Exhibits

CURRENT EXHIBITS

A Pittock Mansion Christmas: Wonderful World of Books

On view November 25, 2019–January 5, 2020

From children’s classics to modern-day mysteries, this year’s Pittock Mansion Christmas explores the wonderful world of books. Experience the literary visions of local decorators as they transform the Mansion’s rooms into magical storybook settings.

1887 Steinway grand piano

The Permanent Collection

Pittock Mansion is home to a wide array of period furnishings and personal artifacts that connect visitors to early 20th-century life. Heirlooms donated by Portland founding families, like the Failings and Couches, are on display in addition to our original Pittock family pieces. Highlights include the Pittocks’ Steinway grand piano, a Couch family desk, the Failing family’s set of Limoges china, and Henry Pittock’s masonic sword.

Interested in donating an item? Please contact our Curator.

UPCOMING EXHIBITS

Mt. Hood Perspectives: Community Art Show

On view February 1–July 5, 2020

Mount Hood is a key part of Portland’s skyline, seated atop the Cascade Range to the east of the city. Residents and visitors alike look forward to when the clouds part and the mountain is visible, admiring how its snowy slopes vary from hour to hour, season to season. Discover artistic interpretations of this Portland icon by local artists.

Image: Jeanette French, Mount Hood, North Face

PAST EXHIBITS

Portland’s World’s Fair: Souvenirs of the Lewis and Clark Exposition

On view July 20–November 17, 2019

In 1905, Portland welcomed visitors to the city’s first—and only—world’s fair. The Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition highlighted the area’s industrial innovation and growth, delighted visitors with exotic spectacles, and offered unique keepsakes—souvenirs that are coveted by collectors today. Discover some of the fair’s more fanciful objects from the private collection of Mike Cramer including souvenirs from former Governor Victor Atiyeh’s collection.

CHANGING LANDSCAPES: The 100-year history of the Pittock Mansion Estate

On view February 1–July 14, 2019

Pittock Mansion has experienced some dramatic changes over the course of its history, and the same is true for the grounds surrounding the historic home. From a private family estate to a public garden and park, explore the changing perspectives and approaches to the landscaping and usage of the Pittock estate, and discover how the grounds were developed into the renowned garden and park it is today.

A Pittock Mansion Christmas: Hobbies and Pastimes

On view November 19-December 31, 2018

From opera to knitting to beekeeping, this year’s Pittock Mansion Christmas will highlight some familiar and not-so-familiar hobbies and pastimes. See the Mansion in a whole new light as volunteer decorators creatively transform rooms into a hobbies and pastimes holiday extravaganza.

Dining in the Gilded Age

On view July 14–November 11, 2018

Explore the gadgets used to prepare foods and feasts circa 1900 and the specialized china and silverware used to serve them. As cooks and hostesses responded to a new abundance of tableware, tools, utensils, and foodstuffs, American dining customs reached elaborate new heights, unmatched before or since.