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Portland Art Museum: Sensing Art - Tour for Blind and Low Vision Visitors

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Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Ave

Portland, OR 97205

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Portland Art Museum: Sensing Art - Tour for Blind and Low Vision Visitors 2nd Saturday and 4th Thursday 1:00pm-3:30pm

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Come explore artwork together through visual descriptions, group discussion, tactile exploration (when possible), and various special events.

Each session will include in depth exploration of at least one work of art. Other activities may include art making, artist talks and demonstrations, presentations by museum staff, or other special events.

There are two tours available each month:

2nd Saturday 1:00pm-3:30pm

4th Thursday 1:00pm-3:30pm

Please see schedule below for information about each tour date.

Please note: Some months will be scheduled on other days to accommodate for holiday closures.

Each tour will have approximately ten participant slots. Please reserve your free tickets here. If you have tickets and are unable to attend, please cancel your tickets.

Questions: If you have questions please send them to:

or call Becky Emmert, Head of Accessibility, at 503-276-4334

Tour Topics: These are the planned topics for the tours - they are subject to change, but will be updated as soon as possible if they do.

2/8 - Han Dynasty Gallery (Rescheduled for 2/22 due to safety considerations on public transportation on 2/8.) If you are interested in attending and don't have a ticke from 2/8 please email

2/27 – Han Dynasty Gallery - Main Floor

3/14 and 3/26 – Volcano! -Special Exhibition Gallery First Floor

4/11 and 4/23 – Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott - Special Exhibition Gallery Second Floor

5/9 and 5/28 – Rock of Ages - Isaka Shamsud – Din - Northwest Galleries Third Floor

6/13 and 6/25 – Ed Bereal - NorthWest Galleries - Apex Fourth Floor

7/11 and 7/23 – Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism - Special Exhibition Galleries

8/8 and 8/20 – Bury the Hatchet: Prayer for My P’AH-BE – John Hitchcock - Native American Gallery Third Floor

9/12 and 9/24 – Jubitz Center for Contemporary and Modern Art - Floor to be determined

10/10 and 10/22 – Diana Al-Hadid - Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art - Floor to be determined

11/14 and 12/3 – Ansel Adams in Our Time - Special Exhibition Gallery

12/12 – Sharita Towne - Northwest Galleries - Apex Fourth Floor

The Portland Art Museum is committed to providing meaningful access to as many people as possible.

Requesting Accommodations: We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for specific requests such as tours with verbal description or ASL interpretation. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

Always-Available Accommodations:

Aides and care-providers receive free admission.

Service animals are welcome.

Manual wheelchairs are available free of charge.

T-coil compatible FM listening devices and neck loops are available free of charge at lectures, films, and tours. If you would like to request an ALD for a tour, it is helpful if you can let us know ahead of time by emailing or calling 503-226-2811.

Reduced prices are available for visitors through our Admission Access Programs.

The museum’s library is open to the public by appointment.


Accessible Entrance

There is one wheelchair-accessible entrance into the museum located next to the outdoor sculpture garden between SW Park Avenue and SW 10th Avenue.


There are two metered accessible parking spaces on the museum side of SW Park Avenue, and two across the street from the museum on 10th Avenue. The paid parking lot next to the museum has four accessible parking spaces.


For Trimet Lift and rideshare passengers, there is a loading zone with a curb cutout in front of the museum at SW Park Avenue and Madison Street.

The museum is located near the following stops and lines:

The Art Museum stop on the NS and A loop streetcar lines.

The SW 11 and Jefferson stop on the NS and B loop streetcar lines.

The SW 10th and Jefferson bus stop serving lines 6, 38, 45, 55, 58, 68, 92, and 96.


We know the museum can be confusing to navigate. Please ask one of our staff members if you have any questions.


The museum consists of two main buildings with galleries and event spaces that are accessible by stairs and elevators.


All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall gender-neutral bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

If you have suggestions about this page or our accessibility services, please email

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Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Ave

Portland, OR 97205

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