Econo Lodge City Center
1889 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: (503) 226-7646
Fax: (503) 459-4000
Arts & Museums
Wells Fargo Museum in Portland provides an engaging glimpse into the history of the financial services company, Wells Fargo. The exhibits in the museum specifically address the ways in which the company established itself in the region, and portray its fascinating early days. Located close to other popular attractions in the city, Wells Fargo Museum provides interactive activities like a ride on the nostalgic stagecoach. Admission is free to the museum and they regularly organize cultural and educational events. Check website for more information.
The Public Art Gallery, located inside the Michael Graves' Portland Building, holds information about the city of Portland and many of the artistic endeavors featured throughout the streets. The most notable element of this gallery is the display of molds for the immaculate and controversial Portlandia, a bronze statue of a goddess-like woman with a trident and a stoic facial expression. Visitors can certainly marvel at the incredible size of these molds, but also read about the history of the statue and its artist. Each corner of the marble-floored gallery offers another opportunity to learn about the city of bridges. The gallery is free and open to the public during normal business hours. -Cathryn D. Blue
An odd but fun museum, this place falls into the Escape from Alcatraz category. If you are into cops and robbers, there is a lot to see. Among the most interesting items are the police bike with sidecar, unusual confiscated weapons, historical uniforms and badges. To get a look at old Portland's criminal element, check out the Rogues Gallery. You will be glad the boys in blue are around after you see these characters.
Walk through the grand plaza and step into Oregon's past. Located in Portland's cultural district, The Oregon Historical Society has bountiful collections of historical artifacts, photographs, moving pictures, maps and more. Many exhibits are interactive, and the atmosphere is friendly. The center's shop is full of Native American jewelry, baskets and pots. The book collection covers all of the Northwest's history for adults and children.
Created in 1892 primarily to promote visual arts, the museum is set up with several large and open viewing rooms. It is the oldest museums in the area. Do not miss the Native American collection, and the artists' works featured in the European collection will also surprise you. Also check out the North Wing's Jubitz Center, which houses modern and contemporary art. In the spring, the museum's Northwest Film Center hosts the annual Jewish Film Festival. Entry is free for children below 17 years.
The Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art is housed within the Mark building of the Portland Art Museum, which was originally a Masonic temple. Blue and green hues of Monet's ‘Waterlilies' welcome you at the entrance of this 28,0000 square foot gallery. The sprawling space holds various exhibitions throughout the year. Widen your knowledge about art as you stroll leisurely. Some magnificent pieces are sure to leave you spellbound. Check website for upcoming exhibits & admission info. Donations are always welcome.
The Portland Art Museum's Northwest Film Center was established to promote the art of moving pictures and foster the work of local artists. One of the biggest festivals presented by the center is the Portland International Film Festival. At the Northwest Film and Video Festival, you will see the work of new independent artists judged by masters of the art. Another big event is the Jewish Film Festival in April. Cash only; ticket prices vary with the exhibition or festival. The historic theater also shows first-run movies.
Augen Gallery is a smaller shop carrying fine art created by both local artists and well-known national and international artists in a very non-traditional setting. Owner Bob Kochs is friendly and talkative and is willing to share his immense knowledge about the work he carries in his gallery and any other subject of interest. All the pieces here are artfully displayed, yet the environment remains casual. It is the perfect place for browsing on a leisurely day.
This gallery is located in a historic building dating back to 1874. This gallery carries a wide array of artwork from local artists just getting off the ground as well as established ones. In this building, already a fine piece of work in itself, you will find a variety of sculptures, paintings and prints. With a friendly staff, patrons are welcome to walk around at leisure and take in the local and international artwork.
Covering two floors and more than 3,200 square feet, Chetwynd Stapylton Gallery carries a beautiful collection of original paintings and artwork. There is also plenty of space to take all of it in. Internationally known artists' work can also be found hanging on the walls or displayed on many of the simple but elegant display tables. Vivid watercolor paintings in a folk art theme tend to be a staple at the gallery and appointments can be made to visit after hours.
This museum offers halls dedicated to earth science, life science, computers, chemistry, traveling exhibits and hands-on exhibits, a planetarium, the Omnimax Theater, a submarine to tour, a motion simulator ride and a cafe. Enjoy the palatial digs on the Willamette River. The museum, through its various games and interactive displays, offers an opportunity to exercise the grey cells and leave with more knowledge and information. Buy a full museum package, which includes admission to the exhibits, the Omnimax and a sub tour at a reasonable price.
An eclectic, electric live art form is always progressing here. Staged in 8,000 square feet of Portland's Pearl District, Portland Institute For Contemporary Art focuses on getting audiences involved and evolving art into new forms through performance and fusion. Past presentations have included Monsters of Grace, a digital opera, and a benefit with the work of pop surrealist Kenny Schaf. The newer theater always seems to be expanding and raising funds. Members receive discounted admission and other perks.