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Tucked smack in the middle of Portland's downtown area, this 19th-century church is a wonderful example of Venetian Gothic architecture. Speakers, concerts and of course, church services are all offered here, but the grounds and interior can be viewed weekdays. The stonework is something to see, especially the magnificent tower and checkerboard-patterned walls. First Congregational Church is located near the Pioneer Courthouse Square and the Portland Art Museum.
Located in the basement of the Leftbank Building, the Upright Brewing Company is a delightful beer-producing gem headed by beer maestro Alex Ganum. This ingenious micro-brewery is inspired by the rustic tradition of French and Belgian farmhouse-style beer making, to which Ganum provides its own Pacific Northwestern twist. An adjacent tasting room invites beer mavens and enthusiasts alike to participate in pairings and tastings, accompanied by live blues music. This brewery is also part of a celebrated beer tour around Portland.
This historic part of Portland was formerly its own city. When East Portland, Albina (to the north) and Portland became one in 1891, they formed the third largest city in the West, behind only San Francisco and Denver. On the east side, tall old buildings tower above now-abandoned street-car tracks. The area's founder, James Stephens, ran the first ferry service across the Willamette River. Back then, before Portland earned its nickname "City of Bridges", people didn't really appreciate the idea of a city being divided by a river.
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.
Walk through the grand plaza and step into Oregon's past. Located in Portland's cultural district, The Oregon Historical Society has bountiful collections of historical artifacts, photographs, moving pictures, maps and more. Many exhibits are interactive, and the atmosphere is friendly. The museum is very well-maintained and curated in a way to provide easy navigation, it appears as though you are living history as you navigate your way through the interior. The center's shop is full of Native American jewelry, baskets and pots. The book collection covers all of the Northwest's history for adults and children.
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.