The Portland Art Museum announces a limited reopening of its galleries on July 16 following a four-month closure in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Museum begins welcoming back visitors with four free admission days, July 16–19.
“There’s no better way to heal and to learn than making it possible for everyone to connect with art and the creative spirit,” said Brian Ferriso, Director and Chief Curator for the Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center.
The Museum is working with federal, state, and local experts and government officials to develop a plan that prioritizes the health of both staff and visitors. The Museum and Northwest Film Center will modify its operations for the foreseeable future, with changes including:
- Modified days and hours. The Museum will welcome visitors with pre-purchased timed entry tickets Thursday through Sunday only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A members-only hour will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. each open morning beginning July 23.
- Timed-entry admission. All visitors will be required to reserve or purchase timed-entry tickets in advance via the Museum’s website.
- Masks and safety precautions. In accordance with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s orders, visitors and staff will be required to wear masks and maintain a 6-foot distance from other groups of visitors. The Museum’s cleaning procedures have also been enhanced in accordance with—and beyond—state guidelines. Visitors can learn more about all safety precautions on the Museum’s website.
- Free and discounted admission. The Museum is continuing its commitment to provide free admission for children age 17 and under. Due to temporary closures of some galleries, admission for adults will be discounted from $20 to $10 beginning July 23, until all galleries can be safely re-opened.
- Reduced Gallery Access. In order to provide room for safe distancing, the Museum will open with a limited number of galleries accessible. Access to more galleries will be expanded as conditions allow.
- Northwest Film Center, Whitsell Auditorium, public programming, and tours. Because of state restrictions regarding large public gatherings, indoor film screenings and in-person public programs, including tours will reopen on a separate timeline. In the meantime virtual screenings and programs will continue online, and the Northwest Film Center will be offering programming at alternate venues—including a month-long Cinema Unbound Drive-In starting in August.
- Event Rentals. Rental events in the Museum’s spaces remain closed in accordance with state guidelines.
- Museum Store. The Museum Store will be open the same hours as the Museum as well as offering curbside pickup. Call 503-276-4204 to shop.
A detailed description of the admission process and safety precautions can be found on the Museum’s website.
Visitors to the Museum and Northwest Film Center—whether in person or online—will discover a number of special exhibitions and programs have been created or extended.
- Special exhibitions. With visitation opportunities cut short by COVID, the Museum is extending some of this year’s most popular exhibitions, including Volcano! Mount St. Helens in Art (extended through January 3, 2021) and Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott (extended through December 13, 2020). Other exhibitions that were planned for this spring and fall, including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism and Ansel Adams in Our Time, have been rescheduled. The Museum’s website has been updated to reflect new dates.
- Virtual programming. The Museum and Northwest Film Center will continue to bring great art and film to our communities online.
The Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center are particularly grateful to members and donors who have supported the institution during the closure. Your financial contributions helped maintain staff and facilities, enabled expanded education programming, and allowed us to re-imagine the future.