GUIDEBOOKS & MORE
Portland at Large
This illustrated guide by Carye Bye lists over 60 oversized mascots and super-sized things in the Portland-area. Printed in 2015.
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2015 Hidden Portland Museum Guide
The guide lists current information and Museum Lady picks for over 75 Museums & Collections in Portland, Oregon. First Printing May 2015. Covers Vary. By Carye Bye.
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Circle Portland Guide
A new illustrated guide published in 2014 exploring Portland Circle parks, memorials, fountains, art and more. By Carye Bye.
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2010 Hidden Portland:Museums & Collections
Published by nomads, an imprint of
Out of Print. This 110-page illustrated artist-book covered 50 Museums and collections in Portland. Chapters include: The Museum Lady's Top Ten Treasures, Free Museums, Monthly Discount/Free Days, and Tour Ideas. Retailed for $18.95/$20 Take a Look inside.
FIND A COPY: Currently the 2010 Edition of the Hidden Portland: Museums & Collections Book is out of print, but you may find a copy to borrow at the Multnomah County Library or the Hidden Portland Library Reading Room (No copies for lending).
Contact Carye Bye through hiddenportland[at]gmail.com with further questions.
Museums & Collections
in & around Portland, Oregon
Architectural Heritage Center
701 SE Grand Ave. | SE PORTLAND | 503-231-7264
They don't build 'em like they used to, but thanks to these fine folks, beautiful architectural artifacts are celebrated in rotating exhibits. The AHC also presents lectures, workshops, and home tours. Wed - Sat 10 am - 4:30 pm, $3, Free First Fridays 6-9pm for Artist Receptions.
Bathtub Art Museum
211 SE Madision | SE PORTLAND | 503-248-4454
The BAM collection (Nearly 400 bathtub postcards, valentines, dollhouse tubs, books and more) are stored at Artist Carye Bye's Studio. Make an appointment to view the collection. The Bathtub House folk-art site is at NE 46th & Simpson and rotating shows are curated by the neighborhood. Enter the house through the bathtub.
NE Portland, Contact for Location
Gary Sansom, a former BMX racer, has collected over 600 rare & vintage BMX bikes & frames. Visit the online museum to view over 40,000 bikes, meet other enthusiasts, and to find out about local showings. See the bikes by appointment. Online at www.bmxmuseum.com.
Cal Skate Museum
210 NW 6th Ave. | OLD TOWN | 503-248-0495
A collection of old-school boards, photographs, and other artifacts showing the history of skateboarding line the walls of Cal Skate Shop, now 35+ years in operation.
Chinatown Museum at the CCBA
315 NW Davis St. | OLD TOWN | 503-274-4070
The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) houses a secret museum on the 4th floor. You can try to see it by inquiring on Saturdays during the Chinese Language School from 9am-3pm. But better yet make an appointment to see the museum with a guide. There is no elevator and the museum is up four flights of stairs.
Ground Kontrol Arcade
511 NW Couch St. | OLD TOWN | 503-796-9364
Whether your game is Joust or Tetris, This "interactive museum" let's you admire the old arcade games, while you get to play. Wander upstairs for pinball and check the calendar for bands and other live events. Open daily, over 21 after 5 pm. Free entry.
The Hat Museum
Located in Ladd's Addition | SE PORTLAND | 503-232-0433
America's only Hat Museum with over 1300 hats. Tours performed by a milliner (hat maker) in a 1905 costume in the historic Ladd-Reingold House with its 100 year legacy of hat fanciers. Reservations only, $75 up to 6 people for a 75 minute tour.
Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum
3131 NE Glisan St. | NE PORTLAND | 503-858-8567
This museum is dedicated to Greek culture and is located on the second floor of the Father Elias Stephanopoulos Center. Open Tues 11am – 3pm, Sat 2pm – 5pm, Sun Noon - 1pm or by appointment, donation.
