Portland Art Museum Travel Guide


A guide to visiting the Portland Art Museum to see varied American, European, Asian, Native American, and African sculpture, photography, art, silver, artifacts and more.

With over 350,000 visitors per year, the Portland Art Museum is a wonderful destination for visitors to and locals of Portland, the beautiful City of Roses. The museum houses a permanent collection of approximately 40,000 art and artifact objects displayed in an amazing 112,000 square feet of gallery space.

Founded in 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. The six-story museum is internationally respected for its exquisite collections, lectures, tours, educational programs, artistic inspirations and special exhibitions.

Portland Art Museum Collection

The museum’s collection is constantly changing as some pieces are loaned out and artworks from other museums are borrowed. This keeps the museum interesting, as there is something new to see on each visit. Outstanding traveling exhibitions that change often also add to the museum’s appeal.

Just a few of the many objects one can see at the museum are varied American paintings and sculpture, European paintings, sculpture and classical antiquities, a suite of four galleries of Asian arts, Native American artifacts, and assorted sculpture, photography, art, lovely silver, and contemporary and modern art.

The museum’s huge and comprehensive collection and dedication to the preservation of a wide range of art will surely add to the enrichment of present and future generations. A visit to the Portland Art Museum is something that should not be missed.

Frommer’s Travel Review Impressed with Native American Artifacts and Art

From the Portland Art Museum Website, Frommer’s travel website says “…the best reason to visit is to see the extensive collection of Native American art and artifacts. There’s also a good collection of Northwest contemporary art that includes a fascinating two-story wall of ‘artifacts’ by glass artist William Morris.”

According to the Portland Art Museum website, “The [Native American art] collection, remarkable for both its depth and diversity, consists of more than 5,000 prehistoric and historic objects created by more than 200 cultural groups from throughout North America…”

Educational Opportunities at the Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum offers educational events for the entire family and also has a wonderful education center to visit. There are studio art classes (via scheduled events or drop-in hours), tours, presentations (as arranged), online teacher guides and more. The College Student Pass Program offers students a year’s admission to the Museum for only $10—the price of one regular adult ticket.

Museum Information

  • Portland Art Museum Address: 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
  • Admission prices (about $11-$15); for more information call 503.226.2811.
  • FAX: 503.226.4842
  • Payment Accepted: check, cash, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover Card.
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Bus Parking: No
  • Group Discounts: Yes
  • Memberships Available: Yes (Membership is reciprocal with certain other museums.)