Portland’s Must-Visit Galleries

Oregon shows its fair share of masterpieces. Here’s where to find them.

Chess fans should make their move to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem.
Chess fans should make their move to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem.

HALLIE FORD MUSEUM OF ART

It might surprise you, but Willamette University’s museum is the third largest in Oregon. Stop in for permanent exhibitions spotlighting artists of the Pacific Northwest, Asia, and the Americas. (From January 7 through April 26, catch a unique show about chess sets.) 700 State St., Salem, willamette.edu/arts/hfma/index.html

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene.
Masterpieces find a home at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene.

JORDAN SCHNITZER MUSEUM OF ART

In the early aughts, Jordan D. Schnitzer donated a large sum to help expand what was formerly known as the University of Oregon Museum of Art (hence the name change). Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and American artworks are staples, while masterpieces by Keith Haring, Marc Chagall, and others often find their way onto gallery walls. 1430 Johnson Ln., Eugene, jsma.uoregon.edu

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