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Portland Art Museum

Portland Art Museum
Portland Art Museum

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Founded in late 1892 by seven of Portland's leading business and cultural institution leaders, the Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum on the West Coast and the 7th oldest in the United States. Located on the historic Park Blocks in the center of downtown Portland roughly 12 blocks south of West Burnside Street and nine blocks west of the Willamette River, the 240,000 sq. ft. Portland Art Museum contains a permanent collection of more than 42,000 works of art.

The museum features permanent collections of Native American, Northwest, modern and contemporary, American, European, and Asian art. It also has extensive photography and silver collections as well as a beautiful outdoor public sculpture garden. Within the museum, there is also a rental sales gallery with various paintings, sculptures, drawings, collages, and photography showcasing over 250 regional artists from the Oregon, Vancouver, and Washington area. Another major component of the museum is the Northwest Film Center which provides a variety of film and video exhibitions as well as education and information programs.

Some of the most notable works of art at the Portland Art Museum include Water Lilies and the River at Lavacourt by Claude Monet, Castel Gandolfo by George Inness, Mount Hood by Albert Bierstadt, and The Ox-Cart by Vincent Van Gogh. The art museum also offers seasonal special exhibitions accompanied by special lectures and workshops led by experts in the field. A museum shop located just inside the building allows the visitor to purchase interesting gifts or browse one of the best selections of art books in the city.

Attraction Information

  • Hours:
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday: 10am to 5pm
  • Thursday and Friday: 10am to 8pm
  • Sunday: 12pm to 5pm
  • Monday: Closed
  • Admission:
  • Adults: $12
  • Seniors 55 and up: $9
  • Students 18 and up (with ID): $9
  • Children 17 and younger: Free
  • School Group Tours By reservation: Free
  • Bus Stop:
  • 1-Vermont, 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th, 12-Barbur/Sandy Blvd, 94-Sherwood/Pacific Hwy Express to the SW 5th & Madison Station
  • Contact:
  • Location: 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR
  • Phone: 503-226-2811
  • Website:
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