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Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)
503-226-2811
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Ranked #23 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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Seattle, WA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We went to see Tip Toland's remarkable show and were pleasantly surprised to be able to catch the Venice special exhibition as well. The museum is larger than it appears and is well laid out. Nice contemporary collection and a respectable collection of Impressionist-era painting and sculpture. Would definitely go back.

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Seattle, WA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The Eurocentric art collection is great, and the modern art provoked laughter from several groups while we were there, but the museum shop is a must-see. Displayed by COLOR rather than item category, it has wonderful jewelry, books, gadgets, bags, dishes, and tchotchkes of all kinds. Great fun on a rainy day!

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Rainier, Oregon
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We went to see a specific exhibit, but loved it so much we became members. It is in central Portland, kind of a pain if you live out of town but really easy if you are traveling light rail or can get the street car. This is a world class museum with a fabulous collection of Chinese art. This is... More

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California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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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21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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16 attraction reviews
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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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18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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