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Tired of the USUAL? Here is the list of "one of a kind" museums in Portland which can provide an entirely different but fun experience for you & your family.
This museum is located in Portland’s beautiful Washington Park & covers an area of 20,000 square foot
Built in dramatic Cascadian style architecture, the stunning Discovery Museum has been a Portland icon since 1971. Visitors can take a wet-free raft ride, see the forest from a bird’s-eye-view, learn about different people who work in the forest, and “travel” to Russia, China, South Africa and Brazil to discover how those regions are utilizing their forests and the challenges they face.
The 1st floor of the museum focuses on forests of the Pacific Northwest and the role they play in providing habitat, water, recreation, wood, and a multitude of other benefits. The Forest Store also provides guests with unique gift and souvenir options, many made in Oregon.
The Portland Police Museum features permanent and rotating exhibits. Permanent exhibits include:
The Hat museum has an extensive
collection of the most characteristic styles of past eras--hats dating back to
Hats from Hollywood
movies, famous designer hats, novelty and military hats. One of Oregon's most
unusual historic Edwardian houses, the Ladd-Reingold House, has a 100+ year old
legacy of milliners and hat fanciers! Rare men's and women's hats.
4 fabulous collections of hats-
1. Antique and vintage
From 1820 to present day women's hats in a house that has a legacy of hat
makers! Learn historical facts about hats, origins, lore and hats in language.
2. Men's hats
From a rare straw top hat to beaver felt cowboy hats, an unusual cross section
of hats from the heads of men--includes military hats!
Novelty and costume hats
A giant tea cup, a salmon, a table, a parrot--yep, they're ALL hats! Hats that
do "tricks"! Hats that fold, hats that sing, hats do more than hide
Today's Fabulous Hats
Stunning tea hats, retro creations and what's new for today's hat fancier!
The Stark’s Vacuum Museum is a one of its
kind! Renovated in 2017, the Museum boasts more than just old vacuums, it
contains three different timelines all integrated into one display. Included is
a vacuum history timeline; they display 25 of the most iconic and loved vacuums
in history. One can learn the history of the vacuum cleaner and its progression
from the beginning.
The walls of a long, well-lit room are stacked with models of
vacuums, from durable wooden devices made in the 1800s to chic, space-age
cleaners from the 1960s.
Frank Kidd’s toy collection, the Kidd Toy museum showcases his lifetime
collection, which started with vehicular toys and has expanded to include toys
of all kinds: mechanical and still banks; trains, planes and automobiles;
character toys; police badges; railroad locks, lanterns and related items; and
early Oregon memorabilia of all kinds. His collection has been supplemented by
the collection his wife, Joyce, who collects teddy bears, dolls and holiday
the collection consists mainly of toys from 1869 to 1939, but includes a generous
display of later die-cast vehicles. For local interest, banks, signs, trays and
other items pertaining to the Northwest are included.
heart of Mr. Kidd’s collection are his mechanical banks, one of the finest in
existence. You will see several patent office models, wooden, lead and brass
patterns for banks and other toys, and selections of original sand-casting
molds for the toys.
Lincoln Street Kayak and Canoe Museum (LSKCM) is dedicated to presenting a
diverse variety of indigenous small watercraft forms in a contextual and
educational setting. Each form represented here reflects centuries or millennia
of development influenced by cultural tradition, environment, external
pressures, resources, function, practicality, and aesthetics. Despite their
broad variation in shape, construction and use, each vessel is a proven design
that served the designer/builder/user's needs, aiding them successfully in
hunting, fishing, migrating, trading, and for general navigation. Perhaps no
single object created by genus Homo better
represents our ancestors' ingenuity, survival instinct, and desire for
exploration than the canoe. Today, the canoe remains a powerful symbol and
metaphor for individualism and adventure and is among the few objects aiding
human transportation that is still created by hand in a non-mass-production
The bulk of the LSKCM's watercraft collection is
made of full-sized functional replicas of traditional Arctic hunting kayaks.
Harvey Golden built these replicas in order to compliment his museum studies
with an element of experimental research. These vessels are the largest and
most complete assembly of pan-arctic kayak forms in the world.
Puppet Museum is your place to learn all things about
Puppets. and let loose your inner child.
August 27, 2011, the museum exhibits on worldwide puppetry, Live puppet shows, workshops
and kids hands on area. They have puppet building classes as well.
the creative direction of Steven M. Overton and Martin Richmond, the Olde
World Puppet Theatre Studios is one of the longest running marionette
theatres and puppet building companies in the United States.
The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals houses a world-class collection recognized as the finest in the Pacific Northwest and one of the best in the nation.
the Museum showcases not only fine rocks and minerals, but also fossils, meteorites, lapidary art, and gemstones from both the Pacific Northwest and all around the world.
The Museum is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places for its unique architectural style, natural stonework, and the extraordinary native Oregon woodwork found throughout the building.
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