to the public on June 1. Fortunately, there are several garages within walking distance, including the Gateway Garage on High Street (about a 4 minute walk), the Monument Square Garage (about a 7 minute walk) and the Elm Street Garage near the library (about an 8 minute walk). Download this handy parking map for other options.

Can you spot staff member Chris F's bike in this photo? His bike and its milk crate basket are familiar sight - he pedals into work several days a week.

Use pedestrian or pedal power. Bike in (we have a bike rack out front), or lace up your sneakers and stroll in from Munjoy Hill, the West End or beyond! Google Maps offers walking and biking directions to help you plan your trip, and Portland Trails is a great resource for finding a scenic route.

All aboard the bus! All Portland METRO buses stop near the Museum – some routes stop just a few yards from our front door! Routes #1, #3 and #8 have the closest stops (just outside Starbucks). For other routes, maps and schedules, visit the METRO website.

Member Perk: Maine Member Day Returns!

Saturday, May 19 is the second annual Maine Member Day. Nine museums throughout the state (including this one) will be offering free reciprocal admission all day. If you’re a member of any participating museum, everyone included in your membership will be admitted for FREE to any other participating museum!

I’ve listed all the participating museums and their hours here. Don’t forget to bring your membership card with you. Now enjoy your adventure!

Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor (10am-4pm)

Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, Portland (that’s us!) (10am-5pm)

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay (9am-5pm)

Maine Discovery Museum, Bangor (9:30am-5pm)

Maine Maritime Museum, Bath (9:30am-5pm)

Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit (10am-5pm)

Owls Head Transportation Museum, Owls Head (10am-5pm)

Portland Museum of Art, Portland (10am-5pm)

Victoria Mansion, Portland (10am-4pm)