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Activities & Attractions:  Free or Reduced Admissions


* Updated on 07/2012 *


Oregon Historical Society All residents of Multnomah County receive free admission (just bring proof like your driver's license!); otherwise you can get free admission in February on Oregon Statehood Day and in October on the Oregon Day of Culture.

The third Saturday each month admits two children for free per one paying adult.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Bank of America and The Standard have collaborated to present $2 Days at OMSI.  OMSI visitors will pay only $2 per person for general admission on the first Sunday of each month. 
Oregon Zoo Once upon a time when I was still in high school and working at the zoo, the Washington Park Zoo (as it was called) used to offer free admission on the second Tuesday of the month after 4:00pm (we would actually close down the gates at 3:30pm and reopen them at 4:00pm--those lines were long!).  They discontinued this in the late 1990's and now offer a discounted admission of $4 on the second Tuesday of every month.  The zoo does charge $2 a car for parking, but if you ride the MAX and show proof of ridership, they'll knock off $1.50 from the price.  So, ride the MAX, show your ticket, and pay only $2.50.
Pittock Mansion They don't offer many free days, but in the past year they've offered free admission to mothers on Mother's Day and have held a free 'open house' during the summer.  We'll post if we find out any further free days.

If you are a Bank of America / Merrill Lynch cardholder (credit, debit or bankcard), just show your card and ID during the first full Saturday/Sunday weekend of the month and gain free admission as part of BoA's Museums on Us promotion.
Portland Art Museum Free admission for children ages 17 and younger every day.  This is supported by The Gordan D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation. 

Free admission on the fourth Friday of every month from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.
The Museum also offers free admission and special family programming several times a year.

If you are a Bank of America / Merrill Lynch cardholder (credit, debit or bankcard), just show your card and ID during the first full Saturday/Sunday weekend of the month and gain free admission as part of BoA's Museums on Us promotion.
Portland Children's Museum Thanks to the Target Corporation, the first Friday night each month is free admissionfrom 4:00pm-8:00pm.
Portland Lan Su Classical Chinese Garden The first week of the new year is generally when the garden offers free admission.  Check here for calendar.

If you are a Bank of America / Merrill Lynch cardholder (credit, debit or bankcard), just show your card and ID during the first full Saturday/Sunday weekend of the month and gain free admission as part of BoA's Museums on Us promotion.
Portland Japanese Garden Free admission is generally offered annually on Veteran's Day, but might change so your best bet is to click here for the latest news.
Washington County Cultural Pass to Adventure
Submission (05/18/10): 

Borrow the pass from a Washington County Library and get free admission to the following attractions.  Please see web site for terms of use and program rules.

* A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village
* Lan Su Chinese Garden
* Pittock Mansion
* Portland Children's Museum
* Portland Japanese Garden
* Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
* Washington County Museum
Washington County Museum Free Family Day every second Saturday of the month




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