Lincoln Street Kayak & Canoe Museum

Location -
5340 S.E. Lincoln St., Portland, OR 97215
Neighborhood - SE Portland

Categories - Museums/Galleries

The Lincoln Street Kayak and Canoe Museum (LSKCM) is dedicated to presenting a diverse variety of indigenous small watercraft forms in a contextual and educational setting. Despite their broad variation in shape, construction and use, each vessel is a proven design that served the designer/builder/user’s needs, aiding them successfully in hunting, fishing, migrating, trading and general navigation — clearly representing our ancestors’ ingenuity, survival instinct and desire for exploration. Today, the canoe remains a powerful symbol and metaphor for individualism and adventure and is among the few objects aiding human transportation that is still created by hand in a non-mass-production context.

The bulk of the LSKCM’s watercraft collection is made of full-sized functional replicas of traditional Arctic hunting kayaks. Museum owner/curator Harvey Golden built these replicas to compliment his museum studies with an element of experimental research. These vessels are the largest and most complete assembly of pan-arctic kayak forms in the world.

Museum’s hours are 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Admission is always free. The LSKCM is also open by appointment or chance — call or e-mail to check status or to arrange a visit.