Portland's Cultural District's 10 Best Museums, Parks and More

Portland, Oregon is home to a thriving Culture District that spans over 12 city blocks. Here you can find a wide range of activities and attractions. In the middle of the Culture District is the South Park Blocks where you can see multiple statues and public art. These South Park Blocks are essentially the hub of the Culture District and all the attractions we've selected can be found along these blocks. We took a great area with so much to offer and have narrowed in down into the 10 best attractions found here. We started with two of the best museums in Portland. Portland's internationally recognized art museum, Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Historical Society Museum where you can learn everything there is to know about the state of Oregon. Portland has many examples of great architecture and we included two of the most beautiful in Portland, the First Congregational United Church of Christ and the Portland Center for Performing Arts which is home to the exquisite Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. We included one of the newer parks which also happens to be a locals favorite Directors Park, where kids can run through the fountains. We chose the Portland Farmer's Market, a massive farmer's market at the south end of the Culture District at Portland State University that everyone should go to at least once. We are confident that you will leave the Culture District having fallen in love with one of these ten places, if not all of them.

Financial District

This branch of the Portland Art Museum, which is actually housed within the Portland Art Museum downstairs, hosts the Portland International Film Festival each February and March. They also host other events in Portland throughout the year,...  Read More

Cultural District

Right across the street from Keller Auditorium in downtown Portland, Oregon you will find one of the most unique fountains Portland has to offer. Keller fountain is a multi tiered fountain that you can actually sit in and wade in on a nice hot...  Read More

Housed in a five-story building that occupies an entire city block, calling Powell's a "City of Books" is hardly hyperbole. By far the largest book store in Portland, Powell's claims to be the largest independent book store in the nation. Ever...  Read More

Portland Saturday Market

Despite its name, the Portland Saturday Market is open on Sundays too, every weekend from March through December. Located on the West Bank of the Willamette River, the Market is sheltered by the Burnside Bridge and a glass-roofed structure...  Read More

First Congregational United Church of Christ
Photo courtesy of First Congregational UCC

First Congregational's church building, with its unusual Venetian Gothic architecture made from stone and sandstone, is 120 years old and on the National Historic Register. It is currently owned and occupied by the United Church of Christ. It...  Read More

Director Park is a public piazza right in the heart of downtown Portland. This park sits on top of an underground parking garage. Here they have a large fountain feature that doubles as a splash pad for kids on hot days. Director Park offers...  Read More

The Portland Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA) is the umbrella organization that includes five performance spaces in three buildings. These facilities include the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, affectionately known as "The Schnitz" and home...  Read More

Oregon Historical Society Museum

History buffs and novices alike will enjoy a visit to this informative museum that tells the tale of the Native Americans and hearty pioneers that settled the Oregon Territory in the mid 19th century. The Oregon my Oregon exhibit will walk you...  Read More

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South Park Blocks
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

South Park Blocks is spread out along 12 city block in downtown Portland and basically forms what is known as the Culture District of Portland. Every block contains public art. Some of the art work seen here is the 1926 Joseph Shemanski...  Read More

Cultural District

Founded in 1892, the Portland Art museum is the seventh oldest museum in the nation and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The Portland Art Museum is renowned for its extensive permanent collection, which showcases everything from rare and...  Read More


Meet Meagan Shamy

Meagan Shamy is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan

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