This paper reports an experimental investigation of pressure-driven flow through models of porous media. Each model porous medium is a square array of circular acrylic rods oriented across the flow in a rectangular channel. The solid volume fraction φ of the arrays ranged from 0.01 to 0.49. Three boundary conditions were studied. In the first boundary condition, the model porous medium was installed on the lower wall of the channel only and was bounded by a free zone. In the second and third boundary conditions, porous media of equal and unequal φ were arranged on the lower and upper channel walls so that the two media touched (second boundary condition), and did not touch (third boundary condition). Using water as the working fluid, the Reynolds number was kept low so that inertia was not a factor. Particle image velocimetry was used to obtain detailed velocity measurements in the streamwise-transverse plane of the test section. The velocity data were used to study the effects of φ and the different boundary conditions on the flow through and over the porous medium, and at the interface. For the first boundary condition, it was observed that at φ = 0.22, flow inside the porous medium was essentially zero, and the slip velocity at the porous medium and free zone interface decayed with permeability. In the second and third boundary conditions, flow communication between the porous media was observed to be dependent on the combinations of φ used, and the trends of the slip velocities at the interface between the two porous media obtained for that boundary condition were indicative of complicated interfacial flow.