The Portland Art Museum (or PAM), situated along the scenic South Park Blocks in South-West is one of our favorite rainy-day activity recommendations for Portland visitors and residents alike. Founded in 1892, the PAM is one of the oldest art institutions in the western United States. Both buildings of the museum are visible as we roll through the park blocks on our Essential Portland city tours, and participants can get a quick glance into the sculpture garden that sits between them, a quiet haven of art on the edge of the downtown business and financial district.
From now through January 1st, they’re hosting an exhibit of some of Warhol’s iconic work. “Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation” is an exhibit of work spanning the artists’ career from book illustration to the screenprinting that he is best known for. Arranged chronologically, the exhibit is a great introduction to the artists’ purpose for new viewers, and a new look into the process behind some of his most iconic work for fans. Featuring prints of Marilyn, Mao and a Campbell’s Soup can, the collection is not lacking the flare of Warhol’s most famous work.
Unlike many museums around the States, access to the Warhol exhibit is included with admission to the museum. An adult ticket on an average day costs $19.99, however the museum frequently runs promotions with discounted tickets for special occasions throughout the month. We recommend the museum as a good way to escape the weather this holiday season, and it makes a nice compliment of a half-day trip with our Essential Portland city tour, which will help to orient you in both the geography and history of the South Park Blocks.