The Portland art museum is located in Portland, Oregon in the United States. The museum was founded in the end of 1892 and is the oldest art museum of the northwest pacific. The total area of this museum is 240,000 square feet. At present the permanent collection of the museum is above 32,000 art pieces. The Portland art museum has become an important center for Native American art. It is also a center for northwestern artwork. There are also good ranges of contemporary art pieces. The museum is also admired as one of a permanent centre for exhibition of Asian art and serves also as an outdoor sculpture garden for common public. The renowned northwest film centre falls under premise of Portland art museum. The original building of the Portland art museum is called Belluschi building. The Belluschi building designed by the contemporary architect Pietro Belluschi was placed in the National register for world historic places. Till 1994, the museum was considered as an art school and was only called as"The Museum Art School".
From time to time the museum organizes many exhibitions of various art categories which make the viewers to focus on color, materials and shapes. It gives scope for sharing individual experiences of the art work.
Recently in the year 2005 the Portland art museum has expanded in area. The area is about 141,000 square feet. The museum offers fun art making programs on every Sundays for families in the museum itself. You can enjoy this opportunity and see the local artists busy in creating collages, sculptures and even print works. Members associated with the museum or people having special permission need not worry about the entry fee since family visits are made free. The museum is also admired as the regionís most comprehensive visual art resource center. In the recent times the Portland art museum has come in the category of one of the twenty five largest art museums in United States.