Museums of Portland (Self Guided), Portland

Portland offers visitors a considerable array of museums to visit and enjoy. Safeguarding important artifacts, telling the stories of the area's past and current inhabitants, and highlighting aspects of life in Portland, the museums on this next walking tour are certain to entertain and educate you.
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Museums of Portland Map

Guide Name: Museums of Portland
Guide Location: USA » Portland (See other walking tours in Portland)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.8 Km or 5.5 Miles
Author: Xena
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • 3D Center of Art & Photography
  • Oregon Jewish Museum
  • Oregon Maritime Museum
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Oregon Historical Society Museum
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • Kidd's Toy Museum
  • The Hat Museum
3D Center of Art & Photography

1) 3D Center of Art & Photography

The 3D Center of Art and Photography is an American nonprofit educational institution that opened in 2003. It is the first museum in the United States dedicated to stereoscopy. From 2003 to 2011, the Center was located in a small leased storefront on NW Lovejoy Street that presented exhibits open to the public. The Center closed its doors to the public on December 31, 2011, due to poor economic conditions and increased rent on its leased premises. The Center is currently engaged in an ongoing fundraising campaign to move to a location that will accommodate large groups of visitors.

The 3D Center collects historic and contemporary stereoscopic imagery and equipment. Its public exhibition space presented daily 3D slide shows, interactive displays, varying featured artists, display cabinets of antique 3D equipment and paraphernalia, and a gift shop full of 3D items. A 3-D viewing screen in the museum's collection was featured in the fifth season of the PBS television program History Detectives. The Center is "committed to presenting the best new work by contemporary artists working in 3D imagery, both nationally and internationally." It offered classes and workshops in stereoscopic techniques.

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Oregon Jewish Museum

2) Oregon Jewish Museum

The Museum of Contemporary Craft is the oldest continuously-running craft institution in the United States. Located in downtown Portland’s Pearl District, the museum is dedicated to promoting craft and strives to contribute to the advancement of craft by exhibiting and documenting work from Pacific Northwest and international artists.

Museum of Contemporary Craft has occupied two locations. Its first location, 3934 SW Corbett Avenue, was home to the museum for 70 years. The art deco style building was designed by architect Ellis Lawrence, first dean of the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts. The building underwent several renovations, most notably in 1998 when the Marlene Gable Gallery was built, designed by Northwest Regional Style architect William Fletcher. The Marlene Gable Gallery served as the permanent collection space.

In 2005 the museum board decided to move the museum’s location. In July 2007 the museum relocated to its current location, 724 NW Davis Street, in the Historic DeSoto Building on Portland’s North Park Blocks. The new location has increased foot traffic and visibility for the museum.

The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft is a retail space for craft and design in the Pacific Northwest. The Gallery represents artists working in ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, metal, fiber and mixed media.

Operation hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 11 am - 6 pm; Open from 11 am to 2 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

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Oregon Maritime Museum

3) Oregon Maritime Museum (must see)

If you want to know more about the rich river history of Oregon, the Oregon Maritime Museum is where you should visit. Portland was initially founded as a river port, and this museum demonstrates the vital importance of the past, present and future maritime heritage of Oregon.
Portland Art Museum

4) Portland Art Museum (must see)

The Portland Art Museum was founded in 1892, making it the oldest art museum on the West Coast and seventh oldest in the United States. Upon completion of the most recent renovations, the Portland Art Museum became one of the twenty-five largest art museums in the United States, at a total of 240,000 square feet (22,000 m²). The permanent collection has more than 42,000 works of art, and at least one major traveling exhibition is presented most of the time.

The Portland Art Museum features a center for Native American art, a center for Northwest art, a center for modern and contemporary art, permanent exhibitions of Asian art, and an outdoor public sculpture garden. The Northwest Film Center is also a component of Portland Art Museum. The museum was founded in late 1892 when seven leaders from Portland's business and cultural institutions signed the letters of incorporation creating the Portland Art Association. The goal of the Association was to create a first-class art museum that would be accessible to all citizens.

The museum purchased its first collection of some one hundred plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculptures with its first gift from prominent local citizen Henry Corbett, who donated $10,000 for the acquisition. The museum's final location opened to the public on November 18, 1932, at the corner of SW Park Avenue and Jefferson Street. The building, designed by noted Portland architect Pietro Belluschi, is situated along downtown Portland's South Park Blocks and remains a landmark in the city's Cultural District.

Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday & Friday: 10 am - 8 pm; Sunday: 12 am - 8 pm.

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Oregon Historical Society Museum

5) Oregon Historical Society Museum (must see)

The Oregon Historical Society Museum is a history museum housed at the Oregon History Center in downtown Portland. The museum was created in 1898 and house about 44,000 visitors annually. It houses the Portland Penny that decided the city’s name. This 1835 copper penny was flipped to decide between the names of Boston and Portland, with Portland as the winner.

The museum contains over 85,000 artifacts relating to the history of the region, and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Artifacts include Captain Robert Gray's storage chest from aboard the Columbia Rediviva, a 10,000 year old sandal, memorabilia from the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, Native American artifacts, a miniature vehicle collection, and many everyday items from jars to dresses.

Permanent exhibits at the museum include: Oregon My Oregon; Battleship Oregon: Bulldog of the Navy; and Oregon Art. The Oregon History Center also contains the society’s research library and historic photograph collection. Additionally, the museum store sells items such as books and history memorabilia. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm.

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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

6) Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (must see)

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry contains two auditoriums, including an IMAX Dome theatre, planetarium, and a variety of hands-on permanent exhibits focused on natural sciences, industry, and technology. Beginning in 1903, odd artifacts were displayed in hallways and alcoves in Portland City Hall arranged by Colonel L. L. Hawkins. When the collection was evicted in 1936, about 12,000 artifacts were stored throughout the city.

On November 5, 1944, the Oregon Museum Foundation was founded with the mission of establishing an Oregon Museum of History, Science, and Industry. It displayed its first collection of natural history objects at the Portland Hotel. Subsequent small exhibits occurred around town to generate interest and donations. In 1949, a house at 908 NE Hassalo was donated to establish the museum. Within a year, the Pacific Northwest's first public planetarium opened in a dome on the front lawn. By the mid-1980s, 600,000 people per year were visiting the building, which was designed for only 100,000.

Expansion at the Washington Park site was deemed infeasible, and in 1986 it was announced that the museum would move to a new location on the east bank of the Willamette River, where a much larger building would be constructed. Property that included the historic Station L power plant was donated by Portland General Electric, and building construction was paid for by a fundraising campaign. In 1992, OMSI opened at the new site, which continues to be the current location.

Operation hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm.

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Kidd's Toy Museum

7) Kidd's Toy Museum

Kidd's Toy Museum is located in a gray, rather boring building on Southeast Grand Avenue and the only thing that announces it is a small white sign on the door. But the world you find behind the door is completely different. Gumball machines, piggy banks, Disney paraphernalia and toy trucks will take you back to the light-hearted time of your childhood.
The Hat Museum

8) The Hat Museum

The Hat Museum in Portland is America's largest hat museum. It owns the carefully chosen collection from the most characteristic styles of past eras, giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy a wide-angle perspective of an accessory that has always been important in people's lives.

Walking Tours in Portland, Oregon

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Create Your Own Walk in Portland

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
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Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
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Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Galleries Walk in Portland, Part 2

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles