Located in Portland’s beautiful Washington Park, our 20,000 square foot museum is sure to delight anyone from ages 3 to 103. Visitors will be both educated and entertained as they learn about the importance of forests and trees in our lives, as well as environmental sustainability.
We recognize that forests are truly amazing places critical to our own survival, and we want you to come away from your museum experience with that same feeling. Forests are ever changing, face many challenges, and require proper management to be sustainable. By using the forests of the Pacific Northwest as an example, you will see how forests have systems, structure, and cycles, and how they affect our lives each and every day.
The Future of Tall, Mass Timber Innovation
September 2017 – December 2019
With its innovative spirit and sustainable forest resources, Oregon has become the epicenter of the most significant disruption of building technology since steel and concrete altered urban skylines.
The Future of Tall explores the present and future of mass timber and how it’s rapidly gaining attention among architects, engineers, developers, and contractors.
Timber Culture: The History of Maxville, Oregon – A City United and Divided
January 12, 2019 – June 30, 2019
Timber Culture: The History of Maxville, Oregon – A City United and Divided provides an inclusive look at Oregon’s multicultural logging industry. This exhibit depicts the lives of loggers and their families drawn together from different cultures during the Great Migration, through a series of historical photographs from the Maxville logging operation.
Forests around the world face multiple challenges. On the second floor we highlight People and Forests, and how they interact around the world. You will “travel” to different regions meeting people who are faced with the many issues of keeping forests in their countries sustainable.
Langdon Plate Collection
The incomparable beauty of wood from around the world is on display at our new exhibit. It showcases just a fraction of the hundreds of wooden plates created by James Porter Langdon, a woodcarver and retired forester.
Currently, 150 plates from the U.S. and elsewhere are on view, with common and scientific names for the species listed.
Mr. Langdon was born in Portland in 1906 and worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 30 years before he retired. He had a long history in natural resource management, working at the Columbia National Forest in Vancouver, the Mount Hood National Forest in Zigzag, and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Mr. Langdon gifted his prized collection to the World Forestry Center only a few months before his passing in 1990.
Group Reservation Form
Self guided tours to the Discovery Museum can be reserved using the following link. At this time, we do not offer guided tours.
For more tour options through other organizations, please visit: LearnForests.org