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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.
If you're a beer lover and happen to be in Portland, for business or play, make it a point to visit Cascade Brewing Barrel House in the Buckman area. The USP at Cascade is a wonderful range of cask and barrel conditioned sour brews that are made using a huge variety of fruits, oaks and spices. They serve over 18 ever-changing beers and ales - all of course, with varied degrees of tartness that only adds to the flavor and character of these brews. There's an eclectic food menu to complement these awesome brews as well. When you do drop in, try the Saison de Garde, Sun-kissed Indian Pale Ale and Strawberry Stout, they're truly quite inspired!
You can watch a recent movie, listen to live music, enjoy your favorite sports event on television and down a microbrew, all in public at the McMenamins Mission Theater. Built in 1912, this 300-seat theater started life as an Evangelical Mission but now assumes the identity of a relaxed and retro place. Meet your friends or have your next business meeting, this spot is simply ideal for all. Savor your favorite McMenamins seasonal ale, request a glass of wine, and nibble on scrumptious bar eats such as burgers, sandwiches and salads and more. Movie admission tickets are immensely affordable and the perfect cost-effective option for a budget date. Children are only allowed during select matinees and a parent has to accompany them.
A sprawling music venue, Revolution Hall is housed inside the former George Washington High School in the neighborhood of Southeast Portland. This performing arts center was originally built as the school's auditorium, before the school facility went defunct and the hall was renovated to suit its current needs. Revolution Hall is a 830-seat venue and also houses a full service bar that offers food and drinks.
Built in 1911, formerly Lincoln High School, this 475 seat venue, is home to the Portland State University's music and theater departments and the Portland State Opera Theater. The venue is complete with an auditorium, a studio theater and a practice room. The architecture reflects the classical style with high regal columns and balconies. In 1975, the auditorium and stage were renovated and ever since it has become a central location for the university's performing arts. Piano recitals, opera and theater performances are regular events at this venue.