ARTS & CULTURE TRIP
Stay in the heart of it all: Wilsonville. Whether you’re visiting for a few hours or a few days, you’ll find Arts & Culture Trip itineraries here packed with ideas to help you plan your trip.
- Art Walks
- Local History
- Public Art Displays
- Seasonal Festivals
Stroll through the streets of Wilsonville and discover artistic installations in surprising places on the Public Art Tour.
Kick off an early morning at Wilsonville Town Center Park to begin the Wilsonville Public Art Tour(A) and view publicly accessible art installations from every corner of the city. The art tour includes one-of-a-kind pieces at parks, plazas, schools and libraries. The sites are close enough to enjoy the tour by foot or bike. In summer, catch the annual Festival of Arts and take in visual, literary, cultural and performing arts from around the Pacific Northwest, all in the heart of Wilsonville.
The Tualatin Heritage Center(E) is home to exhibits, events and lectures that preserve the region’s rich history. On the outside, behold a 1920s Craftsman-style church surrounded by ice-age boulders and a garden of diverse floral species. On the inside, discover a gateway to exhibits and programs that celebrate and preserve regional history. From an encased 14,000-year-old mastodon tusk to signed ledgers by Tualatin pioneers, you’ll learn about the evolution of the area through the years.
Travel back in time at the Tualatin Heritage Center and marvel at this gallery piece from 14,000 years ago.
Immerse yourself in local art and culture in the beautiful open-air gallery walk at the Tigard Outdoor Museum.
Journey through the nearly mile long Tigard Outdoor Museum,(H) to immerse yourself in the complex tales of individuals who have influenced Tigard through the years. The trail boasts six exhibits made from stones, mosaic inlays, writing and research. See the history of the Tualatin Valley come to life in the form of modern works of art.
Wilsonville makes a great basecamp for your Arts & Culture trip. Stay the night (or two) and pack some walking shoes! You may fall in love with the region’s art, so continue your excursion along self-guided art walks near Wilsonville. The Tigard Outdoor Museum, is nestled around other attractions like the John Tigard House Museum. Call ahead to make gallery and tour appointments, as needed. If you visit in October, Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) honors the lives and memories of loved ones who have passed away through celebrations with artwork, dance and music.
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