The Portland Art Museum was founded through the efforts of the Portland Art Association. PAM is the largest art musuem in Oregon and is one of the oldest in the country. The main building has four floors and a lower level that connects to Mark building. It is home to works of photography, paintings, installations, and sculptures that range from ancient to contemporary art.
Things to Do
- Grab a map before you venture into the galleries. Visit the main building for the vast permanent collections of photography, Native American, Asian, Northwest, and European art. See works from Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Albert Bierstadt.
- Find the Impressionism, contemporary, and modern art collection, including installations, at the Mark building. Works from regional artists are also on display.
- Don't miss the ongoing special exhibits and museum events. The museum chooses interesting displays such as the Venice exhibit. Artist events and art discussions are also held regularly. Check the museum's calendar for the schedules.
- Grab your camera and take photos of the outdoor sculptures at the Sculpture Garden located in the front lawn between the two buildings.
- Visit the museum coffee shop, gift shop, and rental gallery of local artists. Cap off your day with a visit to the Northwest Film Center located in the same building as the museum.
Portland Art Museum Insider Tips
- Free admission every fourth Friday of the month from 5-8PM. Admission fee is 5USD only on any other Friday. Kids under 17 can always go in for free.
- Get a map from the front desk so you can navigate your way through the maze of galleries.