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Portland Craft Museum

Portland Craft Museum Guide.   The Portland Craft Museum, also known as the Museum of Contemporary Craft, is a popular museum with a focus on craft as an art form.  In partnership with the Pacific Northwest College of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Craft’s permanent collection encompasses more than 1,000 objects that reflect a strong regional focus.  The museum highlights many of the area’s most important artists who are working in various craft media, such as glass, ceramic, fiber, and wood.  It was originally founded in 1937 by a group of women dedicated to the cultivation of craft arts.  In it's original incarnation, it was the Oregon Ceramic Studio, where it provided a market for artists and contributed to increased awareness and appreciation of Oregon art.

More Information from their Website:
"The Museum of Contemporary Craft is a vibrant center for investigation and dialogue, expanding the definition of craft and the ways audiences experience it. At the Museum, craft is engaged as a verb as well as a noun, pondering what it means to “craft” something. Questions are posed, conversations ignited by dynamic exhibitions, thoughtful publications, provocative programs and special events.

The Exhibition Galleries present curated exhibitions and installations that examine the current, future and past of craft through today’s lens. Choreographed and arranged amongst 4500 sq. feet of exhibition space on two levels, the emphasis is on physical interaction with objects, exploration of ideas, ways of making and the shifting place of craft in contemporary society. An ongoing selection of objects from the Museum’s seminal and growing Collection is always on view, a public legacy that documents the active role of both the Museum and the Pacific Northwest in the evolution of craft." (

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Visiting the Portland Museum of Contemporary Craft

Tuesday through Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM
First Thursday of every month 11 AM to 8 PM
Closed Sunday and Monday

Open 11 AM to 2 PM Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve
Closed Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

Admissions Prices
Effective November 19, 2009
General: $3
Students (13+): $2
Seniors (62+): $2

Free to:
Children 12 and under
Pacific Northwest College of Art faculty, staff and students
Museum of Contemporary Craft members
Free for all the first Thursday of every month

Advance reservations are required for groups of 15 or more persons. Special admission rates apply. Please go to the group visits page for more information.


Calendar of Events

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Current Exhibitions at the Portland Craft Museum

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Programs, Tours, and Lectures

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Membership at the Museum of Contemporary Craft

"The Museum of Contemporary Craft offers new and expanded benefits to members. Museum members enjoy unlimited free admission to engaging exhibitions, access to thought-provoking public programs offered by the Museum and Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), special savings in The Gallery, and invitations to exclusive events. You’ll participate in fascinating conversations, view the Northwest’s premier collection of contemporary craft, attend members-only preview receptions, and meet artists and educators."

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Map of Portland Craft Museum

Museum of Contemporary Craft
724 Northwest Davis Street
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 223-2654

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