The Historic Belmont Firehouse
900 SE 35th Ave. | SE PORTLAND | 503-823-3616
Slide down the fire pole. Explore firehouse features remaining from the horse-drawn era. Then step into a modern day fire engine and respond to an emergency in SE Portland aboard "The Fire Engine Experience". Open Wed and 2nd Sat 9 am - 3 pm or by appointment. Donation
Kidd's Toy Museum
1301 SE Grand Ave. | SE PORTLAND | 503-233-7807
F.E. Kidd has gathered one of the largest private toy collections in the nation - a plethora of mechanical toy banks, dolls, and toy cars dating mostly from the 1860s to 1930s. Knock loudly and wait a few minutes. Mon - Fri Noon - 6 pm or by appointment, free.
Lincoln Street Kayak & Canoe Museum
5340 SE Lincoln St. | SE PORTLAND | 503-234-0264
Harvey Golden's continuing life's work and complete passion to recreate small traditional paddling craft from around the world and share through this museum. Wed 5-7pm or by appointment, free.
Mike's Movie Memorabilia Collection
4320 SE Belmont St. | SE PORTLAND | 503-234-4363
Amongst the rows and rows of obscure film and cult favorites at Movie Madness Video, you will see Julie Andrews' dress from Sound of Music, A Fu Dog State from Citizen Cane, an original mugwump from Naked Lunch, and more. Tours by appointment. Open daily, free.
Museum of Contemporary Craft
724 NW Davis St. | NW PORTLAND | 503-226-2654
Edgy, fresh, and always compelling, MoCC takes risks and curates some of the best craft-based art, installations and experiences. New shows every 2-3 months. First Thursdays free all day. Tue - Sat 11 am - 6 pm, $3-4
Museum of Metal Typography
8900 NE Vancouver Way | NE PORTLAND | 503-489-7330
Up in the industrial NE near the airport, a small collective of dedicated letterpress printers are learning to cast printing type and preserving the heritage of America’s typecasting Industry. It’s completely fascinating mix of art and industry. This working museum is open every third Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm or by appointment. $5 suggest donation.
OHSU Historical Collections & Archives
OHSU, Oregon Marquam Hill Campus | SW PORTLAND | 503-418-2287
Whether you're a doctor or just curious, the history of medicine has many stories to tell. You'll find exhibits in the Oregon Health & Science University library (open daily) and the History of the Medicine Room. Walk-in Thurs Noon - 3 pm or by appointment. Also you must see the Ernest Starr Memorial Museum of Dental Anomalies which is on the 5th Floor of the Dental School!
Oregon Historical Society & Museum
1200 SE Park Ave. | DOWNTOWN | 503-222-1741
Portland's main history museum and research library. Free for Multnomah County residents with proof until 2016. Mon - Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun Noon - 5 pm, $5-11
Oregon Jewish Museum
1953 NW Kearney | NW PORTLAND | 503-226-3600
The only museum in the Pacific Northwest dedicated to preserving and exhibiting Jewish art, history, & culture. Archives open by appointment and changing exhibits. Tue - Thurs 10:30 am - 4 pm, Fri 10:30 am - 3:00 pm, Sat - Sun Noon - 4, $4-6, Under 12 free, Free Group tours.
Oregon Maritime Museum
SW Pine at Waterfront Park | DOWNTOWN | 503-224-7724
Between Morrison & Burnside Bridge, aboard the steam Sternwheeler Portland.
See ship models, paintings, and more as you explore all three decks of the floating museum from the engine room to the pilot house. Wed, Fri, Sat 11 - 4 pm, $3-7
Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
1945 SE Water Ave. | SE PORTLAND | 503-797-4000
Large hands-on museum for young kids and adults. Robotics, Nanotechnology, Dinosaurs, holograms, 3D printing and the Invisible Lady! Never-ending amount of stuff to do. Planetarium, IMAX Theater, and submarine and special exhibits are separate admission. Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, summer hours, $9.50-$13.
