Henry Pittock, founder of Portland's Oregonian newspaper, built this spectacular mansion in 1914 and lived there until his death in 1919. This stately mansion was created in the style of a French Renaissance chateau and boasts three floors plus an incredible view of the city. The mansion is now a museum and showcases local history through artifacts and exhibits. Guests can tour the mansion and even book space for private functions.
Created in 1892 primarily to promote visual arts, the museum is set up with several large and open viewing rooms. Do not miss the Native American collection, and the artists' works featured in the European collection will also surprise you. Also check out the North Wing's Jubitz Center, which houses modern and contemporary art. In the spring, the museum's Northwest Film Center hosts the annual Jewish Film Festival.
World Forestry Center is just a few steps away from the Oregon Zoo and is a fabulous place for families and groups to spend a day. Get to know the importance of forests in the world through their various displays and the various types of forests and trees that inhabit the planet. Check out the tree farms for a hands-on forest experience. Or explore the discovery museum to know forests, art and culture of the world. Interactive and fun, it will not only enthrall kids but adults too.
The Architectural Heritage Center of Portland is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the architectural heritage of the city. The center itself has one of the most extensive collections of architectural elements and artifacts to be found in the entire United States. Take a tour of the museum and marvel in their eclectic exhibitions of artifacts from different ages, times and places. Browse through their extensive research library for articles you need in your thesis or sign up for one of the walking tours of the city's heritage buildings which are regularly organized by the center.
The Wells Fargo Museum in Portland provides an engaging glimpse into the history of the financial services company, Wells Fargo. The exhibits in the museum specifically address the ways in which the company established itself in the region and portray its fascinating early days. Located close to other popular attractions in the city, the Wells Fargo Museum provides interactive activities, temporary exhibitions and guided tours as well. Admission is free to the museum, and they regularly organize cultural and educational events.
An odd but fun museum, this place falls into the Escape from Alcatraz category. If you are into cops and robbers, there is a lot to see. Among the most interesting items are the police bike with sidecar, unusual confiscated weapons, historical uniforms and badges. To get a look at old Portland's criminal element, check out the Rogues Gallery. You will be glad the boys in blue are around after you see these characters. Visitors are allowed to click photographs, also interaction with certain exhibits is permitted.
Get a glimpse of the oriental culture right in the heart of Portland at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Established in 2004, this center works towards conserving and promoting the glorious history of Japanese immigrants in the city. The museum has a vast space dedicated entirely to 'Issei immigration' (first generation). Named after the Japanese term meaning 'descendants', this museum traces the origins and cultural changes that the community has seen through the years. Thriving on donations and the meager admission fee, this museum has maintained its exhibits with great care.
Portland is a sternwheel steam tug, built for the Port of Portland in 1947. The tug is now docked at the Williamette River near downtown Portland and also houses the Oregon Maritime Museum. This historic tug uses paddlewheels to provide propulsion, one of the last few boats built with such a system. Tours of the tug and the museum within are available and the tug also has a library, a gift shop and a children's corner.
Is there a certain art to the way you clean a room? Can a machine have historical significance? You could survey the janitors and housekeepers of the world, or you could just stop at this museum and see for yourself. Attached to the vacuum cleaner showroom of the same name, this establishment, which has kitsch written all over it, is filled with vacuums dating all the way back to the turn of the century. Check out the Hoovers, Kirbys, Royals, Eurekas and more. Admission is free.
This gallery is located in the Pearl District, sitting among other galleries along 12th Avenue. With featured artists' work up front, you will not want to miss these unique pieces from your first glance in the door. Toward the back are smaller pieces, paintings, glassware and statues created by many of the gallery artists. The incredibly helpful staff members are willing to let you linger over pieces in silence or if you prefer, they will explain the techniques used by the creator of each piece.