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The Best Museums

Pittock Mansion: Completed in 1914, this enormous French Renaissance Revival chateau, built for the owner of The Oregonian newspaper, occupies the highest point in Northwest Portland. Wander through rooms paneled with rare woods and sheathed in rare marbles, and enjoy the panoramic view of Portland from the gardens. .

Portland Art Museum: The collection of Native American art and artifacts is reason enough to visit Portland’s art museum. It has a small collection of French Impressionists and galleries of contemporary Northwest art, and it hosts interesting but smaller-scale traveling shows.

Keep Portland Weird

"Keep Portland weird," an often-seen bumper sticker here in Stumptown, has become something of a mantra for many Portlanders. This town attracts a lot of independent thinkers, counterculturalists, and artistic types of all sorts. Not surprisingly, some of these people have chosen to share their personal passions through small, private museums. Here are some of my favorites.

    • The Hat Museum (tel. 503/232-0433; www.thehatmuseum.com): Hundreds of hats and lots more. Tours by costumed museum owner. Open daily 10am to 6pm; admission is $15 and reservations are required.

 

    • Mike's Movie Memorabilia Collection, 4320 SE Belmont St. (tel. 503/234-4363; www.moviemadnessvideo.com): Costumes and props from Hollywood movies inside a video-rental store. Open Sunday to Thursday 10am to 11pm, Friday to Saturday 10am to midnight; admission is free.

 

    • Stark's Vacuum Museum, 107 NE Grand Ave. (tel. 503/230-4101; www.starks.com): A vacuum-cleaner store with vacuums dating from the 1880s to the 1960s. Open Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm; admission is free.

 

    • 3D Center of Art & Photography, 1928 NW Lovejoy St. (tel. 503/227-6667; www.3dcenter.us): Contemporary and vintage 3-D photos and art. Open Thursday to Saturday 11am to 5pm, Sunday 1 to 5pm; on first Thursday of the month, it's also open 6 to 9pm. Admission is $5.

 

  • Wells Fargo History Museum, 1300 SW Fifth Ave. (tel. 503/886-1102; www.wellsfargohistory.com): Stagecoaches in the soggy Northwest? Yee-haw. Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm; admission is free.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.