South Park Blocks
South Park Blocks information
Two important museums flank the South Park Blocks, the 12-block-long greenway that runs through much of downtown. The blocks themselves are a fine, leafy refuge from downtown's bustle, and host a farmers market and occasional art shows.
The Oregon Historical Society is the state's largest historical museum, and dedicates most of its space to the story of Oregon and the pioneers who made it. There are interesting sections on Native American tribes and the travails of the Oregon Trail. Temporary exhibits furnish the downstairs space.
Across the park, the excellent Portland Art Museum has exhibits that include Native American carvings, Asian and American art and English silver. The museum also houses the Whitsell Auditorium, a first-rate theater that frequently screens rare or international films. Blockbuster exhibits are mounted regularly.
At the southern end of the South Park Blocks is Portland State University , the city's largest university.