A Golden Age of Poster Design: Magazine Posters from the 1890s


A Golden Age of Poster Design: Magazine Posters from the 1890s
On view
Feb. 1 – July 9


Discover the beauty of antique posters and their role in advertising. Advertising long relied on handbills and posters, but improvements to lithographic printing in the 1880s meant publishers could inexpensively reproduce colorful artwork. The new artistic possibilities prompted an international poster craze and elevated graphic design to a fine art.

Magazines, a popular source of entertainment at the time, were among the many products advertised through posters. In this exhibit, explore stunning American examples from a golden age of poster design from beloved magazines like Harper’s Monthly and bygone publications like Lippincott’s and The Century from a private local collection.

Above: Edward Penfield poster advertising the August 1896 issue of
Harper’s Monthly featuring a new story by Mark Twain. Right: Edward Potthast poster advertising the July 1896 issue of The Century.

Summer Music Series

Wednesdays & Fridays, June 2 – Aug. 30 from 3pm – 5pm
Free with museum admission based on volunteer availability

Join us for live piano music in the Music Room! Local volunteer musicians will play the 1887 rosewood Steinway grand piano that Henry Pittock’s children and grandchildren played.

Behind the Scenes Tour

June 24 at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, or 3pm SOLD OUT
Click here for other tour dates

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.


Untold Stories of Pittock Mansion Treasures

Souvenir from an 1898 trip to Czech spa town Marienbad.

July 15 – 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.

Day Camp for Kids: Life in 1914

Tuesday or Wednesday, July 18 or July 19
9am – 12:30pm

Admission: Members $25
Non-members $35

Children ages 8 – 12 are invited for an entertaining and educational half-day camp. Campers will go back in time and behind the scenes to experience what life was like 100 years ago through engaging, hands-on activities.

Reservations and prepayment are required due to demand. Please call 503.823.3624 to make a reservation.



June – Sept. 4 10am – 5pm Daily
Sept. 5 – Dec. 31 11am – 4pm Daily
Nov. 17 – 19 CLOSED
Thanksgiving Day CLOSED
Christmas Day CLOSED
January CLOSED
Feb. – May 11am – 4pm Daily



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

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