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Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)
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Ranked #23 of 312 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Traveler Description: The Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. It was founded in 1892 and now has a collection of over 40,000 works of... more »
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Victoria, Canada
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197 reviews 197 reviews
85 attraction reviews
275 helpful votes 275 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This museum is so impressive. I was there in June 2013 and returned in Oct 2014. The collection is impressive, the special exhibits thoughtful and inspired. The curators do a top notch job and the facility is beautiful. The presentation of American and North-West American art is a highlight. Great gift shop, cute coffee shop. Staff is friendly. A real... More

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San Francisco
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I went to see the World War I lithography on display which was super. If you're a WWI history fan it's a must. They have plenty of nice offerings otherwise: a bit modern, old European and Asian, American Indian. The Tuileries exhibit was closed but otherwise it would've been a perfect visit. . While it's worth the $15 fee it's... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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82 reviews 82 reviews
17 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Spent a whole day looking at this incredible collection of art. Top quality paintings and sculpture, a fabulous NW Coast tribal art collection, Asian art, other native american art, and just a well rounded collection in general. A great visual overload!

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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Two exceptional exhibitions on at the same time, "This is War" and "Callahan to Warhol". All this and a great regular collection. What a fantastic museum with a great café and shop as an add on.

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Sedona, Arizona
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123 reviews 123 reviews
29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A poster for this was featured in the hotel where we stayed and it intrigued us enough to go visit. We were able to walk there. This was a worthwhile part of our short stay in Portland. An excellent museum with impressive collection of artwork, this exhibit and all the rest. We are not accustomed to visiting art museums, so... More

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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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120 reviews 120 reviews
37 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Another special place on a lovely small city park. The museum covers a good breadth of antiquity to modern with a reasonable collection including asian art, native American sampling, impressionists and contemporary selections. Don’t miss the tunnel connecting the main building with the smaller rooms reserved for much of the contemporary collection. The rooms were nicely lit and works displayed... More

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Sydney, Australia
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753 reviews 753 reviews
364 attraction reviews
310 helpful votes 310 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This huge museum houses a great collection of art in many mediums. Easy to spend a couple of hours here just wandering from room to room.

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Portland, Oregon
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

September 10, 2014 A consortium of three US museums arranged this touring exhibit with the Louvre. Its statuary and photographically heavy. Relatively small number of nice impressionist paintings. Its an interesting experience. One learns more about the physical site of the current Gardens, and the now gone Palace, than might be expected or wanted. Similar with issues of French politics... More

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Federal Way, Washington, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I've been to L.A. County Art Museum, the Getty collection, and Norton Simon in Southern California. Portland's Art Museum is fair in comparison to those great spots. But much better, in my opinion, than Seattle's.

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Kirkland, Washington
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Small, but well run. Good presentation and the museum does a good job of being current in its exhibits.

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