Portland Art Museum
Portland Art Museum
4.5
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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  • dvorac4
    722 contributions
    OK for a small city
    Good museum for a small city; right downtown. Entrance location is on the side behind a sign and on the left down a pathway which is confusing. Different exhibits are in different buildings. Beware - despite the impression created that there is a whole exhibit of Botticelli works of art, there is actually one one piece which is described as mostly being painted by his art studio students. Impressionist wing has one by most key artists of that era so a small collection.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 24 March 2023
  • NHjo
    Saco, Maine8,448 contributions
    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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 April 2023
  • EaglesFan27
    Reading, Pennsylvania631 contributions
    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 7 May 2023
  • Ellen28
    New York City, New York1,000 contributions
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Beth_sage
    Minnetonka, Minnesota539 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 October 2023
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Larry
Zionsville, PA8 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
My main complaint is that they charged full fare for daily admission when only one exhibit was open due to construction. The exhibit was well done and enjoyable but not worth $25 admission.
Written 20 October 2023
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Mark I
3 contributions
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 18 October 2023
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Beth_sage
Minnetonka, MN539 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
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.
Written 9 October 2023
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Bugqueen
Burnaby, Canada854 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
I was surprised at how large the museum is. It was excellent and well worth visiting. The museum’s permanent collection has over 42,000 works of art.
Written 20 September 2023
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SMF-Collegeville
Batesville, IN212 contributions
Jul 2023
When I go to an art museum, I expect to see a fair amount of art in relationship to the museum's size. This museum had some art, but mostly it was blank walls. The space was terribly utilized. It was very expensive for what was there, and very disappointing. We finally felt our kids were old enough this year to appreciate art, this is one of the first art museums that we take them to, and it was almost empty. I have seen small-town (less than 10,000 people) museums with more artwork than this.

There was one exemption and one reason this is not a one-start review - they had a very good traveling display on Guillermo del Toro. However, it was not appropriate for the young.
Written 19 August 2023
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allezgently
St. Petersburg, FL188 contributions
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 9 August 2023
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Winkie2017
Littleton, CO11 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
This is a nice museum. We happened upon a special exhibit about the making of the movie Pinocchio. Fascinating. They also had a nice Impressionist exhibt.
Written 7 August 2023
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EllenChr
Oslo, Norway2,433 contributions
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 8 July 2023
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Ellen28
New York City, NY1,000 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
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.
Written 25 June 2023
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TravelorDe
Indian Shores, FL38 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
Superb even though one of the larger galleries was closed of for an exhibition installation. Looks like they plan to extend buy building a spectacular new adjacent building, will definitely come back when this has come to reality.
Written 28 May 2023
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