COVID-19 in Portland: What’s Open?

Learn the status of Portland attractions reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Know Before You Go

From Nov. 18–Dec. 16, 2020, all Portland museums, zoos, pools, gardens, aquariums, indoor recreational facilities and indoor and outdoor entertainment activities are closed. This is part of a “freeze” implemented to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon.

Most attractions listed here are temporarily closed during this freeze.

Portland Attractions With Reopening Dates

Travel Portland is maintaining this list of major attractions and their reopening statuses. For the latest information about a specific business, please contact them directly.

In general, attractions not listed here have not yet announced their reopening plans. We regularly update this page with additional attractions as we receive their reopening details, so be sure to check back for new information.

If you represent an attraction that should be listed or updated, please email

Know Before You Go

We’re doing our best to share the most current information, but some businesses might experience unexpected interruptions. Please be sure to always check with the attractions before visiting by going to their website or by calling them directly to get the latest information.

Architectural Heritage Center

CLOSED NOV. 18–DEC. 16. The Architectural Heritage Center exhibit galleries are open and outdoor walking are available. Space is limited and face masks are required. Safety measures are put in place in accordance with the Oregon Health Authority guidelines.

The Grotto

rows of benches face a rock wall and tunnel surrounded by moss, trees
The Grotto offers many lush and peaceful spots for spiritual meditation.
Credit: Kaleb Nyquist via Flickr

CLOSED NOV. 18–DEC. 16. The Grotto reopened on June 12 with temporary hours of operation and limited capacity in some spaces.

International Rose Test Garden

The International Rose Garden in Washington Park contains thousands of different types of roses and offers great city views.
Credit: Justin Katigbak

Portland’s acclaimed International Rose Test Garden has remained open throughout the pandemic.

Lan Su Chinese Garden

garden with chinese inspired architecture
The Lan Su Chinese Garden offers tranquil garden paths and a cozy tea house.

CLOSED NOV. 18–DEC. 16. One of Portland’s iconic attractions, the Lan Su Chinese Garden, reopened on July 15. Please plan ahead before you visit as timed ticket reservations are now required and the garden offers a limited number of tickets per day.

Leach Botanical Garden

CLOSED NOV. 18–DEC. 16. Leach Botanical Garden is open. However, the restrooms, gift shop and manor house are closed until further notice.

Oregon Historical Society

a museum exhibit featuring a wooden canoe
“Experience Oregon” is a 7,000-square-foot permanent exhibit at Oregon Historical Society, reflecting the people, places and events that shaped the land that is now known as Oregon.
Credit: Oregon Historical Society

CLOSED NOV. 18–DEC. 16. The Oregon Historical Society reopened on July 11. Public museum hours are limited and the Research Library remains closed for renovations.

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Exterior view of the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Credit: Courtesy of Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education reopened Aug. 6. Please expect limited hours and partial exhibition access. Advance ticket purchase is required.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

an aerial view of the glass-walled entrance of OMSI with a view of the Willamette River and downtown Portland behind
An aerial view of OMSI.

CLOSED NOV. 18–DEC. 16. Popular family destination OMSI reopened June 20 in a limited capacity: Only the featured exhibit and USS Blueback submarine are open to visitors for now.

Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation

Many people are admiring a bright orange steam engine at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center.
A vintage steam engine at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center.

CLOSED NOV. 18–DEC. 16. Family favorite Oregon Rail Heritage Center reopened on July 11, operating Saturdays and Sundays from 1–5 p.m., when volunteers are available. Check their Facebook page or call 503-233-1156 to ensure they’re open before you visit.

Oregon Zoo

two elephants touching trunks
Asian elephants Samson (left) and Shine interact at Elephant Lands.
Credit: Photo by Shervin Hess, courtesy of Oregon Zoo

CLOSED NOV. 18–DEC. 16. The Oregon Zoo reopened to the public on July 12 with new safety measures and limited capacity. Visitors follow a one-way path (see map) through the zoo, and some indoor and high-touch areas remain closed. You must purchase timed tickets in advance.

Pittock Mansion

exterior of Pittock Mansion
High above Northwest Portland, Pittock Mansion offers picture-perfect views of the city, as well as insights into Portland history.

CLOSED NOV. 18–DEC. 16. Historic Pittock Mansion reopened on July 9. Visitors must purchase timed tickets in advance.

Portland Art Museum

a display of native american art at portland art museum
Explore the Portland Art Museum’s collection of Native American art in the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Center for Native American Art.
Credit: Catalina Gaitan

CLOSED NOV. 18–DEC. 16. The Portland Art Museum reopened on July 16, welcoming a limited number of visitors at a time, Thursday–Sunday. Please expect timed ticket entry and only some galleries to be open. The Whitsell Auditorium will reopen on a separate timeline.

Portland Farmers Market

person buying fresh produce from a farmers market vendor
Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University is open Saturdays year round in downtown Portland.
Credit: Aubrie LeGault

Four of the five Portland Farmers Market locations (PSU, Lents, King and Shemanski Park) are open, with special safety procedures in place.

Portland Japanese Garden

A gardener attends to a tree within Portland Japanese Garden
A gardener tends to a tree at the Portland Japanese Garden.

CLOSED NOV. 18–DEC. 16. The Portland Japanese Garden reopened on July 22 with timed entry and other new procedures.

Portland Saturday Market

hanging teacups and saucers on display for sale
Portland Saturday Market features hundreds of different local makers and creatives.
Credit: Jamie Francis

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. The Portland Saturday Market operated from June 20-Sept. 26, 2020.

Portland Spirit

a boat cruises under the lit up Tilikum Bridge with a view of downtown Portland at twilight behind
The Portland Spirit cruises under Tilikum Crossing near downtown Portland.

CLOSED NOV. 18–DEC. 16. Willamette River cruises aboard the Portland Spirit resumed June 20.

Powell’s City of Books

A large room filled with bookshelves and display tables covered with books
The massive Powell’s City of Books contains nine huge rooms packed with new and used volumes.
Credit: Photo by Stuart Mullenberg

Portland’s icon and the world’s largest new and used bookstore, Powell’s City of Books, reopened its doors in downtown Portland on Aug. 21. Hours of operation are limited and some rooms remain closed. Customers can access to select new arrivals, bestsellers, used books, small press, gift items and the literature section in full.

Washington Park

people visiting a blooming Rose Garden in Washington Park
The International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park.

Natural areas and trails in Washington Park are open, but most of the major attractions it houses are closed during Multnomah County’s “freeze,” Nov. 18–Dec. 16. See below for attraction statuses.

  • Hoyt Arboretum: Trails open; visitor center closed
  • International Rose Test Garden: Open
  • Oregon Zoo: Closed through Dec. 16
  • Portland Children’s Museum: Closed
  • Portland Japanese Garden: Closed through Dec. 16
  • World Forestry Center Discovery Museum: Closed
  • Updates & safety measures
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