“The oldest museum in the northwest”
Founded in late 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions, drawn from the Museum’s holdings and the world’s finest public and private collections. The Museum’s collection of more than 42,000 objects, displayed in 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The collection is distinguished for its holdings of art of the native peoples of North America, English silver, and the graphic arts. An active collecting institution dedicated to preserving great art for the enrichment of future generations, the Museum devotes 90 percent of its gallery space to its permanent collection. The Museum’s campus of landmark buildings, a cornerstone of Portland’s cultural district, includes the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, the Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, and the Northwest Film Center. With a membership of over 23,000 households and serving more than 350,000 visitors annually, the Museum is a premier venue for education in the visual arts.
A surprisingly well stocked Art Museum for this smaller city - there are a few of Monet's original works, a Van Gogh and a brilliant Train Heist Portrait from NC Wyeth in the North American gallery upstairs. We have had the chance to attend a few of their special showings, including their bicycle and Samurai exhibitions. Overall its a great Art Museum and well worth getting a annual pass for the special exhibitions.
Easily one of the best art museums i've ever been to. The permanent collections are great, but they also host a myriad of great events and traveling exhibits. My favorite was when they had a huge collection of M.C. Escher's work on display. To see his original wood blocks that he hand carved to make his art was truly breathtaking.
One of the 25 largest museums in the country, the Portland Art Museum showcases impressive touring exhibitions and permanent collections of American, European, Asian, Native American, and contemporary art. With over 35,000 works of art, it is the region's most comprehensive visual arts resource.
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Portland Art Museum
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