If you’ve seen one priceless thing of beauty, you’ve seen all of them. Okay, it is not true. But in fact recollections tend to be more valuable than other things, and Portland’s assortment of strange-but-true museums leaves you more potent with remembrances than most mainstream galleries. Discover for yourself having a tour of those attractions which are doing operator to help keep Portland weird:
The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium
Filled with creepy but fun exhibits, like Al Capone’s safe, an alien autopsy table as well as an exhibit on spontaneous combustion, this Northwest Portland gallery and shop delivers original artwork and frozen treats. Because everybody likes frozen treats, right?
The Hat Museum
Using more than 1,000 hats, this Southeast Portland home is filled with headgear, organized into five different groups: vintage, men’s, novelty, worldwide and fabulous! Be sure that you get in touch with advance, as it’s open by appointment only.
Lincoln subsequently Street Kayak & Canoe Museum
Representing hundreds, otherwise thousands, of many years of hunting and fishing, the entire-sized canoes and kayaks found listed here are hand crafted replicas made to be seaworthy to this day. The only real factor strange relating to this Southeast Portland museum, that is free and open from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, is the fact that it’s totally landlocked inside a residential neighborhood.
Kidd’s Toy Museum
That’s no typo — this Southeast Portland assortment of toys from 1869 to 1939 belonged to Frank Kidd, and includes throwback products for example toy cars, piggy banks, and gadgets just like a Dick Tracy wrist radio. It’s open week day afternoons, as well as on the weekend by appointment.
In addition to this historic — a relevant video store, or perhaps a museum focused on cinema props? Thankfully, this Southeast Portland shop houses both, using more than 100 bits of movie history, just like a shower scene knife from Psycho, Julie Andrews’ dress in the Seem of Music, the infant carriage in the Untouchables and much more.
Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum
Taking on residence within an old neighborhood shop in Sellwood, this is when countless puppets, varying from walking, speaking creatures to marionette witches, arrived at existence every Thursday through Sunday with live performances. Kids can try their hands at making their very own puppets, too.
Portland Police Museum
This arresting assortment of artifacts goes back to 1870, and shows how law and order coded in this once wild city. Thumb through early arrest records, put on authentic Portland Police uniforms or clink the doorway of the original jail cell only at that free museum in downtown Portland’s Justice Center, and perhaps you’ll obtain the urge to become crime fighter, too.
Grain Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals
Probably the most extensive collection of minerals in america, this Hillsboro, Or museum truly rocks. Located just 16 miles west of downtown Portland, the ten,000-square-feet gallery the Grain family’s private home, however the “Alma Rose” Rhodochrosite from Colorado’s Sweet Home Mine, the world’s largest opal-filled thunder egg as well as an extensive assortment of meteorites live here.
Safety Learning Center and Fire Museum
They always say don’t have fun with fire, and also at the Historic Belmont Firehouse, they mean it. However, you can achieve out and touch greater than 150 many years of firefighting tools and equipment along its self-led tour.
Stark’s Vacuum Museum
Taking on a little wing of the Northeast Portland vacuum store, this assortment of 300 antique suction devices from a number of brands really kicks up a significant fuss. Admission is free of charge, but kindly wipe your ft before entering.
Wells Fargo History Museum
When Or only agreed to be removing, stagecoaches and steamboats propelled the condition to return. This museum, located downtown alongside Portland City Hall, shows the way the area remained attached to the New England with these old modes of transportation.
World Forestry Center Discovery Museum
Typically, an accumulation of trees is known as a forest. However this indoor museum, situated in Portland’s Washington Park, explores why is woodlands important through a range of interactive displays and exhibits.
How to Keep it Weird in Portland
Courageously Free Travelers: i love portland. beer, good art & music, weird people, tons of nature. what's not to love?
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Marshall Steeves: Can we stop with the whole "weird" thing? Every city is unique, as is Portland. Not really weird in any way, shape, or form. Its a beautiful city, though.
JoanJetsetter: I agree that every city is unique, but that doesn't make every city weird, right? Portland is probably the most liberal city in the state and that breeds certain oddities (the annual Naked Bike Ride, The Paul Bunyan statue, a vampire-themed vegan strip club, to name a few). But Portland's unofficial slogan "Keep Portland Weird" is also about keeping it local, supporting local business, and giving Portland that edge, so that it doesn't feel globalized/like every other city out there.
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