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
121 NW 2nd Ave. | OLD TOWN | 503-224-1458
The Japanese American history museum sits in the original location of Japantown Laundry and explores what happened to the Japanese Americans who were forced to move to camps after the WWII Pearl Harbor bombing. Tue - Sat 11 am - 3 pm, Sun: Noon - 3 pm, $3-5
Oregon Rail Heritage Center
2250 SE Water Ave. | SE PORTLAND | 503-680-8895
Trains! Trains! Trains! A fantastic museum housing three steam-locomotives. Thu - Sun 1 - 5 pm, donation.
The Freakybuttrue Pecularium and Museum
2234 NW Thurman Ave. | NW PORTLAND | 503-227-3164
This place is oodles of fun and with a new monthly art shows showing some of the weirdest, grossest, odd artists, there’s always something new to see. Don’t miss a picture with Thelonous Biggie Foot and watch out for the Alien Autopsy. Always free admission, but bring $ for the fun store and ice cream parlor – and if you dare you can get a scoop with some special “creepy crawly” toppings! Wed - Sunday hours, check website. First Thursday art receptions.
Ping-Pong Pint Sized Puppet Museum
906 SE Umatilla St.| SE PORTLAND | 503-233-7723
Puppets Puppets Puppets! In Sellwood there is a little puppet museum, workshop and garden theatre. The puppeteers are very into it, and especially like fairy tales. Thu – Sun 2 pm - 8 pm, free (puppet shows $7)
3229 NW Pittock Dr.| NW PORTLAND | 503-823-3623
A beautiful 1914 house/mansion tour with views of up 5 mountains. The 44-room house was quite modern for its era with a central vacuum system, intercom, elevator, and gas and electric light. 11 am - 4 pm daily, summer hours, closed in January. $6.50 - $9.50
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Ave.| DOWNTOWN | 503-226-2811
Oldest art museum on the west coast with two buildings connected by underground hallway. Small sculpture garden and special visiting shows. Tues - Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Thu & Fri open til 8 pm, Sun Noon - 5 pm. 17 and under free, $12-15, some special exhibits may have separate admission
Portland Children's Museum
4015 SW Canyon Rd.| SW PORTLAND | 503-223-6500
Play and creativity, dress-up and exploring is what kids do best. This museum up in Washington Park is all about kids being kids. First Fridays free 5 - 8pm. Tue - Sun 9 am - 5 pm, seasonal hours, $9-10.
Portland Police Museum
1111 SW 2nd Ave. | DOWNTOWN | 503-823-0019
Inside the Justice Center, you'll find Portland's first traffic light, and an original talking McGruff (the Crime Dog). If your friends or family are driving you crazy, lock them up in the jail cell. Free guided tours. Tue - Fri 10 am - 3 pm, free. Donations accepted.
Rice NW Museum of Rocks & Minerals
26385 NW Groveland Dr | HILLSBORO | 503-647-2418
The Museum began in 1938 with agate rocks collected by the Rice family. Since then many more amazing crystallized mineral species and other natural wonders have been collected and displayed. Wed - Sun 1 - 5 pm, $5-8.
Stark's Vacuum Museum
107 NE Grand Ave | NE PORTLAND | 503-232-4101
A collection of old vacuums from the 1880s to 1960s, Many of which suck - as in don't or never worked so good. A fun excuse to learn the history of this common household machine. Some of the museum can be seen through the window on Couch St. if closed. Mon - Fri 8 am - 7 pm, Sat 9 - 6 pm, Sun 11 am - 5 pm, free.
Wells Fargo History Museum
1300 SW Fifth Ave. Wells Fargo Lobby | DOWNTOWN | 503-886-1102
See a stunning restored Concord Stagecoach, learn the history of banking and the express service from the days of the Gold Rush and send a Morse code message. Bonus: Find a miniature model of the Portlandia statue. Mon - Fri , 9 am - 5 pm, Free.
World Forestry Center Discovery Museum
4033 SW Canyon Rd. | SW PORTLAND | 503-228-1367
A global, interactive museum telling the story of forests in the Northwest and around the world. Daily 10 am - 5 pm, First Wed $3, $6-9.