Originally Published at Portland Monthly on April 9, 2024


Get ready to fall in love with Portland’s beloved Pittock Mansion, whether it’s for the first time, or all over again. With its captivating history, new programs, and diverse storytelling, there’s always something for you to discover.

Even if you’ve strolled the grounds or seen the mansion before, there’s something new and exciting awaiting you, making Pittock a must-see this spring and summer. Why? So glad you asked!

Location, Location, Location

Henry Pittock’s choice of location for the mansion was no accident. With its forested backdrop and breathtaking views of downtown Portland and Mount Hood, it’s no wonder it’s one of the city’s most Instagrammable spots! But that’s just the beginning. The grounds of Pittock Mansion burst into life during spring and summer. Imagine cherry blossoms in mid-March, rhododendrons from April to June, and over 100 species of roses, including the stunning “Georgiana Pittock” Rose, blooming from May to August. Did you know that we even have a monarch butterfly garden next to the viewpoint?

Experience the stunning views from inside the mansion, uniquely designed to view downtown Portland and the Cascade Mountains. Admire the building’s oval shape and angled wings, along with artistic features like curved wooden floors and a grand staircase. Beyond its historical significance, Pittock Mansion offers a visually spectacular day out. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the front lawn, soaking in the scenery for an unforgettable day.

Expanded Campus Experience!

Did you know that now as a visitor you get to experience two historic buildings for the price of one? The recently reopened Gate Lodge, once home to the estate keeper and family, provides  deeper insights into the lives of the Pittock family and those who lived and worked on the property. We have also reopened the Admissions Bay in the Garage building next to the parking lot, making for a seamless flow and experience.

While the Pittock Mansion boasts a French Renaissance châteauesque style, the Gate Lodge is more of a charming Italianate craftsman home built of reinforced concrete with a stucco exterior and clay tile roof. As its name suggests, the Gate Lodge sits next to what was the original gated roadway leading up to the Mansion.

Tickets can be purchased here.

New Vision and Revitalized Community Offerings

Think you’ve seen it all in just one visit? Think again! Under the new vision, Pittock 2.0, the mansion now offers two seasons of rotating exhibits every year and an expanded range of programs. Dive deeper into the city’s growth and the individuals who shaped it. We want you to visit us multiple times a year. Don’t miss out on the Behind-the-Scenes Tours, a brand-new Architecture Tour, the Monarch Butterfly Garden Tour, and a History hike.

Are you brave enough to explore the basement of a 100-year-old mansion? The exclusive Behind-the-Scenes tour includes access to areas usually off-limits to the public. You will get to visit the third floor. Relax in Henry’s Den and marvel at the breathtaking views from the windows or terrace. Take a peek into the servants’ rooms, hallways and the cedar closet to get a glimpse into the past.

More of an architecture buff? Then the new Architecture Tours highlights the mansion’s story, focusing on design, local craftsmanship, and decorative arts. In just an hour, discover the significance of Pittock Mansion and how architect Edward Foulkes modernized it in 1914.

More details, dates, and ticket information for each are on our website.

Expanding the Storytelling – New Annual Changing Exhibits

Pittock Mansion is committed to showcasing the diverse stories of Portland’s history-makers. Alongside the Pittocks, various communities and cultures have significantly shaped the city. In the recent past, we have showcased exhibits on Vanport, Oregon’s Black pioneers, and the region’s Indigenous populations.

Explore our newest Spring exhibit, “From Near & Far: Chinese and Jewish Americans and the Making of Portland,” this spring and summer. These early settlers, dating back to the late 1840s, played pivotal roles in transforming Portland from a small settlement into a thriving city, overcoming shared challenges to create resilient communities.

Check out the public programs and walking tours offered in conjunction with the exhibit on our website. Tickets and more information can be found here.

Pittock and You! Come Engage with Us! 

Looking for deeper engagement with Pittock? Here’s how you can get more involved.

●      Visit:  New exhibits, programs, and tours are waiting for you to discover.

●      Become a member: As a member of Pittock Mansion, you help expand the ways the mansion serves the community while also enjoying a variety of benefits, including free admission, guest passes, invitations to member events, discounts, and more. Memberships can be purchased onsite or online. (LINK HERE)

●      Volunteer: Our historic museum runs because of our wonderful volunteers, interns, guides, committees, and the board. Want to share your expertise or passion? Email lhasenmiller@pittockmansion.org for more info.

●      Donate. You can support our mission and all of these revitalized efforts by donating online or in person.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to: PittockMansion.org.

Hope to see you soon for the exclusive Pittock experience!