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Arts & Museums
Milwaukie Museum—this farmhouse and its contents are as they were more than 100 years ago. Half of the house has been rebuilt, while the other half remains in its original form, so it is an interesting look at restoration. Inside you will find lots of old stuff, including washing machines, farm tools and other household items common to history's citizens of Milwaukee, located about 10 miles southeast of Portland. Museum admission is free.
Marylhurst University offers excellent academic courses, and students can even receive degrees online. But books are just the beginning. Check out the school's gifted symphony orchestra. The school is also renowned for its art programs, and the gallery boasts the works of Richard Kraft, Christine Murakishi, Janie Lowe, Joseph Biel and many others. It has provided the finest in contemporary art for more than two decades. You can learn more about the university's forums, exhibits and other events by visiting the web site.
Dr. John McLoughlin is affectionately known as the "Father of Oregon." His house remains almost as it was when the good doctor built it in 1845. Some of the original furniture and furnishings are still there, so it is a real treat for history buffs. Do not miss the bed that was owned by the family of Meriwether Lewis (Lewis and Clark). The guided tour is educational and amazing. Admission is free. The house remains closed between mid-December and March, please visit the website for more details.
Built in 1907, this museum was once the home of prominent citizens of Oregon, Mary Elizabeth Crawford and Harley Stevens. It still contains the original antique furnishings of both the owners and other long passed prominent citizens of this area. The classic foursquare architectural style was popular in the 1910s and '20s so tours through the museum are like taking a trip back in time to the turn of the century.
See Oregon's first covered wagon. It is here along with an old pharmacy and another first Oregon's first operating able. Seeing that will make you glad you do not need 19th Century medical care. The collections here are more significant than numerous, but the display guides are informative and well done. Admission are free.
This museum is part of a much larger area of entertainment, but you may choose to visit for the chance to view the collected artifacts from the park. Located at the old entrance of Oaks Park, the museum exhibits everything from the years-old carousel to displays on Oaks Park history and much more. Admission is completely free, making this a wonderful spot to visit with the family after a picnic. Hours vary, so calling ahead is advised.
This gallery started in 1983 as a place to showcase the work of newer artists and craftspeople. Now many of those early artists are the art scene veterans and there is a whole generation of new blood here as well. There are two floors of art browsing, with changing shows in several different rooms and more gifty items, too. The prices are relatively low as far as quality original art goes. The owner says he looks for variety and humor in the work he chooses and features mostly Northwestern artists.
Express yourself freely! Located smack dab in the middle of the historic Multnomah area, this center allows people of every age a chance to express themselves creatively with inexpensive classes or simply by browsing through the galleries. Multnomah Art Center is located in an old, renovated grade school, which lends itself well to the frequently held workshops. You can experience everything from painting and sculpting to dancing and photography. A fun time is in store for all.
The Hat Museum is a gold mine for those who love this accessory donned on the head. Alyce Cornyn Selby founded this museum to spread her passion amongst like-minded visitors. This museum takes you through the history of this headgear, right from its origins to the changes it has undergone, including the cultural implications. The vast range displayed here, top hats, berets, stetson, boater, fedora, zucchetto and many more, will marvel you. Alyce offers all her visitors with interesting facts on the displays housed here.
This street-level window exhibit of antique fire equipment is a memorial to a beloved firefighter. Along with Sparky, his dalmatian, Jeff Morris taught fire prevention and safety to children. The fireman died of cancer in 1974, but his spirit and memory live on in this museum. It is an interesting display of hand pumpers, ladder trucks and a horse-drawn steam pumper. Also on display is a circa-1873 bell that weighs 4,000 pounds and could be heard all the way from downtown Portland to Oregon City. There is no charge to view the exhibit.
Deeply embedded in Portland's rich history, Oregon Rail Heritage Center (ORHC) attempts to hold the essence of the early transportation facilities. Large steam rails, vintage passenger cars and other such paraphernalia make up the display. The functional rails are used for various tours and are perfect to experience some old world glory. Aptly named the heritage center, you can visit to soak in some of the local culture for free.
This museum offers halls dedicated to earth science, life science, computers, chemistry, traveling exhibits and hands-on exhibits, a planetarium, the Omnimax Theater, a submarine to tour, a motion simulator ride and a cafe. Enjoy the palatial digs on the Willamette River. The museum, through its various games and interactive displays, offers an opportunity to exercise the grey cells and leave with more knowledge and information. Buy a full museum package, which includes admission to the exhibits, the Omnimax and a sub tour at a reasonable price.