Programs & Tours
Artist Talks Series
Second Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.
$5 members, $20 non-members
The second Thursday of each month offers the opportunity to join artists in the galleries for discussion about works of art and how they relate to their practices. Participants depart at 6 p.m. from the Hoffman Lobby. Talks are followed by a complimentary happy hour until 8 p.m.
Art & Conversation
Third Tuesdays, 9:15 a.m.
Free for adults 62 and over.
Join us the third Tuesday of every month for coffee and conversation followed by a lecture. Coffee at 9:15 a.m.; lecture at 10 a.m.
Art & Conversation is made possible through the Marguerite and Harry Kendall Education Fund. Additional support comes from Rick and Erika Miller.
Midday Art Breaks
Second Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m.
Free for members or with Museum admission.
Tour of one of the Museum’s permanent collections or special exhibitions with a curator, Museum educator, or special guest. Tours depart from the exhibition or collection entrance.
$5 after 5 p.m. Fridays
Fridays, 5-8 p.m.
Every Friday evening, we invite you to play with us—to have a different Museum experience—a little bit more relaxed, more interactive, and more social experience. Admission is just $5 after 5 p.m.!
- Beer, wine, and food at Art Pub in the Museum Grounds Café.
- Occasional special events like pop-up exhibitions, performances, art making, and improv comedy.
Photography Brown Bag Talks
Third Wednesdays, Noon – 1 p.m.
Every third Wednesday of the month at noon, photography enthusiasts gather at the Museum to hear talks by regional photographers, gallerists, historians, curators, and collectors.
First Thursday, 10 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Free for members and children, $20 non-members
Now held on the first Thursday of every month, this Museum event offers the opportunity for babies and their caregivers to enjoy art together. The group will explore art with a docent for 45 minutes of slow looking in the galleries followed by coffee, tea, and conversation in the family-friendly Stevens Board Room.
For babies up to 1 year old and their caregivers. Space is limited; preregistration required and available online.
A student-driven annual event for LGBTQIA+ youth and allies. Make art, make friends, and have fun! Check the calendar for current details.
Developed in partnership with the Oregon Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, artNOW is a program that welcomes individuals living with dementia and their care partners into the Museum while it’s closed to the public for a creative two-hour experience. Please call the Alzheimer’s Association’s helpline at 1-800-272-3900 to register and learn more.
Third Thursday, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Free for members and aides; $3 Museum admission fee for non-members. Guide dogs are welcome.
The Portland Art Museum offers small, docent-led tours for visitors who are blind or partially-sighted on the third Thursday of each month at from 1:30–3 p.m. (Please note there are no tours in August or December.) The tours feature extended verbal descriptions of works in the Museum’s collection, and offer tactile examples when possible. For more information or to arrange a special group tour, please call 503-276-4290 and leave a message; a staff member will return your call. Please see the events calendar for details on upcoming tours.
An interdisciplinary seminar series coordinated in partnership with PSU University Studies. Seminars explore big ideas raised by the Museum’s exhibitions through topics in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Seminars are limited to 30 participants and open to the public, but are offered free to educators and students.
Miller Family Free Day
Free for everyone.
Miller Family Free Day allows visitors to explore exhibitions through art-making, music, interactive activities, demonstrations, and performances the whole family can enjoy.
Miller Family Free Day is generously supported in part by Sharon L. Miller and Family, the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation, and the Lamb Baldwin Foundation.
Free for members or with Museum admission
Public Tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance at 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; 6 p.m. on Fridays; 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays; and 3 p.m. on Sundays. A Public Family Tour is offered on Sundays at 12:30 p.m.
Please see the events calendar for details on upcoming public tours.
School Group Tours at the Portland Art Museum are free for K-12 students and $2.50 for college students, and available by reservation only. Tours of Museum collections and special exhibitions for kindergarten through college students are designed to meet the needs of different age groups, curricula, and interests.
Adult groups of 12 or more qualify. The group rate for Museum admission is $16 per person. Adult Group Tour reservations must be made two weeks in advance; full payment must be received ten days prior to visit. No refunds or exchanges. To make a reservation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This public tour invites visitors to look closely, reflect, and discuss observations in order to take a deep dive into two works of art over the course of an hour.
First and Third Thursdays
Enjoy a slow looking tour experience and object focused meditation. This public tour invites people to relax, rejuvenate, energize and be calm.
Sundays, 12:30 p.m.
Children under 17 are free.
Meet us in the front lobby to get up close and personal with works of art during a family-friendly docent tour.