Stumped about what to give your favorite Oregonian? Tired of filling up their home with more things? How about giving the gift of membership to one of Oregon’s many cherished attractions?
Granting access to beautiful gardens, fascinating museums and more, gift memberships are great excuses to get out and see all the city has to offer. And the nice thing about memberships is that you’re not only giving the gift of an experience, but of possibly many experiences over the course of a year.
The Portland Japanese Garden, for example, is as beautiful in the fall as it is in the winter, spring and summer. Places like OMSI and the Portland Art Museum are constantly rotating exhibitions, offering something fresh. And at the Oregon Zoo and Oregon Coast Aquarium, the resident animals are always a treat.
Whether your favorite Oregonian is a recent transplant, someone looking for new experiences in town, or simply a lover of one museum or garden in particular, a gift membership is a great way to go this holiday season.
With rotating exhibits and old favorites, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a great spot to take a family multiple times throughout the year. OMSI offers several levels for its annual membership, starting at $99 for one adult and one child, and $115 for a family of four. Larger families or groups can purchase memberships that range from $145 to $225. Buy a membership online at omsi.edu.
PORTLAND JAPANESE GARDEN
One of Portland’s best attractions, the Portland Japanese Garden is a peaceful escape in all seasons. Being a member comes with perks like members-only hours that are typically less crowded. Memberships to the garden start at $70 for individuals and go up to $95 for a dual membership or $120 for a household. More expensive options offer additional perks, like invitations to special events. Buy a membership online at japanesegarden.org.
OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Admission to the Oregon Historical Society is always free for Multnomah County residents, but those who live outside the county (or anyone looking for some added perks), might want to consider an annual membership to the downtown Portland museum. Memberships are $60 for individuals or $80 for families, with more expensive options that offer additional perks. Buy a membership online at ohs.org.
PORTLAND ART MUSEUM
With lots of gallery space and constantly rotating exhibits, the Portland Art Museum is a place to return to again and again throughout the year. Memberships to the museum, which get you free admission along with special events and other perks, cost $80 for individuals or $110 for two people. Higher tiered memberships offer additional benefits. Buy a membership online at portlandartmuseum.org.
LAN SU CHINESE GARDEN
The Lan Su Chinese Garden is a peaceful oasis in downtown Portland, and a hub of activity during events like Lunar New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival. Membership to the garden starts at $60 for individuals, and ranges from $100 to $550 for two, depending on the number of additional guests and perks. Discounted options are available for students, seniors and low-income families. Buy a membership online at lansugarden.org.
One of the best family attractions in Portland, the Oregon Zoo is a joy year-round, with lots to explore and animals to see. An annual membership, which includes free admission and discounts, starts at $98 for one adult and one child, running up to $424 for larger families. A zoo membership for a family of four costs $163. Buy a membership online at oregonzoo.org.
OREGON COAST AQUARIUM
Found in Newport on the central Oregon coast, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is a great destination for families or marine life enthusiasts. And with new renovations, it promises to be a fresh experience for those who have been before. Annual memberships start at $60 for individuals or $95 for two, and go up to $200 for a larger household. Buy a membership online at aquarium.org.
EVERGREEN AVIATION AND SPACE MUSEUM
The massive air and space museum in McMinnville has one of the best collections of historic aircraft in the region, and is a great destination for the history buff in your life. Memberships cost $75 for individuals, and $175 to $250 for families. Buy a membership online at evergreenmuseum.org.
RICE MUSEUM OF ROCKS AND MINERALS
Rock enthusiasts will fall in love with the collection at the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro, which is an old house converted into a beloved museum. The affordable memberships are $30 for individuals, $50 for two and $75 for a group of four. Buy a membership online at ricenorthwestmuseum.org.
— Jamie Hale
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