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Showcasing Portland 's Unique Culture

Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest and, since its founding in 1892, has amassed a diverse collection numbering over 33,000 objects and works of art. This “collection of collections” comprises primarily gifts from generous donors and smaller collections purchased in their entirety. The Museum’s collection includes works of European painting and sculpture, American painting and sculpture, English silver, Asian art, Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Cameroon and other African art, contemporary art, sculpture, prints and drawings, and photography.

Portland Chinese Garden

Created to nurture and inspire all who visit, this Garden is little changed from what might have greeted you during the Ming dynasty in China. Portland's is an authentic Suzhou-style garden. It grew out of a friendship between Portland and Suzhou, a city renowned for its exquisite gardens.

This walled Garden encloses a full city block. Serpentine walkways, a bridged lake, and open colonnades set off meticulously arranged landscape of plants, water, stone, poetry, and buildings. Architects and artisans from China who designed and constructed the Garden mean for each aspect of the Garden to convey artistic effect and symbolic importance.

The design embodies the duality of nature, yin and yang. When these are balanced, harmony results. The delicate balance in the Garden affects all your senses. Hear the sound of water dripping from the crescent-shaped tiles onto a banana leaf; enjoy the fragrance of jasmine or wintersweet; feel the sensation of each footstep on the mosaic stone paths.

The Garden unfolds a changing look by season. Each one as lovely as the last. It is home to hundreds of rare and unusual plants, nearly 100 specimen trees, water plants, bamboo and orchids. Taihu rocks symbolize high mountain peaks and frame a waterfall. Nine pavilions offer places to rest and contemplate. Couplets of poetry speak to the interplay with nature.

The yin and yang of the Garden take you to another place and time.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The nation's oldest and largest theatre in rotating repertory. OSF presents an eight-month season of 11 plays—five by Shakespeare and six by classic and contemporary playwrights—in rotating repertory in three theatres: the outdoor Elizabethan Stage, the Angus Bowmer Theatre and the intimate New Theatre.

The mission of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is to create fresh and bold interpretations of classic and contemporary plays in repertory, shaped by the diversity of our American culture, using Shakespeare as our standard and inspiration.

Oregon Ballet Theatre

Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT), established in August 1989, is a classically-based professional ballet company based in Portland, Oregon. OBT offers an annual season of four productions at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and conducts regional and national touring.

Throughout its many programs, Oregon Ballet Theatre's continuing goal is to provide its constituency with the finest in professional ballet performances, education, and training as Oregon's ambassador of dance.

Portland Dining

The restaurant scene runs the gamut from Northwest cuisine at Wildwood to the maternally inspired Mother’s Bistro & Bar to food with a view at the new Portland City Grill, located on the 30th floor of the US Bancorp Building. A tradition of seafood cookery is reflected in fine old crab and oyster houses such as Jake’s Famous Crawfish and Dan & Louis’ Oyster Bar. Other Northwest delicacies can be found – and devoured – at Higgins, Caprial’s Bistro, Red Star Tavern, Huber’s and Bluehour.