Portland Art Museum


The Portland Art Museum is an asset any city would be proud to have. Thousands of visitors pass through these doors each year, but only a few get to attend a meeting or special event here. This museum might be Portland’s best venue for those looking to host a special occasion in the Northwest.

Founded in 1892, the Portland Art Museum is one of the oldest such institutions in the U.S. In 2005, the renovated Masonic Temple, also known as the Mark Building, was added. The extensive renovations brought the Mark Building up to modern event space standards, and the original frieze panels depicting Masonic history add to thebuilding’s charm.

Inside the Mark Building are four venues. The Kridel Grand Ballroom is the largest event space at 9,000 square feet and includes a full-size stage and foyer. Stately murals adorn the walls and to the elegance of the room. Invite up to 520 seated guests at 60-inch banquet rounds, and that still leaves room for a 20’x24’ dance floor if needed. The full-size stage supports live performances, presentations or panel discussions. The audiovisual system offers an impressive variety of functions. If your meeting needs a theater-style space, the Kridel Ballroom seats up to 900, or it can accommodate 400 in a classroom-style setup.

The Fred and Suzanne Fields “Sunken” Ballroom is where the historic frieze panels stand watch over events. Soaring Roman columns, statuary and a sense of importance make for an elegant event space. With 4,500 square feet of elbowroom, invite up to 220 guests seated at round tables or up to 450 in a theater-style arrangement.

The Marion Miller Gallery is decorated with artwork from the museum’s rental sales gallery making guests feel like they are in an art museum. Up to 100 guests fit nicely at banquet rounds, 150 seated theater-style or nearly 200 standing.

For a more intimate space, the Sondland/Durant Trustee Room provides a venue with a view of Portland’s Park Blocks. The Trustee Room takes advantage of natural light, perfect for daytime events for up to 70 guests seated theater style, 40 in a classroom style or up to 80 standing, and it is available every day of the week.

The Belluschi Building holds the Whitsell Auditorium and is home to the Northwest Film Center (NWFC). The auditorium’s 376 fixed seats are the only choice, there’s no option for standing room in the Whitsell. Rentals of this auditorium are subject to approval of the NWFC and food and beverage are strictly prohibited.

The Andree R. Stevens Room is a small boardroom adjacent to the Whitsell Auditorium. Options here include 50 guests theater-style, 40 classroom-style or 70 standing. Last but not least is the E. H. Roberts Memorial Sculpture Mall, an outdoor venue. Popular for receptions and events the Sculpture Mall is only available after the museum closes to the public.

Add to all the Museum’s benefits the excellent hotel choices within two blocks distance, and you have an excellent package.