If you are traveling to Portland, Oregon on your next family vacation and are looking for places to take the kids that are both fun and educational, consider checking out one of these museums. Each one offers a unique experience for every member of the family.
1. Pittock Mansion
Originally built as a family home for Henry and Georgiana Pittock, this beautiful mansion is home to 22 elegant rooms and an expansive outdoor garden. Pittock, who was the owner of The Oregonian newspaper, started out as a typesetter at The Weekly Oregonian and became the paper’s owner and publisher. He went on to build a vast empire that included holdings in real estate, banking, railroads, steamboats and silver mining. The couple was known to be quiet and reserved but was very much involved in philanthropic endeavors throughout the community. The space now belongs to the Portland Parks & Recreation and is run in collaboration with the Pittock Mansion Society which maintains the historical museum and surrounding park.
2. Oregon Historical Society Museum
If you and your family are interested in history then this Museum should be at the top of your list of locations to visit. Here you can experience the history of the Native Americans and pioneers that settled the Oregon Territory in the mid-19th century. There are exhibits available to walk you through the history of the state including the Oregon Trail, the impact of the Great Depression and World War II. There are roughly 85,000 artifacts, photos, books and tape available to the public that covers topics from Oregon’s history through the present day.
3. Portland Art Museum
Opened in 1892, this Art Museum is one of the ten oldest museums in the nation and is holds the distinction of the being the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. Renowned for its extensive permanent collection it is home to many rare works as well as several contemporary masterpieces. A large part of the collection focuses on Native American art, 19th, and 20th-century photography and includes a prominent painting by Vincent van Gogh.