Museums in Portland

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  • tleeEvans
    Houston, TX888 contributions
    When here, for a brief visit as our son and his family, do you belong, we took our granddaughter there up to let her play and visit some of the exhibits. They have a wonderful little playground for young children with a lot of hands-on water, activity, and building and climbing which she spent most of the time at we did, then venture over into the section next to the playground, and had some wonderful exhibits there that were very interesting. I would have loved to been able to spend more time to thoroughly go over everything, but it is a wonderful museum. Great for families with children.
    Written January 20, 2023
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  • Bill R
    Simi Valley, CA117 contributions
    Thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the museum. Chock full of world class pieces of art. From Renoir, Monet, Gauguin, Picasso, to Van Gogh (on loan) it was time well spent. Sculptures, free-form displays, as well as Native American and other artifacts from around the world. The BLM exhibit was especially enlightening and moving.
    Written August 25, 2022
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  • julijoyeux
    Bordeaux, France149 contributions
    We came across this museum by chance...and then spent over 3 hours reading about Oregon history and enjoying the well thought out exhbits, rooms, and memorabilia. Well done!
    Written October 7, 2022
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  • David J
    17 contributions
    A very low keyed informative museum on Jewish history primarily in Portland. My wife is Jewish so we have been to other museums on Jewish history. The others we visited centered around the Holocaust. This one had a lot of local history which was nice. Well worth the admission charge and time.
    Written August 11, 2022
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  • Ldbrad64
    5 contributions
    The museum had a whole array of displays from fossilized wood, to wood products, to tree sustainability. My daughter and I enjoyed the museum, especially the temporary exhibit, but noticed that several of the interactive displays did not work for a sort of pricey entrance fee.
    Written May 29, 2019
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  • Ray L
    Greensboro, NC41 contributions
    I used to visit this little gem fairly often when I lived in Portland. It's cool because it's small enough to cover in one visit, and it's pictures, stories, and artifacts are easy to understand and comprehend. Displays are not buried in miles of text most visitors would likely end up skipping. Also the curator is often there and is friendly and informative. A great place to hang out for an hour or so. Oh and lot's of restaurants within walking distance, too.
    Written June 12, 2019
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  • Reisiger1223
    Leonberg, Germany486 contributions
    If you are interested in maritime history you should visit the tug Portland, which houses a museum dedicated to Portland’s maritime past. This vessel operated from 1947-1981 and is the last stern-wheel tugboat left in the United States. You can visit the bridge and the engine room, which makes you really appreciate the men who operated this vessel, as operating a steam plant and navigating a river tied up to another vessel are no easy feats. The museum vessel is currently manned and operated by volunteers who are happy to share their knowledge of and enthusiasm for this vessel.
    Written March 6, 2020
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  • ColoAvsPuckhead
    Westlake, OH219 contributions
    Located in Chinatown, which initially was Japantown, in downtown Portland in a building that used to be a barber shop and bathhouse. Parking might be a slight issue depending on day and time of visit - we went on a Sunday and there is a parking lot across the street. We were warmly greeted at the front desk - admission is only $3 for seniors and students, $5 for all others. We were given a brief introduction to the center by the greeter, which helped orient us as first time visitors. The displays show the history of the building, as well as the history of Japanese coming to the area working in agriculture and for the railroad. It then proceeds to have displays regarding the concentration camps for Japanese-Americans during the war. It has models, documents, and personal stories that give a human touch to what can be an abstract tragedy of how people can treat “others” who are different. The special exhibit when we visited was to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Portland Taiko - it was also very well done. If you have about an hour (if you like to peruse and think your way through the display), would recommend you visit. There is also a small gift shop with some relevant books and other ethnic items.
    Written August 18, 2019
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  • deborahtragasz
    Jefferson City, MO424 contributions
    I came as a movie junkie intent on seeing all the costumes and props from iconic films. I'm a lifelong Wizard of Oz fan so seeing Professor Marvel's pants was a very big deal for me. Other highlights included Anne Miller's tap shoes, Julie Andrew's dress from The Sound of Music, a knife from Psycho, a suite from Sunset Boulevard, and a chair from Titanic.

    I was also impressed by their selection of films. And alcohol
    Written October 1, 2022
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  • surfonmt
    Montana191 contributions
    Went to see Robert Frank's "street photos." Limited showing: They will be shredded soon. Also saw some of his cinematography. Excellent unusual works. Don't miss this. Free; donation suggested.
    Written January 22, 2018
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  • Alan Z
    Tampa, FL1,452 contributions
    My wife LOVES Hats, so when I mentioned to her that in Portland where we planned to visit from Florida, there was an International Hat Museum, she absolutely said YES!!! Not knowing anything about hat history myself (I only wear baseball caps), I called the museum director Lu Ann and made reservations for the tour. We arrived at the tour time during a Friday late morning and as it was, we had a private tour with the museum director. She is knowledgeable, all encompassing, obsessed, and passionate with hats. We spent 1 1/2 hours on a hat tour that even I became intrigued with since some of the hats related to men and their history with hats. There is a massive amount of hats and history in this two story old home that is now the museum. It was a fascinating tour through a few hundred of years of hats.
    Written September 25, 2019
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  • Travis F
    Tallahassee, FL2 contributions
    A small space packed to the gills with all things puppet.
    Very sweet and friendly curators will give you space or spend as
    much time with you as you like discussing the exhibits.
    Passionate, genuine and kind people sharing their vast knowledge.
    Written October 11, 2019
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  • rrodrigues16
    New York City, NY28 contributions
    I'm a lover of antiques with a particular affinity for old toys so you can imagine the delight at finding the Kidd Toy Museum. It did not disappoint...what a collection! We spent about 1.5 hours there (Although I typically take my time in museums so it might be a shorter visit for someone else.) There certainly is plenty to look at from old toys, banks, keys and antique locks.

    If you're a fan of antiques or toys or even just unique museums, I would recommend a visit here. It was one of the cooler things we did in an already cool city.
    Written June 26, 2017
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  • Janet208
    Chicago, IL59 contributions
    I really enjoyed the Temples of Commerce tour. There was a good selection of downtown Portland buildings on this tour. The docent presented both architectural info and background stories about the businesses and people associated with the buildings. I plan to take more Architectural Heritage Center tours next time I'm in Portland.
    Written November 2, 2021
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  • Izabella R
    1 contribution
    Great place to check out art of all kinds. Lots of unique and beautiful 2D and 3D art here, things you usually can’t find in other galleries. Has an authentic local feel and lots of inspiration, as well as a cute book lending library and classroom. Stopping in is a definite must!
    Written November 20, 2018
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