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 article about the Portland Art Museum -- one of the oldest art museums in the U.S. and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest.
Whether or not you go, the museum guide, Portland Art Museum Selected Works, provides a glimpse of what lies within!
Showcases Minor White’s rarely-exhibited early works
Series of five exhibitions engage new perspectives
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
A parking garage as a system of lines, angles, masses, planes, and contrasts
Works inspired by the distinct regions that comprise the state
Investigates Harunobu’s lasting mark on the history of Japanese prints
Artist's exploration of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum through drawings, prints, and large panel paintings
100 works demonstrate how poetry has taken visual form in Japan
Examines how images, brands, and popular icons play in perpetuating stereotypes
Seventy 20th-century paintings and sculptures explore modern realism
Cellist plays a duet with reverberations in the landscape