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Portland Art Museum Tours
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Situated in the tree-lined Park Blocks neighborhood of downtown Portland, Oregon, the Portland Art Museum is known for its large archives of Native American and First Nations artifacts as well as its exemplary collections of art from around the world. Here you’ll find everything from Van Gogh and Monet paintings to calligraphy from pre–Han Dynasty China.
The Portland Art Museum has nine permanent collections along with a regular rotation of visiting works and exhibits. Permanent collections can be divided into American, European, and Asian art, as well as contemporary and modern art, Native American art, and Northwest art. The museum also has photography, graphic arts, and silver collections. Due to its central location in downtown Portland, it’s a popular stop on Portland city tours.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Visitors are required to check backpacks and umbrellas.
- Photography is allowed in the permanent-collection galleries but prohibited in special exhibitions.
- The entire museum is wheelchair accessible, and wheelchair users can use either entrance.
- The Portland Art Museum is closed on Mondays.
How to Get There
The Portland Art Museum's red brick main building is located on SW Park Avenue, between Madison and Jefferson Streets in downtown Portland, nine blocks west of the Willamette River. The nearest MAX light-rail stop is the Library/SW 9th stop, five blocks away, and many Tri-Met buses stop nearby. Note that downtown street parking is limited; skip the hassle of driving by taking public transit or booking a tour that includes transportation.
When to Get There
Although Portland is best visited in the summer, this indoor attraction is popular throughout the year and offers a selection of visiting exhibits, special programs, and family-friendly programs year-round. Admission is free from 5pm to 8pm on the first Thursday of every month.
Since 2010, the Portland Art Museum has been running a project called Object Stories, a changing collection of storytelling-driven exhibits that highlight issues relevant to the local community. Past topics have ranged from social justice and activism to living with disabilities. Exhibits are rotated every three to four months.
Address: 1219 Southwest Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205, USA
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Portland Art Museum
Immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of central Portland as a local would—by bike. On this bike tour, ride through Portland’s historic west side, exploring art galleries, food carts, iconic breweries and 19th-century architecture. Then head to Waterfront Park for great river views and bridge spotting.
On this 3.5-hour tour, you'll get a broad overview of the Central City. We'll make stops at Pittock Mansion, the International Rose Test Gardens, and the Portland Aerial Tram. At Pittock Mansion, you'll get pictures of the best views of the city, and the five stratovolcanoes that are visible on a clear day. You'll have plenty of time to smell the roses at the Rose City's most famous garden. You'll get another great view of the city riding the Aerial Tram (*PORTLAND AERIAL TRAM CURRENTLY CLOSED TO PUBLIC DUE TO COVID-19*). Your expert guide will provide background on the sites and city history, while navigating through city traffic, so you don't have to. You'll meander through all of the major neighborhoods of inner Portland on both sides of the river while gaining views of 14 of Bridgetown's 22 notable bridges. Your guide will return you to your departure location at the end of the tour. Book our Explore Columbia River Gorge Half-Day Small-Group Tour as well, and receive $10 cash back.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Pay tribute to Portland’s myth-laden landmarks with a fun scavenger hunt adventure! This competition adds pizzazz to a walking tour with a friendly race through Portland to solve clues, complete challenges, and track down some of the city’s hidden gems. Don’t forget your smart phone and sleuthing sensibility! Note: Price is per individual, but each team must book together to join in the same adventure.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Portland Art Museum?
The best ways to experience Portland Art Museum are:
- Downtown Portland Bike Tour
- Discover Portland Half-Day Small-Group City Tour
- Portland Scavenger Hunt Adventure
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