Pittock Mansion, Portland’s extraordinary 1914 historic house museum, invites third and fourth grade students to investigate local history through its updated Discovery Tour program. Students learn how life has changed over the last 150 years, completing an activity booklet as they explore twenty-three rooms on three floors of the Mansion, and then discussing what they discovered as a group.
Throughout the tour, students learn that history is about change–people and cultures adapting to each other and their environments. Pittock Mansion, built by Daily Oregonian founder Henry Pittock and his wife, Georgiana, illustrates such change. For example, Henry (1834-1919) and Georgiana (1845-1918) both crossed the Oregon Trail, arriving in Portland when it was a new town of 1500 people, reachable only by a long and perilous overland or sea journey. By the time the Pittocks built their new hilltop home, Portland had transformed into a booming city of about 225,000, connected safely and efficiently to the outside world through railroad and telegraph.
Students are welcome to stay after the tour for a picnic on the lawn, and enjoy the views of the Willamette and Columbia rivers as well as Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Jefferson on clear days.
Discovery Tours are offered at the discounted admission rate of $5.00 per student/chaperone. Teachers and bus drivers receive complimentary admission. A single payment is required.
Through the generosity of the OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation, Pittock Mansion has received a grant to subsidize the $5.00 admission fee to our Discovery Tour program for eligible schools. (Schools that have more than 70% of their students eligible for free and reduced price meals qualify for the subsidy on a first-come, first-served basis.)
Discovery Tour reservations should be made at least one month in advance. Discovery Tours begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude by 11:00 a.m. Tours are not available during Pittock Mansion’s Christmas exhibit (generally mid-November through January). Please note that during July and August, the museum opens earlier, at 10:00 a.m., so tours may be offered with adjusted timing.
Registered classes will receive a sample tour booklet, pre and post visit materials, and a DVD (or VHS, if preferred) for the class to view before the field trip.
To schedule a Discovery Tour or inquire about grant qualifications, please call Pittock Mansion Visitor Services at 503-823-3624.