The museums in our area provide ample opportunity for education and enjoyment. Here are some of the most popular museums in the Portland area:
Fort Vancouver Historic Site 612 E. Reserve St, Vancouver WA, 1-800-832-3599
The Hudson?s Bay Company built Fort Vancouver in 1825 to be the administrative headquarters and main supply depot for its entire Columbia Department, serving an area of roughly 700,000 square miles. After its construction, the fort was a center for trade and activity in the region. The historic site is open throughout the year, and provides visitors the chance to tour the grounds and witness living history demonstrations that help illustrate life in the period.
Portland Art Museum 11219 SW Park Avenue Portland OR, 503-226-2811
One of the oldest visual art museums in the northwest, the Portland Art Museum showcases touring exhibitions as well as permanent collections of European, American, Asian, Native American, and contemporary art. The museum is also home to the NW film Center, and each February presents the Portland International Film Festival.
Portland Children?s Museum 4015 SW Canyon Rd Portland OR, 503-223-6500
Filled with hands-on exhibits for kids of all ages, the Portland Children?s Museum is now located in Washington Park across from the Oregon Zoo. Children will be delighted by interactive activities such as molding their own creations in Clay Studio or splashing around in the Water Works. The museum rotates exhibits frequently to keep things interesting for both kids and parents.
The Oregon Historical Society Museum 1200 SW Park Ave. Portland OR, 503-221-2035
Marked by 8-story high murals of Lewis and Clark and the Oregon Trail, this downtown Portland museum tracks the state?s history from the prehistoric to the modern day. The museum contains over 85,000 artifacts and is one of the foremost centers for education on the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center Interstate Ave. Portland OR, 503-823-4322
Housed in a historic 1910 firehouse in North Portland, the IFCC is a community-based arts center that features two art galleries, a dance studio, and a 110-seat theater. The IFCC hosts a theatre season, lectures, gallery exhibitions, and workshops.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry 1945 SE Water Ave. Portland OR, 503-797-OMSI
More affectionately known as simply OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry has been making science fun for kids and adults alike since 1944. OMSI?s goal is to make science exciting and relevant, and the museum features in teractive exhibit halls and science labs. OMSI also boasts an IMAX theater, 52-foot domed planetarium, and is the home of the U.S.S. Blueback, a diesel attack submarine featured in the film The Hunt For Red October. Visitors can tour the decommissioned sub to learn how a submarine works and what life onboard the Blueback was like.
Photo courtesy of OMSI.