KATU Summer Guide: Museums

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Whether it's raining or unbearably hot outside, a museum is the perfect place to spend a few hours. Here are several of our favorite museums and centers to visit -- some appeal to young (and young and heart) and others are a bit more adult-focused.


  • Pittock Mansion: The Pittock Mansion provides one of the best views of the city, so you'll often find dozens of tourists and photographers alike standing outside of it to get the perfect shot. What you may not know is that it was originally built nearly 110 years ago as a home for Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his wife. The mansion, which is furnished with vintage decor, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, February through May, and then 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from June to Sept. 4. Admission is $10 for adults and, $7 for youth and free entry for kids 6 and under.
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI): OMSI holds dozens of events throughout the summer that are family and kid-friendly, so it's the perfect spot to take your kids when the temperatures heat up. General admission will set you back $14 for adults, $9.75 for kids and $10.75 for seniors. Special exhibits will set you back a few extra bucks.
  • Portland Puppet Museum: Looking for something a little different and more quirky? Head to the Portland Puppet Museum in Southeast. Kids can attend puppet shows, build their own puppets and tour the museum.
  • End of the Oregon Trail: Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $13 for adults, $9 for seniors, $9 for youth (13 to 18), $7 for children (4 o 12) and free for kids under 3.


  • Oregon Film Museum: The museum is housed in the old Clatsop County Jail in Astoria. It covers several well-known movies that were filmed in Oregon, including "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Animal House," "The Goonies," and "Kindergarten Cop." Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for kids. It's open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from October to April, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May through September.


  • Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum: Learn more about the historic Columbia River Gorge with permanent exhibits ranging from the Ice Age to Lewis and Clark. They host several demonstrations, speeches and musicians throughout the summer months. Check their online calendar for the latest events and how to plan your trip. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for kids ages 5 to 16.

Know of a museum you like to visit that's not on this list? Share it with us! Use #KATUSummer on Twitter or email us at newstips@katu.com

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