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Arts & Museums
This Portland gallery showcases art ranging from photography and paintings to fine art and others. The courteous staff help you in buying the art you want. And with a fair price range, there's something for everyone. Find artists like Noel Barnett, Brian Hunter and Jan Verdieck displaying wares at Talisman. Budding artists can contact the gallery for membership details. Check website for varying open hours.
This 1910 historic firehouse is now the home of a city gallery. Focusing on artists with ethnic backgrounds, the gallery houses touring exhibits that travel across the nation. The Mainstage Theater is partners with the Oregon Stage Company and produces thought provoking entertainment based on cultural issues. The center also hosts a Neighborhood Youth Theater Project during the summer months as well as other classes and workshops. When the center is closed, enjoy the adjacent Patton Square.
The Jacob Zimmerman House is a heritage farm that is now open to visitors as a museum. The Fairview-Rockwood-Wilkes Historical Society conserves and maintains this vintage property. For more details, check website.
Showcasing the talents of artists worldwide, Brian Marki Fine Art is a well known art gallery in the city. It offers space to budding artists and is a favorite location of collectors. The exhibits or paintings range from local to international. Brian Marki, the owner, specializes in print-making and painting. He has also earned the trust of patrons for his fine framing skills. People come here to get their work framed. The art work is preserved in such a way so as to bring out the best in it. If ever one is looking for good quality art, Brian Marki Fine Art should be the first choice.
One of Portland's historic libraries, St. Johns Branch Library was built in 1913 with funds from the estate of Andrew Carnegie. The library resembles a colonial estate with an old brick facade and large pillars at the front door. Renovated in 2000, the building now has updated technology and is home to the Peninsula Area Resource collection, which includes documents detailing the history of the St. Johns neighborhood. Located in the St. Johns neighborhood of North Portland, it is worth a stop.
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.
Is there a certain art to the way you clean a room? Can a machine have historical significance? You could survey the janitors and housekeepers of the world, or you could just stop at this museum and see for yourself. Attached to the vacuum cleaner showroom of the same name, this establishment, which has kitsch written all over it, is filled with vacuums dating all the way back to the turn of the century. Check out the Hoovers, Kirbys, Royals, Eurekas and more. Admission is free.
That The Faux Museum was the first museum in the world is what they would like you to believe: do not fall for it! That little fib is just the beginning of an extremely entertaining day filled with little fabrications that are sure to make even the most straight-faced among us crack a smile. The curator's story about the migration of his ancestors across the Beringia land bridge is a rather humorous tale, and the claim that the museum houses the world's last woolly ant ups the humor quotient even more.
Portland once had a trolley system nearly as extensive as San Francisco's. A Willamette shoreline and a handful of cars that roll through downtown are all that are left of the late 19th Century line. They are restored now and provide a unique tour of the city. The two-line ride is free in downtown and hits the MAX stops every half-hour. Take the time to ride one instead of walking for a while. It is a nostalgic trip.
Get a glimpse of the oriental culture right in the heart of Portland at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Established in 2004, this center works towards conserving and promoting the glorious history of Japanese immigrants in the city. The museum has a vast space dedicated entirely to 'Issei immigration' (first generation). Named after the Japanese term meaning 'descendants', this museum traces the origins and cultural changes that the community has seen through the years. Thriving on donations and the meager admission fee, this museum has maintained its exhibits with great care.
Another testament to Portland's cultural diversity, this museum has quite a collection of interesting historical material relating to Oregon Jews. Exhibits focus on Judaism in the state and around the world, featuring groups like "The Chinese Jews." Once a part of the Oregon History Center, this attraction gradually grew into a two-room museum. Still, because the museum is so small, only one exhibit is shown at a time. Admission is free.
Bring your kids to Staver Locomotive and let them explore the trains and engines used in the past. This fun exhibit comprises vintage steam engines, miniature models and photographic presentation of the travel routes, all of which are displayed inside a restored warehouse on 29th Avenue. The rail yard is where community events take place regularly. Tours are also conducted every day at this museum. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.