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Portland Art Museum

Address: 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)
Phone Number: 503-226-2811
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Ranked #21 of 262 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Although this venerable art museum, established in 1892, houses a large number of international...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Hours:
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
Owner description: 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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Decatur, Illinois
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84 reviews 84 reviews
34 attraction reviews
248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Visited the museum on a Saturday and it was pretty busy. I wouldn't go on a weekend again as it was fairly busy and lots of people made it wall to wall in places. The gift shop was so crowded you could barely walk. The cost to enter was $15 a piece which I thought was kind of steep. I... More 

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

We were fortunate to go on National Museum Day so there was no admission but I would have gladly paid for the quality of the art and the helpfulness of the museum staff.

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Portland OR
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

PAM is really Portland's only art museum. It has some interesting exhibits, but few noteworthy pieces. My favorite is Karl Huber's "Early Morning" -- a really marvelous piece. Otherwise, there aren't that many pieces of interest here, certainly nothing world-class; yet the admission price is steep, and if there's any kind of special exhibit, you really have to pay up.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

Big, extensive, historic, great collections, interesting gift shop. One of the best museums I've seen on the west coast.

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ninal
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

I am such a museum person. I could spend hours wandering around by myself. This is a great museum for just that. Nice spaces with plenty of natural light and the exhibits are impressive. I especially like the modern art wing, which is a rather thin sliver of a building that spans 3 floors. I am disappointed that there is... More 

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Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

The room featuring art of Paris and New York thoughtfully combines two groups of work usually exhibited separately. It's a bright, beautiful collection and the guard was unusually helpful. The display of Asian religious art, too, combines works usually shown in individual spaces, and features some truly inspiring and lovely work.

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Portland, Oregon
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

This is a nice experience for the family, with interesting exhibits and a pleasant atmosphere.

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Medford, Oregon
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11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

Absolutely great lecture at the P.A.M. This is part of the Film Study Center there, and Kelly teaches classes there. Fascinating lecture, especially for this neophyte when it comes to the subject of creating films and the sound tracks that so greatly influence them.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

Museum is open till 8 PM Thursday & Friday nights. I visited from 5 - 8 PM yet there was much I didn't have time to see. While the collections are small in number, there are some very fine pieces. Special exhibits included 5 Monets (most from a private collection & which I had never before seen) which joined Renoirs,... More 

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vancouver bc canada
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80 reviews 80 reviews
44 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

We went for the Rothko retrospective. Couldn't have been better. Not over-crowded, art well presented, most patrons knew museum etiquette. The permanent collection is also wroth-while, thought after all that Rothko we were kind of burnt out. Don't miss this!

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