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Portland Art Museum, Portland

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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. Plan your visit to Portland Art Museum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Portland online driving holiday planner .
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  • We spent a nice morning at the Portland Art Museum. We were quite lucky to catch the exhibit on the Wyeths (N.C., Andrew, and Jamie), although one wonders why they left out Henriette Wyeth in the exhi...  more »
  • I visited the museum in November and the Laika animation exhibit. It was and is amazing. So worth seeing the detail that goes into animated movies by this Portland company.  more »
  • It's been about 4 years since our last visit to Portland Art Museum. When we found out they were doing an exhibit featuring the films of Laika Animation, we knew we had to check it out. The exhibit, w...  more »
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  • I've been lucky enough to come here a few times since my gal is a teacher and needed to prepare for an upcoming field trip. The place is an old Freemason temple, which is pretty neat in its own right. There are several wings of artwork with pieces ranging from odd to beautiful. There should be enough here to interest you for a few hours. Currently they have the laika exhibit, which is a large collection of sets and materials from the stop-motion animation company. It's an expansive exhibit and worth the price of admission all on it's own.
  • I've been visiting Portland annually for a few years. I always stop at the PAM while I'm in town. The permanent collection is amazing, filled with a few modernist gems I had never seen before and a couple of very good Gustave Courbets (I'm a fan). Also, the top floor of the main building is dedicated to contemporary artists working in the Pacific Northwest. It is a bold and wonderful part of the experience, which I never miss.
  • Amazing museum. I truly had no idea we had such a gem in our area. The student prices help a lot, and they normally have discount codes on their various social media profiles. Make sure you search around before you buy. The museum staff are friendly and very helpful. The Laika exhibit is fantastic. I will be back soon!
  • This is a great place to take your children or young adults to get them exposed to the art scene. There is a wide variety of different types of art and it is very educational. The staff if knowledgeable were very helpful and friendly.
  • This is a great place to view outstanding art. I've been here both for the casual, unhurried viewing of the much varied works of great art they display, also I've visited during special exhibitions of well known collections. I've never had any problems, the staff are always polite. The building is magnificent and grand. I can always find my way around. The art is always thought provoking and inspiring.

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For easy foot access to Portland's best shopping, dining, and entertainment, stay in or around the downtown area, connected to the rest of the city by light rail. This compact and busy part of Portland contains the highest concentration of hotel rooms in the city, allowing you to explore options ranging from boutique properties to big chains. Thanks to Portland's convenient transportation system, you can also choose a less expensive motel or bed and breakfast in one of the outlying neighborhoods, and still be within minutes of most major tourist attractions.
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