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“Wonderful collections”

Portland Art Museum
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Owner description: 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.
Forestville, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful collections”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Native American art, modern art, graphic art-- great collections. Worth the money, although we forgot to get a AAA discount. It's a great activity to do during the hot part of the day. Historical society is right across the street, too.

Visited August 2013
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“Wonderful way to spend the day.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

While it was smaller than we thought, and the Coffee Grounds cafe was not open (we were there on a THursday and the website said it would be), we had a delightful day here.

There was a great deal to see, and it was all wonderfully laid out. The building is a bit confusing, but it was easy to find a guard to assist. The shop is quite amazing, and worth stopping in for gifts (We mentioned that it would be a great place to shop regularly if we lived in the area).

While their online site mentions a lot of things to do for local educators, as an educator myself, I didn't notice a lot that was welcoming to children who might be with their families.

Visited August 2013
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La Mesa, CA.
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“Outstanding collection in areas of interest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

The Asian collection on display is not huge but mostly excellent pieces. Japanese folding screens are an exception they are not of first quality.

Their collection of native American "Indian" art is outstanding and well worth seeing.

Limited collection of European art, but that can be seen anywhere.

Good collection of American artists from the Northwestern part of the U.S.

This is a museum well worth going out of your way to see.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Ted C
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Hudson, Ohio
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“I wouldn't fly to Portland for it”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

I had an afternoon to kill during a business trip and it was a really hot day, so I opted for something indoors, like an art museum.

I would say it is a nice museum, but nothing exceptional. There are some nice pieces of Northwest Native American art, but even that seemed pretty modest. The rest was kind of a hodgepodge, a little bit of everything, but nothing remarkable.

The building is a little confusing, it doesn't seem like it was designed to be an art museum, and sometimes I didn't understand why particular galleries were next to each other.

I did think the $15 for admission was a little not worth the value, but I'll write it off as art is a good cause.

I wouldn't put this on a visitor's short-list of things to do in Portland.

Visited August 2013
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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“Northwest Art collection is exceptional”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

The Portland Art Museum is a smaller museum, but if you want to see everything, you'll need about 3 hours. The special exhibit on Gaston Lachaise is very good. The museum has small collections of a lot of different types of art (rather than an exquisite large collection) with the exception of their collection of Northwest art, which is absolutely exceptional.

Visited July 2013
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