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Portland Art Museum
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrFounded in 1892, the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon, is the oldest art museum on the Pacific Northwest and the seventh-oldest in the entire United States. Portland’s largest art museum is internationally recognized for its fine permanent collection and progressive and ambitious temporary exhibitions. Covering a total of 240,000 square feet, it is not only the largest art museum in the city, but also one of the 25 largest in the country.
The collection is made up of more than 42,000 works of art, reflecting art history from ancient times up until the present. In addition to European Renaissance paintings, Asian art, an outdoor sculpture garden, and modern and contemporary art, the museum also holds distinguished collections of Native American art, English silver, and graphic arts. Focusing on education, preservation and collecting, the Portland Art Museum draws in more than 350,000 visitors each year.
HistoryThe museum was founded in 1892 by seven leaders from cultural and business institutions in Portland. They created the Portland Art Association with the goal of establishing a public art museum. Prominent local citizen, Henry Corbett, donated $ 10,000 USD with which the museum bought its very first collection of about a hundred plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculptures. This first exhibition took place in the upper hall of the city’s library. The casts can still be seen, spread across the museum. The museum moved to its present location in 1932.
Visiting the Portland Art MuseumFeaturing many different exhibits, from Native American and Northwest art to Ancient Greek and Roman sculptures and paintings by the Old Masters, the Portland Art Museum is one of the finest museums on the west coast of the United States.
It is open from Tuesday through Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. On Thursday and Friday the museum stays open until 8 p.m. It is closed on Mondays, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Tickets cost $ 15 USD for adults and $ 12 USD for students and seniors. Children 17 and younger can enter for free.
How to Get ThereConveniently located on S.W. Park Avenue in two historic buildings on the South Park Blocks in Downtown Portland, the museum is easily accessed by public transport, by bicycle or on foot from anywhere in the city center.
Similar and Nearby LandmarksOther cultural landmarks in the city are the Oregon Zoo, the Oregon Historical Society Museum and the Pittock Mansion.
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Author: bramreusen. Last updated: Feb 23, 2015