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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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Ai Wei exhibit, Renoir sculpture, Film festival, extensive art collection and excellent gift shop were the highlights for us.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Ai Wei exhibit, Renoir sculpture, Film festival, extensive art collection and excellent gift shop were the highlights for us.

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Los Angeles
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Well, nice museum... The building was nice, the art was marginal. They had a couple of paintings I found worthwhile. Not the Met , sigh...

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Norfolk, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This was a great museum offering a nice range of work. Very easily doable in half a day. The only draw back was we had about 5-6 school/group tours during our visit that made it crowded at times.

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san francisco
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed the Impressionism wing and the photographs of the permanent collection. The rest is uneven. Still some remarkable paintings here and there. I also liked in the temporary exhibitions: Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals and the amazing exhibition of Věra Prášilova Scott (a photographer I didn't know). A must see if you are in Portland and like photography.... More 

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Arlington, VIrginia
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119 reviews 119 reviews
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Coming from Washington DC., we get spoiled with all the museums. But I never miss a visit to the Portland Art Museum which has an outstanding collection and special exhibits. This time we were treated to an Italian design exhibit. Lovely.

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charleston
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

There was plenty of variety to see in this museum. We found ourselves outside this after visiting the great Saturday Farmer's market. Well worth the visit.

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San Diego
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21 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

It had been many, many years since I visited this museum, and I'm glad we went there this weekend. I actually like the fact that it's pretty small, as it makes it more approachable. The two special exhibitions were quite worthwhile in their own right - a cycle of Chinese zodiac sculptures by Ai Wei-Wei, and a collection of contemporary... More 

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Felton, California
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175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The buildings are very nice and have an interesting layout. But the exhibits weren't for me. Not too many paintings--seemed to be a lot of modern art. But it is all in what you like. Lot of street parking in the area.

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Bremerton, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

It is a great museum! We will definitely be visiting again. The staff explained who artist were and also advised on where to eat lunch. You get an all day pass, so we went to lunch and came back. Which was great for our 2 boys (10 and 8) and there are wonderful restaurants within walking.

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Portland, Oregon
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The permanent exhibits don't rotate often enough, but the stream of special shows is a big winner. PAM's collections include many historically important pieces, particularly those with NW roots. The facilities have expanded and now occupy a full block along the lovely South Park Blocks, and there's easy access via mass transit.

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