Portland Art Museum
Portland Art Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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One of the oldest art museums on the west coast with an impressive collection of Native American and Asian art, plus a large modern and contemporary wing. Rotating special exhibitions bring the best of the art world to Portland.
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  • NHjo
    Saco, Maine8,573 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The exhibit was so good, we went back a second time.
    We saw their special exhibition American Perspectives, featuring over seventy significant works from NYC's American Folk Art Museum’s collection. There were so many enchanting and fascinating pieces in the form of quilts, paintings, prints, sculptures, papier-mache, primitive painted boxes, and so on. The canvas made of broken pieces from antique wooden chairs was especially intriguing.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 5, 2023
  • EaglesFan27
    Reading, Pennsylvania642 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Variety
    I really enjoyed my time at the art museum on a rainy afternoon. The native american exhibits were unique. I enjoyed the digital artificial intelligence display, which I've never seen before. They had a good collection of European and modern art also. I spent about 2 hours here.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 7, 2023
  • Ellen28
    New York City, New York1,016 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable stop
    This is a good tourist stop. I didn’t spend too long there - I want to say the spent an hour or so looking through the works. Some were pretty impressive. It’s undergoing a major facelift so I’m guessing it will better in a year or so once the transition is complete and more exhibits are in place.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Beth_sage
    Minnetonka, Minnesota539 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice variety of art
    An interesting mix of art. We appreciated the native art the best. There seem to be a lot of twists, turns and stairs that lead to something new. Some spaces get a bit crowded when the entrance to the room is small, and its a long narrow room. It seems to be a busy place with groups singing etc.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 9, 2023
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Janet A
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The Portland Art Museum was in between traveling exhibits, but we still spent over four hours touring all of the galleries throughout the museum. My favorite was the collection of European paintings and my friend's was the Asian collection. I would have appreciated a curator's explanation of the modern art, but that's how I usually feel about modern art! The museum was Covid-19 safe, as it was spotlessly clean, everyone was required to wear masks, and delightfully sparsely populated.
Written September 25, 2021
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Don'tWaitForRetirement
California4,972 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We enjoyed the "Paris 1900" exhibit in late summer of 2019. Some of the jewelry pieces were exquisite. We also liked the contemporary art wing, particularly the Warhol's. See my photos attached.

The girl on the bag check looked like a druggie and did not make a good first impression upon entry. (Backpacks must be checked-in).

You can leave the museum and come back again, which we did for lunch.

Quality gift shop.

Overall, I felt slightly underwhelmed by the PAM, but it was a good way to while away half a day in Portland.

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Written July 16, 2020
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Katy M
Beaverton, OR45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I am the lucky recipient of two yearly passes to the museum and have taken both my daughters. There is so much to see it's a totally different experience each time you go. The permanent displays are awesome and the guest displays are always on par or even better. They do a great job lighting the art and creating an easy walk, stand, learn, and enjoy experience.
Written January 7, 2020
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lee m
Oakland, CA48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Beautiful space, building and exhibits. Beautiful park and church across the street, groovy coffee shop couple blocks up (Super Joy). The rotating exhibits are world/first class (I've been to many San Francisco, New York and European museums). The current exhibit Egypt (Nefertari and New Kingdom/Egyptian Empire time frame about 3500 years ago) was extensive and impressive. The flow and layout easy to follow, the items capture the history and understanding of those lives and times. Really beautiful and moving. And the gift shop is classy, not too expensive and has wonderful items for this exhibit and other beautiful art and books. Thank you
Written December 3, 2021
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allezgently
St. Petersburg, FL188 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The museum has a lot of potential but wait a year or 2 before going. It is undergoing major construction and the primary exhibits are closed, e.g., native American art and American western artist like Bierstadt. We were very disappointed. Despite closures the museum charged full entry fees. We complained and received a refund. The day we were there, water fountains were shut off, yet the museum website still said to bring no water to the museum. And they did NOT offer any free bottles of water. Only bottles, at $2 each could be purchased at the gift shop. We had heard from friends that the exhibits were really good, and were terribly disappointed. The one open exhibit, Impressionists, was very good, but small.
Written August 9, 2023
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD701 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Visiting Seattle from east coast and drove down for the day, not really sure what to expect from Portland - it has not played well in the media, would it be a mess of unruly protesters and just a waste. Did not find that at all. Had a quiet lunch in the peaceful park across from the museum; you'd have wondered what all the fuss was about. Granted, it was a Friday afternoon, but still. Museum itself was quite good and more than enough variety, quality to spend a good three hours - there's something for almost everyone and enough space for you to move at an unhurried, contemplative pace. Well done.
Written August 1, 2021
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EllenChr
Oslo, Norway2,437 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The building is lagre but only about half of it was oven when we visited. There was so little to see that the entrance fee should have been reduced. The Tickets are at the same rate as the really big art museums elsewhere in the US so to pay such an amount for so little felt like Boeing ripped off.
Written July 8, 2023
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Bill R
Simi Valley, CA131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
Thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the museum. Chock full of world class pieces of art. From Renoir, Monet, Gauguin, Picasso, to Van Gogh (on loan) it was time well spent. Sculptures, free-form displays, as well as Native American and other artifacts from around the world. The BLM exhibit was especially enlightening and moving.
Written August 25, 2022
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Mark I
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
How is this museum nervy enough to charge full price for access to 1/3 of the actual museum? Disgraceful. Greedy. I saw no disclaimer online when I purchased my tickets, either. Why does Portland have to keep letting its people down like this?
Written October 18, 2023
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Lisa H
Wilton, NY217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
I spent about 2 hours at the art museum and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The Ansel Adams exhibit was impressive but, I have to say, the other exhibits were just as impressive. There are Native American exhibits and one by a Portland muralist Isaka Shamsud-Din. I was quite moved by his artwork. I highly recommend a visit to the art museum when in Portland.
Written May 31, 2021
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