List of museums in Portland, Oregon

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This list of museums in Portland, Oregon encompasses museums defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included. Also included are non-profit and university art galleries.


Name Neighborhood Area Type Summary
3D Center of Art and Photography Art Antique and contemporary 3D imagery, currently closed and seeking new location
Architectural Heritage Center Buckman Southeast Art - Architecture Website; changing exhibits about architecture and art
Blue Sky Gallery Pearl District Northwest Art Photography gallery
Cooley Gallery Eastmoreland Southeast Art Website; part of Reed College
Gallery 114 Old Town Chinatown Northwest Art website, non-profit artists' collective and gallery in all media
Hat Museum Hosford-Abernethy Southeast Commodity - Hats Website; displays a selection of most characteristic styles of past eras; in the Ladd-Reingold House; open for private tours for costumers, fashion and history academics and for millinery students
Kidd's Toy Museum Buckman Southeast Toy Includes mechanical banks; trains, planes and automobiles; character toys; police badges; railroad locks, lanterns and related items; early Oregon memorabilia; teddy bears and dolls; and holiday collectibles[1]
Movie Madness Video Sunnyside Southeast Media Video rental shop and museum of film history with costumes, props and Hollywood memorabilia
Museum of Contemporary Craft Pearl District Northwest Art Includes works in ceramic, glass, metal, fiber and wood, showing development of West Coast craft since the mid-20th century
Museum of Odd History University Park North Fraternal History History of Odd Fellows and their contributions to the development of North Portland Website
Oregon Historical Society Museum Downtown Southwest Multiple State history, science, art
Oregon Jewish Museum Northwest District Northwest Ethnic - Jewish Jewish culture in Oregon, America and the world, art, history
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center Old Town Chinatown Northwest Ethnic - Japanese Website; lives and contributions of Oregon's Nikkei community, located in Portland's old Japantown area
Oregon Maritime Museum Downtown Southwest Maritime Located on the steam sternwheeler Portland in Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Hosford-Abernethy Southeast Science Also includes the USS Blueback (SS-581) submarine and a planetarium
Oregon Rail Heritage Center Hosford-Abernethy Southeast Railroad Vintage railroad equipment, including steam and diesel locomotives and passenger coaches
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Hall of fame - Sports Closed temporarily, as of May 2008, according to its website
Pacific Northwest College of Art Galleries Pearl District Northwest Art Campus includes twelve public exhibition galleries, two professional galleries and ten spaces reserved for student and community showings
Pittock Mansion Hillside Northwest Historic house 22 room French Renaissance estate situated on 46 acres (190,000 m2)
Portland Art Museum Downtown Southwest Art Includes centers for Native American, Northwest art, and modern and contemporary art, Asian art, an outdoor public sculpture garden, and the Northwest Film Center
Portland Children's Museum Washington Park Southwest Children's
Portland Community College Cascade Gallery Humboldt Northeast Art Website, on the Cascade Campus
Portland Community College North View Gallery Far Southwest Southwest Art Website, on the Sylvania Campus
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Downtown Southwest Art Contemporary performance and visual arts
Portland Police Museum Downtown Southwest Police Photographs, equipment, uniforms, and documents; run by the Portland Police Historical Society
Portland Puppet Museum Southeast Uplift Southeast Puppet website
Portland State University School of Art & Design Galleries Downtown Southwest Art Website. MK, Autzen, AB Lobby and Broadway Galleries
Stark's Vacuum Museum Kerns Northeast Commodity - Vacuum cleaners Collection of 300 items includes the two-person-operated Busy-Bee (one person pumps, the other vacuums); operated by Stark's Vacuum Cleaner Sales & Service
VintageTek Hayhurst Southwest Technology website, historic Tektronix equipment
Wells Fargo History Museum Downtown Southwest History Wells Fargo Company in Oregon history; includes a 19th-century stagecoach, an interactive telegraph, a life-size reproduction of a turn-of-the-20th-century bank, and a treasure box used to carry gold long distances.
World Forestry Center Washington Park Southwest Industry - Forestry Forest industry, importance and natural history of forests

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  1. ^ "Kidd's Toy Museum". Travel Portland. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  2. ^ "The Faux Museum, absurd downtown Portland gallery, is closing in 2015". The Oregonian. December 4, 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Official site". The Faux Museum. Retrieved 27 January 2015.

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