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Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)
503-226-2811
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Ranked #22 of 301 attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Centrally located, just a brief and lovely walk from downtown and near a little park setting. I went with my daughter and the exhibitions were fantastic. It is small but for me that is perfect....particularly when on vacation. I love museums and this one is a great add to your itinerary if you are an art fan and in Portland.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I went specifically to see the special exhibit on Venice and it was wonderful. The paintings made me want to jump on the next plane to Venice and the music filled me with light. A wonderful exhibit!

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I really enjoyed taking a look at the Asian Art. I believe it was the best part of the museum. When I went they had a special Venice exhibit. I thought it was ok. I found it a little strange that I was asked to not take any pictures of the Venice exhibit. I never have been asked that before... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

we have so enjoyed this museum and its events. We are proud to be members and attend the outstanding member events. The special exhibits are some of the best. Right now there is a Venetian exhibit that will not be in any other museum in the USA. The recent Samurai armor exhibit was a hit with our three generation family.... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

A citizen of any community that is fortunate to sustain them should be card-carrying members of their local library and art museum. Do you agree? I am a longtime fan and supporter of the Portland Art Museum. It is not a big museum, but the intimate scale is just right for travelers and visitors who don't want to rush through... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I spent a few hours there and it wasn't enough time. I wore myself out, actually. After slowly taking in the Museum's wonderful Modern & Contemporary building, I didn't have much energy to take in American Art, Native American Art, or the special exhibition on Venice that I'd paid a little extra for. That was my mistake, and a nice... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Usually go once or twice a year for their special exhibits. The audio tours are especially good and in our opinion this is probably the best art museum in the Northwest. Great gift shop/

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Albany, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We spend a few hours at the Portland art museum this past weekend. They currently have a nice exhibit of Venetian art, including some musical artifacts. They have some beautiful folios of music printed back in the day, and a nice assortment of musical instruments to go with all the usual painting and such. They also have an "exhibit" of... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Like UtahMan87 mentioned in his review, this museum has ORIGINAL MONET work. How spectacular is that? Also there definitely isn't a huge smorgasbord of works, the diversity in the existing numbers is incredible. Also, I took my little nieces, and they got in free. The price for my admission wasn't bad at all either, and I just had a nice... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Let me begin by saying how much I love that PAM (Portland Art Museum) offers free admission to kids. I'm an Oregonian by birth who lives in the Boston area now, and I find it shocking how expensive it is to go visit the Museum of Fine Arts with my family in my new "home" city of Boston. I took... More

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