2008 Portland Area Attractions
Portland Art Museum
Find out why the oldest museum in the Northwest, the Portland Art Museum, is internationally renowned for exciting art experiences. Located in the heart of downtown's cultural district, the Museum's campus includes an outdoor sculpture court and historical interiors. Tour the world and travel through history in magnificent permanent collection galleries, six stories of modern art and special exhibitions. Lectures, tours, art making and activities for the whole family.
Address: 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
(503) 226-2811 http://www.portlandartmuseum.org/
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10am - 5pm, Thursday and Friday 10am - 8pm
Admission: $10 per person, $9 Seniors, $9 Students
Museum of Contemporary Craft
70 Years In The Making
This is an exciting and historic time for one of Portland's oldest cultural institutions. On July 22, 2007 the Museum began a new era, celebrating its grand re-opening at an expanded downtown location on Portland's North Park Blocks. The Museum is a vibrant center for investigation and dialogue, expanding the definition of craft and the ways audiences experience it. At the Museum, craft is engaged as a verb as well as a noun. Questions are posed, conversations ignited by exhibitions, thoughtful publications, provocative programs and special events.
Address: 724 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 223-2654 http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am - 6pm, Thursday, 11am - 8pm
International Rose Test Garden
Visit one of the largest and oldest rose test gardens in the country. The International Rose Test Garden, just minutes from downtown Portland, has 7,000 rose bushes, spectacular views of the city and an onsite Rose Garden Gift Shop. Local tip: During summer, visit in the early evening when it’s cooler and less crowded. Additionally, Peninsula Park Rose Garden has 6,500 rose plantings and is located in North Portland; and Ladd’s Addition Garden which features 3,000 roses, sits in the historic Southeast Portland neighborhood of the same name.
Address: Washington Park
400 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
(503) 823-3636, Gift Shop (503) 227-7033
Hours: 7:30am – 9pm
Portland Classical Chinese Garden
An authentically built Ming Dynasty style garden, with covered walkways, bridges, open colonnades, pavilions and a richly planted landscape frame Zither Lake, creating views that are never twice the same. This urban oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony, built by Suzhou artisans will inspire and engage all who visit. Overlooking the lake, the Tao of Tea teahouse features more than 35 teas and Chinese snacks.
Address: NW Third Avenue at Everett Street Portland, OR 97209
(503) 228-8131 http://www.portlandchinesegarden.org/
Hours: 9am – 6pm
Admission: $7.00 per person, $6.00 Seniors, $5.00 Students
Portland Japanese Garden
Nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland, the Japanese Garden is a haven of tranquil beauty, which has been proclaimed one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. Encompassing five and one-half acres and offering five separate garden styles, the Garden includes and authentic Japanese Tea House, meandering streams, intimate walkways and an unsurpassed view of Mt. Hood. Offering events, workshops, and cultural holiday celebrations. Four Seasons – Five Senses – One Extraordinary Experience. A free shuttle bus (from the parking lot to the admission gate) operates daily during the Summer season (April – September.)
Address: Washington Park, Portland, OR 97205
(503) 223-1321 http://www.japanesegarden.com/
Hours: 10am – 7pm, open Mondays at noon
Admission: $8.00 per person, $6.25 Seniors and Students
Trek through the tropics amid the sounds of birds, monkeys and other creatures. You’re not in West Africa; you’re in Portland at the Zoo’s African Rain Forest exhibit. After you’ve survived the steamy tropics, dry off in the savanna, where giraffes, rhinos and hippos graze. From the tundras of Alaska to the coastal waters of Peru, travel around the world in an afternoon.
Address: Washington Park, 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
(503) 226-1561 http://www.oregonzoo.org/
Hours: 9am – 6pm
Admission: $9.75 per person, $8.25 Seniors
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
Imagine a place where you can journey to the outer reaches of the galaxy, feel the power of an earthquake, climb aboard a real submarine, uncover a fossil, enter the world of virtual reality or travel the globe in a five-story high IMAX domed theater. You can also enjoy a view of the city while dining at the OMSI Market Café or find the perfect gift at the Science Store. With more than 200 hands-on exhibits, there is something for everyone in the family. Touch, explore, question and discover at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), located on Portland’s waterfront.
Address: 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
(503) 797-4000 http://www.omsi.edu/
Hours: Subject to change, please check website
Admission: $9.00 per person, $7.00 Seniors
Oregon Historical Society
In the heart of Portland’s Cultural District, the Oregon Historical Society houses treasures of the Northwest, a priceless collection that tells the story of Oregon from its earliest people to the present day. Visit the interactive exhibit, Oregon My Oregon, see exquisite paintings in Oregon Art and learn about the Battleship Oregon in the Hayes Maritime Gallery. Exhibits are designed for visitors of all ages, with artwork, artifacts, photographs, audio/visual presentations and hands-on displays for children, The Oregon Historical Society Museum Store is Portland’s premier spot for distinctive Northwest gifts, including jewelry, artwork, books and games.
Address: 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
(503) 22-1741 http://www.ohs.org/
Hours: 9am – 6pm
Admission: $10.00 per person, $8.00 Seniors, $8.00 Students
Portland Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA)
PCPA, recognized as on of the top 10 performing arts centers in the nation, is located in downtown’s Cultural District. Going out for a night on the town couldn’t be easier!
Address: 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
PCPA performances include:
- Oregon Ballet Theatre
- Oregon Symphony
- Portland Opera
- Portland Arts and Lectures
- White Bird Dance Series
- Fred Meyer Broadway in Portland
(503) 248-4335 http://www.pcpa.com/
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Portland Saturday Market
Every weekend between the months of March and December, the city of Portland holds its outdoor market. Despite the name, the Portland Saturday Market is actually held on Saturday and Sunday, and is the largest continuously running outdoor fair of its kind in the United States. The Portland Saturday Market can be found under the Burnside Bridge on the West side. It showcases local goods and international foods. At the Portland Saturday Market, you’ll find all kinds of goods, from handcrafted metal sculptures to funky lawn ornaments. The Market is not only an ideal place to shop, but it can also provide an entire day of free entertainment, from sampling food at the many food booths, to listening to music and enjoying other free shows found throughout the Market. The Portland Saturday Market has long drawn family crowds looking for a laid-back way to spend a weekend afternoon.
Address: 108 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Portland Shopping (Tax-free)
In Portland, you’ll find everything you expect in world-class shopping – except the sales tax. What you see is what you get in Portland. Since there’s no sales tax in Oregon, the price you see on an item is the price you pay at the register. Which only begs the question: Isn’t shopping a whole lot more fun without taxes taking a bite out of your travel budget? And to give you another excuse to shop, merchants have created some enticing offers. Take advantage of the year-round Portland Big Deal package, through which you can enjoy great discounts with some of Portland’s top retailers.