Portland, OR — Fourteen regional attractions have partnered to offer reciprocal admission to their members in 2023. This coming year, the program is excited to expand to now include Five Oaks Museum in Hillsboro and Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem. This reciprocal admission program, which had been running for six years, was created as a way to show appreciation for each attraction’s loyal members as well as highlight the important role that cultural organizations play in their communities.
From January through December 2023, membership to one of the participating organizations is your key to free admission for a member and three guests of any age to a different attraction each month.
Memberships provide critical funding that allows each participating organization to further its mission. Join one (or more!) of the participating organizations to show your support for these immersive educational institutions. Or, purchase a gift membership as the perfect holiday gift!
Mark your calendar for the 2023 reciprocal admission schedule and some of the highlights visitors can expect from participating attractions. Offer applies to all membership levels. Valid proof of membership and photo ID required.
2023 Reciprocal Admission Program:
January: Oregon Zoo (oregonzoo.org)
February: Columbia River Maritime Museum (crmm.org)
What’s On View? Shipwrecks!, the Museum’s newest exhibit exploring the causes and consequences of these events, is now open! The Lightship Columbia is open daily — step aboard and see what life was like on a floating lighthouse. Sea Lions — Life By a Whisker, narrated by award-winning actor Sam Neill, debuts in the 3D theater on March 1, 2023 — the ONLY place to see this epic quest of sea lion pup Otto in Oregon or Washington.
March TWO ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT!
Deepwood Museum & Gardens (deepwoodmuseum.org)
Hallie Ford Museum of Art (willamette.edu/arts/hfma)
What’s On View? As one of the finest academic art museums in the Northwest, the museum features works by Pacific Northwest and Native American artists and includes a diverse collection of traditional European, American, and Asian art, as well as artifacts that date from antiquity. Changing exhibitions for the month of March include Rita Robillard: Time and Place (through March 25) and Hidden Histories: Ancient Art from the Permanent Collections (through April 22).
April: World Forestry Center (worldforestry.org)
What’s On View? Two new exhibits explore pressing issues facing our forests and our communities. Rethinking Fire explores wildfire through the intersection of science and art. Artworks by Arizona-based Bryan David Griffith investigates the complex issue of wildfire using evocative forms and natural materials. The Future of Forests is a free community-engagement exhibit that asks visitors to think about their own connection to forests and solicits feedback on World Forestry Center’s vision for the future.
May: Architectural Heritage Center (visitahc.org)
What’s On View? Visit Old Friends, New Acquaintances: Artifacts from the AHC Collections, an exhibit that presents never-before-seen parts of the AHC collection. View some longtime artifacts from the collections and some new acquisitions, including terra cotta lettering from the old Portland Union Stockyards, a grotesque creature that once adorned a downtown building, a railroad freight depot blueprint, and more. Also on view is an exhibit on the history and architecture of the Central Eastside neighborhood. Watch the AHC website for other rotating exhibits.
June: Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (ojmche.org)
July: Oregon Historical Society (ohs.org)
What’s On View? The Oregon Historical Society turns 125 in 2023, and to commemorate this milestone, has created an original exhibition, Our Unfinished Past: The Oregon Historical Society at 125. This immersive exhibition explores the people, events, and stories that have shaped the institution, reflecting on OHS’s complex history and its mission to be the collective memory of Oregon. OHS is also excited to host So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope, on loan from the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Whether you have always been here or are new to the state, everyone will learn something about the complex history of Oregon in OHS’s powerful, interactive cornerstone exhibition, Experience Oregon.
August: Five Oaks Museum (fiveoaksmuseum.org)
Five Oaks Museum is presenting Replenish the Root: Six Centuries of Gathering under the Oaks, an exhibition co-curated by Mariah Berlanga-Shevchuk and Victoria Sundell, that tells the multilayered story of the Five Oaks Historic Site, a grove of five Oregon white oaks in the Tualatin Valley who have borne witness to centuries of community and environmental changes. Through objects, photographs, and art, the exhibition invites visitors to learn about the people who have gathered in this place for over 600 years and their communal relationship with Oregon white oak savannas. When we understand our intersecting histories, we have the opportunity to connect with each other as well as the land we share.
September: Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals (ricenorthwestmuseum.org)
What’s On View? Housing a world-class collection of rocks and minerals, the Rice Museum is recognized as the finest in the Pacific Northwest and one of the best in the nation. Its educational programs include organized school field trips as well as ongoing educational outreach throughout the community at large. The Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its unique architectural style and its use of natural stone and extraordinary native Oregon woodwork throughout the building.
October: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (evergreenmuseum.org)
What’s On View? Soar through decades of aerospace innovation at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. Discover more than 150 aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits that tell the story of flight and space exploration with unique historic artifacts, including American aviation icon the Hughes Flying Boat Spruce Goose, SR-71 Blackbird, and the Titan II Space Launch Vehicle with its original launch room. Come soar with the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and experience the innovation taking place on the Evergreen Campus.
November: Oregon Coast Aquarium (aquarium.org)
What’s On View? The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a journey from seafloor to shore, where visitors can witness the underwater ballets of seals, sea lions, and sea otters; shake hands with moon jellies; and encounter near-360 degree views of wolf eels, sharks, and more. Find yourself surrounded by puffins in the seabird aviary — the largest of its kind in North America, or peruse Passages of the Deep: an underwater tunnel snaking through three ocean habitats. Complete with a new outdoor amphitheater and nature play area, the Aquarium is a fantastic way for families to get the most out of the coast.
December TWO ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT!
Clark County Historical Museum (cchmuseum.org)
Lan Su Chinese Garden (lansugarden.org)
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About the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance
The Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance (PAMA) is a professional organization consisting of marketing representatives from major attractions in Portland and beyond the metro area. The group meets bi-monthly and explores partnership opportunities, ideas for cross-promotion, and collaboration with Travel Portland.