The Portland Art Museum began a limited reopening of its galleries on July 16, following a four-month closure in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Visitors to the Museum will have to plan a little more in advance, and also abide by some new rules in order to keep everyone safe and still enjoy the art.
- Modified days and hours. The Museum will welcome visitors with pre-purchased, timed-entry tickets Thursday through Sunday only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members-only hours are 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. each open morning.
- Timed-entry admission. All visitors will be required to reserve or purchase timed-entry tickets in advance via the Museum’s website.
- Masks and safety precautions. In accordance with Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s orders, visitors and staff are required to wear masks and maintain a 6-foot distance from other groups of visitors. The Museum’s cleaning procedures have also been enhanced in accordance with—and beyond—state guidelines. Visitors can learn more about all safety precautions on the Museum’s
- Free and discounted admission. The Museum continues its commitment to provide free admission for children age 17 and under. Due to temporary closures of some galleries, admission for adults is discounted from $20 to $10 until all galleries can be safely reopened.
- Reduced Gallery Access. In order to provide room for safe distancing, the Museum has a limited number of galleries accessible. Access to more galleries will be expanded as conditions allow.
- Northwest Film Center is embracing Cinema Unbound, offering programming at alternate venues—including the Cinema Unbound Drive-In starting in August! The Film Center has curated virtual screenings of international, local, and Portland films and series. Please note: Because of state restrictions regarding large public gatherings, indoor film screenings and in-person public programs will reopen on a separate timeline. For more information, please visit http://www.nwfilm.org/.
- Museum Store. The Museum Store will be open the same hours as the Museum as well as offering curbside pickup. Call 503-276-4204 to shop.
“There’s no better way to heal and to learn than making it possible for everyone to connect with art and the creative spirit,” says Brian Ferriso, Director and Chief Curator for the Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center.
A detailed description of the admission process and safety precautions can be found on the Museum’s website.
Visitors to the Museum and Northwest Film Center—whether in person or online—will discover a number of special exhibitions and programs have been created or extended.
- Special exhibitions. With visitation opportunities cut short by Covid, the Museum is extending some of this year’s most popular exhibitions, including Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art (extended through January 3, 2021) and Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott (extended through December 13, 2020). Other exhibitions that were planned for this spring and fall, including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism and Ansel Adams in Our Time, have been rescheduled. The Museum's website has been updated to reflect new dates.
- Virtual programming. The Museum and Northwest Film Center will continue to bring great art and film to our communities online.