Located in the heart of Portland’s cultural district on the Park Blocks, Portland Art Museum (PAM) offers 112,000 square feet of exhibition space containing its collection of more than 42,000 diverse art objects for all interests. Founded in 1892, the PAM is the oldest museum on the West Coast and the seventh oldest in the United States. In addition to American Art, Asian Art, Photography, and Contemporary and Modern Art, the permanent collection also includes extensive collections unique to its location and history: Native American Art, Northwest Art, and Silver. The museum calls the Silver collection its “buried treasure” and now houses it in a new gallery space devoted to displaying more than 100 pieces ranging from a 15th-century drinking bowl to a mid-Victorian silver tea service.
Portland Art Museum (The PAM) Information
- Public Transportation: Very good (the museum is accessible via Tri-Met bus, MAX light rail and Portland streetcar)
- Handicapped Accessible: Yes
- Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 12pm- 5pm, Closed Mondays
- Admission: $10, Students (18+) and Seniors (55+) $9, Members and Children under 17 are free
- Tours: Docent-led “Artspeaks” tours are available for special exhibitions (added fees apply)
- Membership: Individual Membership is $55 and includes unlimited free admission to the museum for a year, priority entry, invitations to members-only events and exhibition viewings. Also included are discounts on lectures, films, art making classes, and special programs; art rental and purchasing privileges at the Rental Sales Gallery and the opportunity to join Museum Art Councils.
- Other Benefits: Reciprocal Membership is available at the Friend Level ($125) and above.