The Northwest Film Center welcomes all visitors to participate in our exhibition programs and experience our classes and workshops. The Museum offers a variety of services to ensure that every visitor has an equal opportunity to engage with the art on view.
The Whitsell Auditorium can be accessed through the Portland Art Museum’s Sculpture Court via the accessible ramp at the Hoffman Entrance, the admission desk will be in front of you to your left.
Throughout the Portland Art Museum, where the Whitsell Auditorium is located, Security Officers, Guest Services Associates, NWFC Staff and Volunteers are available to answer any questions you may have about your visit.
Aides receive free admission.
Service animals are welcome in the Museum and Northwest Film Center.
For Visitors with Limited Mobility
The Museum is located in downtown Portland at 1219 SW Park Avenue. For access to the Whitsell Auditorium, the Hoffman entrance, adjacent to the Sculpture Mall on the north side of the Museum, is fully accessible via a ramp. Wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis at the box office just inside this entrance. For access to the Museum’s event spaces, the Mark Building’s entrance is accessible via a ramp that begins in the adjacent Sculpture Court. Wheelchair-accessible seating is available in the Whitsell Auditorium and other event spaces.
In addition to metered street parking, City Center Parking manages the parking lot adjacent to the Museum at the corner of SW Park Avenue and Main Street. They can be reached at 503-221-1666, ext. 9 for further questions. This lot is located on a slight hill and is 0.1 miles away from the Hoffman lobby entrance. Persons with a Disabled Person Parking Placard may park at one or two hour meters for up to 3 hours and in 3 hour spaces for up to 11 hours. For more details and a map of nearby reserved parking spaces, visit the City of Portland’s website.
Public transportation to the museum is available through TriMet’s network of fully accessible bus and Max lines. The Museum entrance is located
- 300 feet from the Art Museum stop on the NS and A Loop Streetcar Lines
- 0.1 miles from the NS and B Loop Streetcar Lines stop at SW 11th and Jefferson
- Approximately 500 feet from the 10th and Jefferson bus stop which serves lines 6, 38, 45, 55, 58, 68, 92, and 96.
To find your best route and learn more about TriMet’s accessibility features, visit their website. TriMet also offers the LIFT service for eligible people with disabilities who are unable to use the existing bus and light rail services.
All museum galleries and event spaces are accessible via elevator or wheel chair lift. Please ask a Guest Services Associate to point out elevator locations on the Museum map when you arrive.
Restrooms are located in the Belluschi building on the LL, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors. All restrooms are wheelchair accessible. All restrooms in the Mark Buildings event spaces are wheelchair accessible.
The Whitsell Auditorium has 12 seating spaces and seats which are wheelchair accessible, as well as 8-12 seats which can accommodate companions of persons with disabilities. Please refer to our seating chart here to aid in planning your visit.
For Visitors who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
NWFC can provide FM assistive listening devices free of charge upon request. We also offer neck loops for visitors who wear hearing aides.
In addition, we can offer CaptiView Closed Captioning devices to visitors attending screenings where the film distributor has provided closed captioning with the print.
Please see the Assisted Listening Icon or Closed Captioning Icon listed under a film’s Showtime to confirm that Assisted Listening Devices or Closed Captioning is available at a given screening. For questions about the devices and accommodations available at a given screening, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Visitors who are Blind or Visually Impaired
The NW Film Center provides audio descriptions at screenings of films where audio description has been included by the film distributor. Please see the Audio Description Icon listed on a film’s page under the showtimes to confirm that Audio Description is available at a given screening. For questions about the devices and accommodations available at a given screening, please email email@example.com.