Untold Stories of Pittock Mansion Treasures

Souvenir from an 1898 trip to Czech spa town Marienbad.

On view through Nov. 12

Pittock Mansion has artifacts whose stories are rarely told:  a punch bowl purchased as a souvenir from an 1898 trip to a Czech spa town, a toy swing Governor Tom McCall played with as a child, a still life painting by Oregon free spirit and activist C.E.S. Wood. In this exhibit, explore the histories of lesser-known—but equally compelling—objects.

Behind the Scenes Tour

Sept. 23 at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, or 3pm

Admission: Members $7*
Non-members $19*

*Reservations and prepayment are required due to demand.
The Behind the Scenes Tour is not recommended for children under 10.

If you ever wondered, “What’s behind that door?” while visiting Portland’s historic Pittock Mansion, take our Behind the Scenes Tour!

On Behind the Scenes Tours mansion guides lead small groups through areas of the mansion not ordinarily open to the public during regular tours.

This special tour explores underground hallways that lead to the original furnace room, vault, electrical panels, and elevator maintenance room. The tour also will examine the early 20th-century innovations incorporated when the home was built in 1914 by the forward-thinking industrialist and Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his wife Georgiana.

The tour then winds up the servants’ stairs to the mansion’s third floor, which is rarely open to visitors. Third-floor rooms include Henry Pittock’s private den, storage rooms, and the servants’ bedrooms and bathroom. Visitors also get to enjoy the view from the third-floor terrace.

These special tours are offered in addition to the mansion’s regularly scheduled tours. Visitors are encouraged to take both tours. The Behind the Scenes Tour takes about 45 minutes. Regular public tours last about an hour.

Call 503.823.3624 to make a reservation.

 

Hands-On Harp Demo

Oct. 20, 1pm – 3pm
Free with museum admission

The circa 1900 concert harp in the Music Room is a favorite of Pittock Mansion visitors. But what kinds of harps are there, what do they sound like, how do you play them?

Join us to discover the harp in a hands-on music experience with local harpist Misty Williams. Visitors will learn about different types of harps, listen to harp techniques, and pluck the strings of a harp themselves!

Above: Illustration from the cover of Sunday Magazine of the Boston Sunday Post, March 29, 1908. Photo courtesy of the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Hands-On Harp Demo

Oct. 28, 1pm – 3pm
Free with museum admission

The circa 1900 concert harp in the Music Room is a favorite of Pittock Mansion visitors. But what kinds of harps are there, what do they sound like, how do you play them?

Join us to discover the harp in a hands-on music experience with local harpist Misty Williams. Visitors will learn about different types of harps, listen to harp techniques, and pluck the strings of a harp themselves!

Above: Illustration from the cover of Sunday Magazine of the Boston Sunday Post, March 29, 1908. Photo courtesy of the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Behind the Scenes Tour

Oct. 28 at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, or 3pm

Admission: Members $7*
Non-members $19*

*Reservations and prepayment are required due to demand.
The Behind the Scenes Tour is not recommended for children under 10.

If you ever wondered, “What’s behind that door?” while visiting Portland’s historic Pittock Mansion, take our Behind the Scenes Tour!

On Behind the Scenes Tours mansion guides lead small groups through areas of the mansion not ordinarily open to the public during regular tours.

This special tour explores underground hallways that lead to the original furnace room, vault, electrical panels, and elevator maintenance room. The tour also will examine the early 20th-century innovations incorporated when the home was built in 1914 by the forward-thinking industrialist and Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his wife Georgiana.

The tour then winds up the servants’ stairs to the mansion’s third floor, which is rarely open to visitors. Third-floor rooms include Henry Pittock’s private den, storage rooms, and the servants’ bedrooms and bathroom. Visitors also get to enjoy the view from the third-floor terrace.

These special tours are offered in addition to the mansion’s regularly scheduled tours. Visitors are encouraged to take both tours. The Behind the Scenes Tour takes about 45 minutes. Regular public tours last about an hour.

Call 503.823.3624 to make a reservation.

 

Hours

Sept. 5 – Dec. 31 10am – 4pm Daily
Nov. 17 – 19 CLOSED
Thanksgiving Day CLOSED
Christmas Day CLOSED
January CLOSED
Feb. – May 10am – 4pm Daily
June – Labor Day 10am – 5pm Daily

 

Admission

Members FREE
Adults $10.00
Seniors (65+) $9.00
Youth (ages 6–18) $7.00
Children under 6 FREE

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