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Arts & Museums
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
They do not make toys like this anymore. A vast collection of toys, mostly dolls and iron cast pieces, are displayed throughout three buildings that make up the museum. It is quite a change from the stuff kids are into these days, and will probably make you nostalgic for a bygone era! Some of the toys are up to 150 years old and their simplicity will surely surprise you.
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.
Portland is a sternwheel steam tug, built for the Port of Portland in 1947. The tug is now docked at the Williamette River near downtown Portland and also houses the Oregon Maritime Museum. This historic tug uses paddlewheels to provide propulsion, one of the last few boats built with such a system. Tours of the tug and the museum within are available and the tug also has a library, a gift shop and a children's corner.
Portlandia flows to the sea as you visit this piece of Rip City's past. Step on board the only remaining operational steam sternwheel tug in the country to learn all about boating while admiring all of the artifacts and exhibits. Take the tugboat tour and hear how old seafarers battled the river currents. If you want to learn more visit their library, the cheerful staff will give provide some interesting bits of information. Visit the gift store and check out the books and nautical themed gifts.
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.
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.