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Looking for a museum of velvet paintings? Portland has it. Do 3D photo museums tickle your fancy? Come to Portland. Do you want to see a museum of space alien skeletons? Well, in that case, you'd better go to Mars. But if there is something on earth to be displayed, Portland likely has a museum for it. In addition to the surreal and unusual, Portland offers what you would expect from a large American city. Touting world-famous European art, T-Rex skeletons, and American Indian artifacts, Portland's art, science and history museums are top-notch. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), the Northwest's reigning science museum for over 60 years, for example, displays some truly cutting edge exhibits. Among them is an interactive exhibit where visitors design their own spaceship and plan a trip to Mars, an Omnimax dome theater that blows the "old fashioned" Imax away, and an authentic US submarine to tour. Bring a sense of wonder and a little time, and you'll be able to enjoy a schmorgasborg of original exhibits.

Portland | Museums

3D Center of Art and Photography
  • 3D Center of Art and Photography
  • As you enter the tiny, almost hole-in-the-wall museum, antiquated Mickey Mouse view masters and dusty Victorian stereocards might be the first thing you notice. The fact that these, and other thrift store-worthy items, are proudly displayed in glass cases might be the second.
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Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
  • Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
  • The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville is the manifestation of the ultimate dream of late Captain Michael King Smith (a true McMinnville hometown hero): to build a place devoted to...
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Institute for Contemporary Art
Kidd Toy Museum
  • Kidd Toy Museum
  • Through the winding rows of aging toys in the Kidd Toy Museum, childhood memories beckon your youthful self to come out and play. Frank Kidd's collection is housed on glass shelves that tease patrons with the thought of handling the archived relics.
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Museum of Contemporary Craft
  • Museum of Contemporary Craft
  • In this funky city, art is a staple of life and provides a direct link to economic stability. Portland's DIY community has been thriving since the 1970s and continues to grow as artists, craftspeople, architects, and designers make their aesthetic mark.
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Oregon Historical Society Museum
Oregon Maritime Center
  • Oregon Maritime Center
  • With such ideal and unadulterated access to ocean trade and commerce, it is no wonder that Portland's maritime history is so closely entwined with the very development of the city itself.
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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • For more than 60 years, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry has offered a hands-on approach to learning. OMSI features 219,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, a Northwest-revered planetarium, an impressive Omnimax Dome movie theatre, and yes, even a submarine.
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Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
  • Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
  • Located in Portland's Old Town neighborhood, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is a Japanese American museum that preserves and shares the history and culture of the Japanese American community.
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Oregon Sports Hall of Fame
  • Oregon Sports Hall of Fame
  • Note: This museum is temporarily closed. For sports fanatics and appreciators of history, the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame is a definitive must see.
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Portland Art Museum
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Founded in late 1892 by seven of Portland's leading business and cultural institution leaders, the Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum on the West Coast and the 7th oldest in the United States.
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Portland Children's Museum
  • Portland Children's Museum
  • Have you ever wondered what a play-place large enough for adults would look like? The 50,000 sq-ft. Portland's Children Museum promotes fun in a healthy environment for everyone in the family.
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Portland Hat Museum
  • Portland Hat Museum
  • The Portland Hat Museum is a bit out of the norm. Owner and curator Alyce Cornyn-Selby opened it to help pay for the building's renovation. Originally the home of Mrs.
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Portland Police Museum
  • Portland Police Museum
  • For the past 150 years, a select few of Portland's bravest have taken on the perilous life of a police officer, swearing to serve and protect by any means the city and citizens within it.
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World Forestry Center Museum


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