Founded in late 1892, the Museum’s 2.5-block campus is the cornerstone of Portland’s cultural district. It includes the modernist-style Belluschi Building, the historic Mark Building, and an outdoor sculpture court, with a subterranean gallery connecting the two buildings.
PAM holds a permanent collection of more than 42,000 works of European, American, and Asian art, and at least one major traveling exhibition most of the time. The museum includes centers for Native American art, Northwest art, and modern and contemporary art, as well as permanent exhibitions of Asian art and an outdoor public sculpture garden. As an active collecting institution, 90 percent of the gallery space is dedicated to the permanent collection.
With more than 112,000 square feet of gallery space, PAM ranks in the top 25 museums in the country with the most gallery and exhibition space.
Read our blog article about how the Portland Art Museum -- one of the oldest art museums in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest -- moved from Ancient to Modern and into the 21st-century.
Whether or not you go, the museum guide, Portland Art Museum Selected Works, provides a glimpse of what lies within!
Explore the studio's world-building hallmarks of production, design, sets, props, puppets, and costumes
Showcases Minor White’s rarely-exhibited early works
Work inspired by the distinct regions that comprise Oregon state
2 video works dealing with aspects of being a worker within a capitalist system
Selection of prints, books, and ceramics by contemporary Japanese artists
Celebrates Chilkat and Ravenstail women weavers of the Northwest Coast
500-year sampling of the animal kingdom in prints, drawings, and posters
Series of five exhibitions engage new perspectives
Portraits of those touched by ethnic and religious wars, climate crises, and social banishment
100 paintings and drawing traces the artist’s evolution to maturity
Exposes the uncomfortable paradoxes that abound in the contemporary moment
16 cars and 2 motorcycles showcase the concept of streamlining in design