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The Portland Art Museum and its donors are committed to making the Museum a resource for all.
In fact, approximately 1/3 of all visitors enjoy the Museum for free or receive admission at highly reduced prices.

Museum offers free admission and coffee to furloughed federal employees

The Portland Art Museum announced today that it will offer free admission for furloughed federal employees during the partial government shutdown. In addition, the Museum Grounds Café will offer free coffee to impacted employees.

“The Museum is a place for our community to come together, and we are honored to provide a space for inspiration, contemplation and learning for those who are dealing with this unfortunate situation,” said Portland Art Museum Director Brian Ferriso.

The Museum joins a number of other institutions opening their doors to families impacted during the shutdown, including the Oregon Zoo, Portland Japanese Garden, and Oregon Historical Society.

The admission offer is good for up to two people. Children aged 17 years and under always visit for free.

To receive free admission, visitors must show a current federal ID or badge. To receive one free 12 oz. drip coffee and a 20% discount on all other café purchases, customers must show a current federal ID or badge.

  • Free admission for children 17 and under
    Supported by The Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation
  • Free School tours with a reservation
    Supported by Bank of America Foundation; Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund; Ken and Joan Austin / A-dec, Inc
  • Free admission for Veterans and Active-Duty Military
  • Free Quarterly Museum Days and other special free days
    Supported by Sharon L. Miller and Family; The Lamb Baldwin Foundation
  • Free First Thursday – On the first Thursday of each month admission is free from 5-8 p.m.
  • $5 After 5 Fridays – 5-8 p.m.
  • College Creative License – Any enrolled college student can buy an annual pass for the price of a single Museum admission ($20)
  • Arts for All – Anyone who receives food stamps (SNAP/Oregon Trail Card holder) can purchase up to 2 admissions for $5 each
  • Blue Star Museums Program – Offers free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families

Additional support for Museum access programs provided by:
The Citizens of Portland through the Arts and Education Access Fund
OCF The Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation
William H. and Mary L. Bauman Foundation
TEGNA Foundation/KGW 8
Members of the Portland Art Museum
Regional Arts & Culture Council

Of course, members always see it first and members always see it free!

Learn more about the Museum membership programs.