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Portland Art Museum

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Address: 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205-2486
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One of the oldest art museums on the west coast with an impressive...

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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If you live in Seattle, don't go to SAM, go to PAM!!

Wonderful museum with stunning modern wing. They hold other events in a public wing and have an amazing gift shop as well. Don't miss it!

Reviewed 2 February 2016
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Hood River, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Went to see the painting "My Wife's Lovers" by Carl Kahler. This is the painting with 42 cats in it. The painting is huge and awesome. My favorite part of the visit. Lots of master painters in this museum but I thought the price of admission was way too high.

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Reviewed 2 February 2016

Wonderful museum with stunning modern wing. They hold other events in a public wing and have an amazing gift shop as well. Don't miss it!

Thank diane s
Olney, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2016

....wonderful collections of native and northwest Indian art and cultural artifacts.....love the collection of contemporary art and esp the NW artists. Also very good collection of Asian and European artists, prints and photographs. Spend at least 4 hours or all day with a stop to their coffee shop with a variety of snacks, lunch items, drinks, all sourced locally. Admission... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2016

This was an excellent way to spend a rainy afternoon in Portland. There were many varied collections (Native, Asian, Modern, etc.). I will admit, the building is a bit of a maze on some floors, but there is a map. One of the better museums.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

With limited time I was able to momentarily decompress in this gem of an art museum. Just enough of many genres of art. I was delighted to listen to the docents teaching the local students about the NW Pacific indigenous art. (Tlinglit, Haida, Canadian first peoples, etc.) Best gift shop awarded here! Delightful little coffee nook. If you don't have... More 

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Tigard Oregon
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Reviewed 23 January 2016

Portland Art Museum is a great study in the art of art. They have rotating exhibits so there is usually something new to see. Nice mellow place to chill out and enjoy the art

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Chatham, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2016 via mobile

This art museum is well worth the price of admission with a wonderful offering of permanent pieces as well as exciting well thought out special exhibits. My only criticism is that the layout is convoluted and confusing even with a map. It's easy to miss entire exhibits and galleries. Take your time and be sure you see everything. The guides/guards/docents... More 

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Sugar Land
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Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

It was a nice museum and there was a large and different selection of pieces. However there was really nothing notable. The Northwest Indian exhibit was the most interesting. It's a good place to spend a rainy afternoon.

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Ashland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2016

This was our first visit to the museum. We were very impressed with the attentive, friendly staff. The Force of Nature and Falle Fruit exhibitions were our favorites. Fallen Fruit is unique - check it out!

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Mercer Island, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2016

My daughter and I love coming here and it is icing on the cake on top of all of the other things to do in downtown Portland. It is a kind of tradition for us to come to Portland for New Years, and we always get in free with the Bank of America first weekend pass. The temporary exhibits are... More 

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