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Portland Art Museum

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Address: 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Phone Number: 503-226-2811
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu - Fri 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Although this venerable art museum, established in 1892, houses a large...
Although this venerable art museum, established in 1892, houses a large number of international works, its highlight is a renowned collection of Native American art.
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Italian Fashion Show

To see these fantastic creations was akin to walking through the art gallery. Wonderful show and worth the trip!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

To see these fantastic creations was akin to walking through the art gallery. Wonderful show and worth the trip!

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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Modern art is not my thing, so mostly their collection was not for me. On the 2nd floor (I believe) they had a nice collection of some of the masters, though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Amazing collection great way to spend a afternoon in Portland. I highly recommend it. Great experience.

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Gainesville, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I love art museums and visit them in every city I go to -- but this one was a HUGE letdown. Primarily because it is almost impossible to navigate. I felt like a rat in a maze -- there is very poor or no signage directing you to the various collections, and the map they give you is incredibly vague.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We visited the museum after 5 which meant that it only cost $5. For this we got to see a huge museum full of classics like Van Gogh, Monet etc, modern art (thought the film piece about war in Africa was interesting) and ethnic art from various cultures. There are also temporary exhibits and I loved the Japanese women printmakers... More 

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Huntington Woods, Michigan, United States
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I'm an art museum junkie who has visited art museums from large to small around the world. To start, this isn't a small museum. I spent a good three hours visiting the two separate buildings. The collection is broad with both Western and non-Western art in many genres. My main criticism is that I didn't find many works that excited... More 

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Bethlehem, PA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My wife and I love art museums that offer straight-forward access to exhibitions without too much, "curatorial interference". We both worked in art museums and know how much fun it is for museums to create more razzmatazz than just galleries filled with great artworks. The Portland Art Museum lets the art speak for itself in simple but beautiful galleries. The... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is a great little museum...wish it were larger. Have been there 3 times now, and have thoroughly enjoyed the variety of exhibits. Great cup of coffee as well!

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Bend, Oregon
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The artifacts are amazing We got to see king Tuts display the last time we were there It had real mummies and jewelry pottery cool stuff our kids loved it You can purchase jewelry make for that display I bought a beautiful 14k necklaces with Egyptian writing on it They do charge to get in it is so worth the... More 

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Surrey, BC
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I city like Portland has to have an art museum, and this is it. There was nothing exceptional about this one compared to those in many other cities. There is a nice section on ancient Chinese art and lots of portraits. The modern art section was fine, although the contemporary art was just so-so. Too many pieces of the style... More 

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