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Museum Lifts COVID Restrictions

In accordance with Oregon Governor Brown’s office, the Museum and Northwest Film Center have lifted COVID-19 pandemic restrictions including mask-wearing and social distancing. The lifted restrictions also mean there is more visitor capacity for popular exhibitions like Ansel Adams in Our Time

Museum staff and visitors are encouraged and empowered to make their own individual mask-wearing choices and will be supported in those decisions. As Oregon emerges from pandemic restrictions, we ask that visitors to the Museum and Northwest Film Center program attendees extend kindness to each other by following our Visitor Agreement to Safe and Inclusive Spaces.

Timed entry will continue, and tickets are available online and onsite. Continuing timed entry has to do with managing visitor comfort and safety in our special exhibition spaces, and not with lingering pandemic restrictions. Reserving tickets in advance online saves time at the box office, but is not required. 

Additional updates:

  • Due to continued reduced staffing and budget constraints, the Whitsell Auditorium inside the Portland Art Museum will remain closed. Be sure to enjoy open-air cinema with the Northwest Film Center’s Cinema Unbound Summer Movie Series
  • The majority of free and discounted admissions are on hold for the time being because of continued reduced staffing and budget constraints. Children ages 17 and under are still free. 
  • The Museum Grounds Cafe remains closed.
  • The Rental Sales Gallery is now open for walk-in visits Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • The Museum Store is back to full capacity and is open during regular Museum hours. The online store will continue to operate for convenient shopping from home! 

What to see and do this summer at the Museum and Film Center!

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Visitor Agreement To Safe and Inclusive Spaces

The Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center are committed to fostering a safe, inclusive, welcoming environment for staff, visitors, volunteers, and audiences alike. We are a Museum and Film Center open to everyone and value-creating new experiences, exploring the world around us, and being a place for connection, healing, and learning.

We are committed to ensuring that all spaces and events are free from harassment, discrimination, and threatening or disrespectful behavior of any kind. Anyone who engages in such conduct either on or off-site will have their access to galleries, festival screenings, events, and venues revoked without notice or refund.  If you have experienced or observed any violations of this agreement, or have any concerns, please alert a member of our staff immediately, call 503-226-2811 or complete an online report.

By visiting the Museum and Film Center, you agree to abide by this agreement to safe and inclusive spaces. We appreciate your participation in cultivating a positive environment!