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Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)
503-226-2811
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Ranked #24 of 309 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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Monrovia, California
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181 reviews 181 reviews
43 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We were all set to pay the admission to the fabulous Portland Art Museum August 10th, but it was free weekend, Paris in the Park Blocks Weekend, celebrating their exhibit, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. We left a nice donation - admission is only $15! We spent about three hours, and literally visited every single exhibit in the... More

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Anacortes, WA
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11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This museum is extremely well done. The atmosphere is quiet and relaxing. The exhibitions interesting and well done. The gift shop is an exhibition in itself. Well worth a visit if you are staying in the area and worth a membership if you live in the area.

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Virginia
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6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Perhaps my expectations were low, but I was pleasantly surprised by the Portland Art Museum. Touring with a 3 year old, my first priority is access to the art -- a crowd in front of the art work just won't work, nor will paintings you can't see due to glare, or sculptures you can't get close to because the alarm... More

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Victoria, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

A remarkable selection of American painters, and an even more remarkable exhibit of various aboriginal tribes' spectacular arts & crafts.

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Spartanburg
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is a great little museum just off the park. If you are going to the farmer's market, plan to stop by the museum and see the current exhibit. My wife and I spent the morning at the farmer's market and the museum in the afternoon. Great way to kill a Saturday.

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Pennsylvania
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I have to preface this review by saying we live close to New York City, and have visited some of the finest museums in the world. But the museums we have found most enjoyable are often small, intimate museums in smaller cities like this one. There wasn't the stress of "we can't possibly see it all," or "there is a... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We always enjoy the SAM ins Seattle but after seeing Portland's art museum, the SAM pales. We could believe that they had a Damian Hirst, Soutine, Frank Stella, and many of the impresssionists as well as a Picasso and Moore sculpture, and the most beautiful Van Gogh I've seen. All in this small town museum?! You probably need about two... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This museum has a great deal of eclectic art by local artists as well as a small collection of famous artists as well. Laid out in two buildings you can start at the top floor and work you way down to the bottom of one before heading over to the other. Their collection of Native American art was very impressive... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It is clear this museum does not lack patronage or funding. It is certainly on par with, if not better than, the large city art museums I’ve been to. The facilities, from the walls to the lighting, are top-quality and very attractive. The building is elegantly designed. The collections are fascinating. The current exhibition, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries... More

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Logan, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I went ostensibly to see the Tuilleries special exhibit, but never got there because the Native American part of their permanent collection is so astonishing. Spent two entire days just touring their collection. The Pacific Northwest items are awesome in the original sense of the word--they inspire awe. How lucky are we to get to visit such treasures!

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