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Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)
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Ranked #23 of 308 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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Piscataway, New Jersey
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104 reviews 104 reviews
57 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This was a good medium sized museum with a diverse collection. We spent over 3 hours here and I would say you should allow at least 2 hours to really see everything. The cafe didn't really seem to have much in terms of food but you can leave the museum and come back without a problem. If you are vegetarian... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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94 reviews 94 reviews
20 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

The collection is not that impressive although it is nicely displayed. It is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon, though.

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New York City, New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Very good, probably as good as the Brooklyn museum. Some very interesting pieces that spur the imagination.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Located in downtown Portland along Portland's Broadway and fronting on a beautiful park, the 2 buildings (one of them a former Freemason Temple) have several floors of classic, modern, avant-garde collections - enough for hours of browsing! Parking is available on the street and in nearby lots. Be careful where you park on the street - some of the sections... More

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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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104 reviews 104 reviews
12 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

While some of the modern art leaves me scratching my head (Is it art if it looks like its been done witj a paint roler?) this is well worth the visit. The photographic collection is wonderful, with picees from several periods. The Native American collection totally blew me away. Some of the costumes were extraordinary. The very large feast bowl... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The modern collection here was really enjoyable, even the stuff you need an art degree to understand is still fun to look at for non-artsy folk. I thought we had done the whole thing until I realized there's an entire other museum on the other side. Terrible signage, but I'm excited to go back and see the rest!

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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

it's not the coolest museum, but it makes for a good kill time as you explore the city. Go to their site and see if there's any exhibits you'd be interested in first. It's worth stopping in if you're an art junkie. For more tips of cool stuff to do in PDX, check out my blog post: “What to do... More

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Los Angeles, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This was our first visit to the Portland Art Museum for a special exhibition on the Tuilleries Gardens in Paris. The exhibition was well-curated and laid out in an easy-to-follow manner. It featured many pieces from the gardens, along with paintings and photographs. The rest of the museum contains a solid collection with a few standout pieces. The layout can... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

If you are interested in late 19th trough 21st century Art, you shouldn't miss this Museum. Located in a very beautiful green area at downtown Portland. You can visit most of the Museum in a single day.

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Lafayette, Colorado
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117 reviews 117 reviews
50 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The day I visited they were having problems with the computers, so I got free admission! Even had I paid, though, it would have been worth the couple of hours I spent there. The Native American collection alone (nearly two floors of art from nearly every region in North and South America) would be worth the price of admission. There... More

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