Free Museum Day Comes to Portland September 23

Museum Day Live! – a day of free admission at hundreds of museums across the country – will take place this year on September 23. The event, brought to us by Smithsonian Magazine, includes dozens of museums in Washington and Oregon.

All you need to do is download a ticket, and you’ll get free admission for two at participating museums on September 23. At many venues, you can just show the ticket on your smartphone.

Here are some of the nearby participating museums. You can find them all here.


Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Ave., Portland. The museum seeks to preserve the historic character and livability of our built environment, and to promote sustainability through the re-use of period homes and buildings.

Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, 122 NW 8th Ave, Portland. This museum is free every day, and is a nonprofit gallery that presents between 20 and 30 exhibits annually, showcases regional photographers, and offers regular talks and programs.

Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland. The Oregon Historic Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscripts, books, films, and oral histories.

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, 121 NW 2nd Ave., Portland. This Japanese-American history museum is locate din the heart of what was once Portland’s Japantown.

Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland OR. The Museum’s collection of more than 42,000 objects, displayed in 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The collection is distinguished for its holdings of art of the native peoples of North America, English silver, and the graphic arts.
Outside of Portland

Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver WA. Since it was founded in 1917, the Clark County Historical Society has been the steward of Clark County’’s collective history. Over the course of 99 years, it has accumulated a broad-based collection ranging in dates from 1200 AD – 1985.

Heslin House Museum and Fairview City Jail, 60 Main St., Fairview, OR. Under the care of the East County Historical Organization, the Heslin House and Fairview Jail museums show a slice of small town, rural life from the late 1800s on.

Zimmerman House Museum & Gardens, 17111 NE Sandy Blvd, Gresham, OR. This example of small town, gracious living includes a collection of original family artifacts, an elaborate garden, orchard remnants and out buildings.

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR. This museum is home to more than 200 historic aircraft, spacecraft and exhibits. Its mission is to inspire and educate, to promote and preserve aviation and space history, and to honor the patriotic service of our veterans.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State St., Salem, OR. Oregon’s third largest art museum celebrates the creativity of the human spirit as it is reflected in the art of different cultures, different places and different times. Located in the heart of Salem, Oregon, near the State Capitol building, the museum’s collections reflect the rich, diverse culture of the Northwest and explores the history of art around the world.

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Ali Wilkinson is the Online Editor for PDX Parent, and is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at
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