• Phil Evans

Portland Museums You Don't Want to Miss

People who want to move to Portland are usually attracted by its incredible natural sights and vibrant culture. We celebrate culture and the arts with our festivals, theater and music scene, and of course, there is no shortage of museums to visit in the city. From the science and history museums to more peculiar collections that celebrate our “weird” spirit, these are some of our most popular museums.



Freakybuttrue Peculiarium

Oddities museum and unique art gallery.


The Hat Museum

90-minute tour guided by a docent who is an expert in the history of hats.


Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry (Omsi)

Three auditoriums, a large-screen theatre, planetarium, and exhibition halls.


Portland’s Children Museum

(Washington Park) Adult visitors must be accompanied by children.


Portland Art Museum

Free admission on the first Thursday of every month from 5–8pm.



World Forestry Center

(Washington Park) Learn about the world’s forests and trees and sustainable living.


Stark’s Vacuum Museum

Over 100 vacuums from the late-1800s to the 1960s. Admission is free.


First Thursday Art Walk

Or the Last Thursday on Alberta Art Walk.


Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

United States National Historic Site located in the states of Washington and Oregon.

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