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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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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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
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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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If you live in Seattle, don't go to SAM, go to PAM!!

Wonderful museum with stunning modern wing. They hold other events in a public wing and have an amazing gift shop as well. Don't miss it!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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50 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wonderful museum with stunning modern wing. They hold other events in a public wing and have an amazing gift shop as well. Don't miss it!

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Thank diane s
Olney, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

....wonderful collections of native and northwest Indian art and cultural artifacts.....love the collection of contemporary art and esp the NW artists. Also very good collection of Asian and European artists, prints and photographs. Spend at least 4 hours or all day with a stop to their coffee shop with a variety of snacks, lunch items, drinks, all sourced locally. Admission... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an excellent way to spend a rainy afternoon in Portland. There were many varied collections (Native, Asian, Modern, etc.). I will admit, the building is a bit of a maze on some floors, but there is a map. One of the better museums.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With limited time I was able to momentarily decompress in this gem of an art museum. Just enough of many genres of art. I was delighted to listen to the docents teaching the local students about the NW Pacific indigenous art. (Tlinglit, Haida, Canadian first peoples, etc.) Best gift shop awarded here! Delightful little coffee nook. If you don't have... More 

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Tigard Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Portland Art Museum is a great study in the art of art. They have rotating exhibits so there is usually something new to see. Nice mellow place to chill out and enjoy the art

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Chatham, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This art museum is well worth the price of admission with a wonderful offering of permanent pieces as well as exciting well thought out special exhibits. My only criticism is that the layout is convoluted and confusing even with a map. It's easy to miss entire exhibits and galleries. Take your time and be sure you see everything. The guides/guards/docents... More 

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Sugar Land
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a nice museum and there was a large and different selection of pieces. However there was really nothing notable. The Northwest Indian exhibit was the most interesting. It's a good place to spend a rainy afternoon.

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Ashland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first visit to the museum. We were very impressed with the attentive, friendly staff. The Force of Nature and Falle Fruit exhibitions were our favorites. Fallen Fruit is unique - check it out!

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Mercer Island, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter and I love coming here and it is icing on the cake on top of all of the other things to do in downtown Portland. It is a kind of tradition for us to come to Portland for New Years, and we always get in free with the Bank of America first weekend pass. The temporary exhibits are... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love museums and realized I had never been to this local one. Paul Allen's "Seeing Nature" was in its final days, so I decided to go. It was packed. The exhibit was good, interesting collection of views of nature but I got the feeling that it was a stretch to create the theme. The staff is friendly. I do... More 

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