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Portland Art Museum

Portland Art Museum Guide -  The Art Museum of Portland is a popular visiting spot when you're looking for things to do in Portland.  "PAM" is one of the largest art museums in the country with 112,000 square feet, and while it doesn't always rival some of the most popular art museums in sheer volume of visitors, it makes up for that with impressive rotating exhibits featuring some of the most well loved artists throughout various periods of art history.  The permanent collection features art from ancient times to the present and there's always something fascinating to contemplate. "From the first acquisition in 1895 to the donation of Vincent van Gogh’s The Ox-Cart in 2007, the Museum’s extensive collection has grown to include thousands of works, many of which were gifts from Museum founders and generous members of our community." (Source: PAM.ORG)

I've visited the art museum to see the Pre-Raphaelite exhibit, M.C. Escher exhibit, and several others.  I always look forward to seeing what's new at the art museum.  Spending an afternoon strolling through gallery after gallery and enjoying the quiet ambiance, beautiful rooms, and hardwood floors is one of my favorite things to do in Portland.  You can become a member of the museum and take advantage of free admission, special showings, discounts to the art museum store, priority entry to art museum events, and more.  If you're going to visit the museum frequently, a membership is a good bargain.  You can event rent space at the art museum for your next event, or even your have your wedding at the Portland Art Museum!

The Mission of the Portland Art Museum is "to serve the public by providing access to art of enduring quality, educating a diverse audience about art, and by collecting and preserving a wide range of art for the enrichment of present and future generations."

Videos of Portland Art Museum Exhibits

Wondering what you can expect in your visit to the art museum? To get a small sample of what types of exhibits and events are going on at the museum, here are a few video clips.  You can follow PAM on YouTube at:


Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 226-2811

Portland Art Museum Admission Prices

Adults $12.00
Seniors (55 – up) $9.00
Students (18 – up, with Student ID) $9.00
Adult Group Tours (12 or more) $8.00
Museum Members - FREE
Children (17 – younger) - FREE
School Group Tours - By reservation - FREE (Reserve Now)

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Art Museum on your iPhone

Visit the Art Museum with your iPhone.  "Created in partnership with Spotlight Mobile, the iPhone application includes 12 short videos featuring curators, educators, and others discussing works of art on view in the Museum's permanent collection. The app also includes a map so visitors can easily locate the featured works of art, as well as general Museum information.  Check out the app during your next visit by borrowing an iPod Touch from the Hoffman Lobby desk, or download the application for free from the iTunes store by searching portlandartmuseum." (Source:

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Museum Exhibitions and Current Events

Check the latest exhibits at the Art Museum and plan your next visit. There are always some new events worth checking out!

Art Museum Events Calandar:

Events by category: Events by program:

Become a Member of the Portland Art Museum (PAM)

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Individual Membership  

Family or Couple Membership

Volunteer at the Art Museum

Give back to the arts and help support the Art Museum through volunteer opportunities.  Learn more about volunteering at the art museum:

Donate and Support the Museum

"The Portland Art Museum must rely on the generosity of its friends and supporters to meet the enormous cost of providing programs and services, year-round, to 350,000 annual visitors (50,000 are school-age children). Less than 2 percent of annual funding comes from governmental sources." (PAM.ORG)  There are many different ways to donate to the art museum.  

Learn more about how you can donate at:


Education and Outreach

Learn more about art education, outreach and community programs at:


Art Museum  -  Directions and Map

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Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 226-2811

The Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest on the West Coast. The Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions, drawn from the Museums holdings and the worlds finest public and private collections.

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We hope you enjoy your visit to the city of Roses and to the Portland Art Museum tour.  If you have photos or videos of PAM that you'd like to share, please contact us or post them on the Portland photo gallery and Portland videos page. Looking for more ideas of things to do in Portland?  Visit our Portland Attractions page.

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