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Portland Art Museum, Portland

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4.3/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web
Housed in a former Masonic Temple, Portland Art Museum holds a permanent collection of more than 42,000 works of art from around the world. This museum was founded in 1892 with the goal of creating a first-class art museum accessible to all of the community. Now, the museum continues to honor this mission, offering educational opportunities and special programs for children and adults. Explore the permanent collection, which includes European, Native American, Asian, American, and modern and contemporary art, as well as photography and graphic arts. After admiring the artwork, head to the on-site coffee shop to refuel or enjoy the scenery in the outdoor sculpture garden. Check the website for information about upcoming exhibits and events, such as artist talks, special tours, and lectures. Make Portland Art Museum a part of your Portland vacation plans using our Portland vacation trip planner.
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  • Make sure to carry admission receipts with you at all times. I had a small run-in with a staff member. She did not believe we paid our admission. We had to go back to coat check for our receipts. This...  read more »
  • I particularly enjoyed the video installation that showed George W. Bush, Condoleeza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld all in prison uniforms sitting in cells crying about the Iraq war casualties, and begging ...  read more »
  • My husband and I went to Portland for our birthdays. Luckily for us, that Saturday was Free Museum day! As you can see with my preview reviews, I like visiting museums especially in larger cities. Thi...  read more »
  • So much to see! The Native Fashion exhibit was fascinating. It was free admission for 1st Thursday. The gift shop always has gifts related to the main exhibit. I forget It's close to home. I can walk in & stand directly in front of a Van Gogh! I love Portland & our museum!
  • We finally made it to the PAM after over a year of living here. It's definitely eclectic, with a wide assortment of exhibits. My favorites were the modern Native American/American Indian clothing design section and the topical exhibit on politics, policing, and protests. I really like that they have cheaper tickets on Friday nights and I learned that they even have free nights, which obviously makes the museum more accessible to the public. I will be back!
  • Always a rotating experience but everything I have gone to see here has been an experience and thoughtfully displayed. There's tons of different galleries and corners to explore as well as entirely different buildings that host an entire array of events. The film festivals they host are epic, the Bollywood festival last year had SO many amazing hard to find films! And it's a large space and decent pricing. Pro Tip: Every Friday admission is only $5 after 5pm and if you reeeally want to brave the crowds the 4th Friday of every month is free night.
  • A nice sized collection of native and northwest works! Excellent job of curating the exhibits showing classical and contemporary pieces side by side, giving the viewer a history and context for modern pieces and allowing the viewer to more deeply experience the culture. My two year old loved all the native art galleries and contemporary northwest.
  • It had some good pieces and somethings I never thought I would like, but I enjoyed it. The lay out of the place was a little strange and it is easy to miss a section of you are a first timer, so get a map of you are looking for something specific.
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