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The Portland Art Museum is committed to providing meaningful access to as many people as possible.

Requesting Accommodations

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for specific requests such as tours with verbal description or ASL interpretation. Please email requests to access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.

Always-Available Accommodations

  • Aides and care-providers receive free admission.
  • Service animals are welcome.
  • Manual wheelchairs are available free of charge.
  • T-coil compatible FM listening devices and neck loops are available free of charge at lectures, films, and tours. If you would like to request an ALD for a tour, it is helpful if you can let us know ahead of time by emailing access@pam.org or calling 503-226-2811.
  • Docent-guided tours with verbal description are available on the third Thursday of each month or by request with advance notice.
  • Sensing Art: Tours for Visitors who are Blind or Experience Low Vision
    Please see pam.to/blindlowvision for more information and to reserve a ticket. For questions or more information please email accesstours@pam.org or call Becky Emmert, Head of Accessibility, at 503-276-4334.
  • The artNOW program offers docent-led tours on select Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. Please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 for more information and to RSVP.
  • Reduced prices are available for visitors through our Admission Access Programs.
  • The museum’s library is open to the public by appointment.

Getting to the Museum

Accessible Entrance
There is one wheelchair-accessible entrance into the museum located next to the outdoor sculpture garden between SW Park Avenue and SW 10th Avenue.

Parking
There are two metered accessible parking spaces on the museum side of SW Park Avenue, and two across the street from the museum on 10th Avenue. The paid parking lot next to the museum has four accessible parking spaces.

Transportation
For Trimet Lift and rideshare passengers, there is a loading zone with a curb cutout in front of the museum at SW Park Avenue and Madison Street.

The museum is located near the following stops and lines:

  • The Art Museum stop on the NS and A loop streetcar lines.
  • The SW 11 and Jefferson stop on the NS and B loop streetcar lines.
  • The SW 10th and Jefferson bus stop serving lines 6, 38, 45, 55, 58, 68, 92, and 96.

Moving through the Museum

We know the museum can be confusing to navigate. Please ask one of our staff members if you have any questions.

Elevators
The museum consists of two main buildings with galleries and event spaces that are accessible by stairs and elevators.

Restrooms
All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall gender-neutral bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

If you have suggestions about this page or our accessibility services, please email access@pam.org, or take a moment to fill out this survey.

A group of visitors sitting and listening to a docent talk about artwork.

Upcoming Events

The events listed have real time captioning, American Sign Language/English Interpreters, and/or Audio Description already scheduled. If an event is not listed or you would like to request additional accommodations please email us at access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.

Apr
16
Thu
Artist Talk: Jennifer Rabin
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: Jennifer Rabin

Jennifer Rabin is a writer, visual artist, arts writer, and arts activist. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Sun, The Rumpus, Harvard Review, Hyperallergic, and Willamette Week, where she served as the visual arts writer. She approaches art making as a devotional practice and is interested in the ways it offers us portals into other people’s experiences. She recently completed a memoir, All the Reverence in Our Hearts, about the power of art to shepherd us through difficult times.

Join artists from a range of disciplines in the galleries for lively conversations about works of art on view at the Museum and how they relate to their own practices. The talks are followed by complimentary social hour in the museum cafe.

ASL/English Interpreters and automated real time captioning will be provided for this event.

Program begins at 6 p.m. $5 members, $20 non-members, $17 seniors. Space is limited. Tickets available online or on site.

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Apr
24
Fri
Gallery Talk: John Hitchcock
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join printmaker, musician, and multimedia artist John Hitchcock (Comanche/Kiowa/ German/Dutch) for a presentation and discussion about his multimedia project and installation, Bury the Hatchet. Hitchcock is a professor of printmaking and associate dean for the arts in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

ASL/English Interpreters and automated real time captioning will be provided for this event.

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May
9
Sat
Conversation: Kay WalkingStick
May 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Conversation: Kay WalkingStick

Critically acclaimed artist Kay WalkingStick, a Cherokee painter known for her early abstraction and iconic landscapes, will be joined by Native American Art Curator Kathleen Ash-Milby in a conversation about the artist’s career of more than five decades. The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.

This event is sponsored by the Native American Art Council of the Portland Art Museum and presented in collaboration with Froelick Gallery, Portland Community College, and Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.

ASL/English Interpreters and automated real time captioning will be provided for this event.

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May
21
Thu
Artist Talk: ariella tai
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: ariella tai

A video artist, film scholar, and independent programmer from Queens, New York, ariella tai currently re-appropriates, glitches, and video processes existing media. They are one half of “the first and the last,” a fellowship, workshop, and screening series supporting and celebrating the work of black women and femmes in film, video, and new media art. They have shown work at PICA, the Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest, the Northwest Film Center, Boathouse Microcinema, Wa Na Wari, Anthology Film Archives, MOCA, and Smack Mellon.

Join artists from a range of disciplines in the galleries for lively conversations about works of art on view at the Museum and how they relate to their own practices. The talks are followed by complimentary social hour in the museum cafe.

ASL/English Interpreters and automated real time captioning will be provided for this event.

Program begins at 6 p.m. $5 members, $20 non-members, $17 seniors. Space is limited. Tickets available online or on site.

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May
30
Sat
Precarious Places: Alternative Art Spaces PDX
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Precarious Places: Alternative Art Spaces PDX

Join us as we examine the potential and the precariousness of exhibition spaces and curatorial practices operating outside the mainstream art world. This summit explores what is “alternative” at a time of economic scarcity and shifting institutional models. Shelly Bancroft and Peter Nesbett of Triple Candie will join Portland curators and artists with presentations on artist-run spaces, community-based projects, and curatorial activism.

ASL/English Interpreters and automated real time captioning will be provided for this event.

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Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Being Present: Revisiting, Somewhat Unfaithfully, Portland’s Most Experimental Art Experiment, PCVA, on view through June 14, 2020.