Portland Art Museum

For art, film and collection lovers out there make your stay in Portland memorable by visiting the Portland Art Museum. You can check out their current exhibitions and film showings through their website as well.

The mission of engaging various communities via art and film to educate people is at the heart of the Portland Art Museum.

They try their best to be an institution that organizes dialogue, debate and free exchange of ideas. They are committed to artists both past and present, the Museum, and Film Center’s staff and programs aim to show the beauty of the world and create an understanding of our shared lives.

They are a Museum for all people, and they are open to inviting anyone to connect with arts through their own voices, experiences, and personal travels.

The Portland Art Museum is the top cultural institution in the state and region. They pride themselves with excellence, innovation, and engaged community relations. The Museum presents a dynamic and up to date program coming from its collections and Films.

The Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest and was founded late 1892 as seven leaders from Portland’s cultural and business institutions started the Portland Art Association. The purpose was to create a first-class museum that would cater to all citizens.

The first collection was purchased from a gift of $10,000 given by Henry Corbett. It consisted of around one hundred plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculptures. The Corbett Collection went on display and it became one of Portland’s most important and popular cultural resource. It became an attraction for school field trips and huge lecture audience.

The Museum continued to grow during the years after the first World War. In the 1920s the Museum hosted two memorable exhibitions by Sally Lewis, who was a daughter of a well known Portland family. The exhibit included 44 paintings by Picasso, Andre Derain, Matisse, Max Webber, Charles Burchfield, and Maurice Prendergast.

In 2001, the Museum made its biggest single purchase through New York art critic Clement Greenberg’s private collection. It included 159 works by artists like Jules Olitsky, Kenneth Noland and Anthony Caro.

The Museum has 112,000 square feet of gallery space and it ranks among the top 25 museums across the country having the biggest gallery and exhibition space.

It prides itself in being an active collecting institution, the Museum gives 90% of its gallery space for its permanent collection.

The Northwest Film Center was put up in 1978 and is a regional media arts organization founded to expand the study and appreciation of the moving image arts. The Center shows a variety of video and film exhibitions as well as information and education programs.

Yearly membership consists of 23,000 member households that include 96,000 individuals. There are more than 350,000 visitors that visit every year which includes around 50,000 schoolchildren.

At present, they have a collection of some 42,000 objects and is still one of the leading cultural institutions in the Pacific Northwest.

Museum Hours

Mon: Closed
Tue: 10 am to 5 pm
Wed: 10 am to 5 pm
Thu: 10 am to 8 pm
Fri: 10 am to 8 pm
Sat: 10 am to 5 pm
Sun: 10 am to 5 pm

Museum Admission
Free Members, Children 17 and under
$20 Adults
$17 Seniors 62 above, College Students
Adult Group Tours $16 with reservation
K-12 School Group Tours – free with reservation

The Museum has valued relationships with the press including editors, local writers, and critics alike. They are constantly updated with the latest Museum news, programs, and exhibitions

Visit the Museum and enjoy art like never before!