Portland, Oregon: Portland Police MuseumCrime artifacts, weapons, and uniforms commemorate Portland's thin blue line.
Hall of Justice
- 1111 SW 2nd Ave., Portland, OR
- Downtown, just west of the Hawthorne Bridge, between SW Main and Madison Sts on SW 2nd Ave. Museum entrance is in the first floor lobby.
- T-F 10-3 (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Portland Police Museum
The Portland Police Museum moved -- in the same building, but now on the main floor -- and you no longer have to show ID to get in. It's pretty neat, with lots of memorabilia of Portland's policing past, including an exhibit about Lola Baldwin, America's first female police officer and detective. There are uniforms for the kids to try on and displays of handcuffs, uniforms, guns, and even the typewriters on which the police used to do their unending paperwork. Plus, McGruff the Crime Dog![Jody Day, 10/07/2012]
It's a museum with police stuff. There's a motorcycle, pictures of old uniforms, old badges, etc. Learn about some strangler guy who murdered women who ran boarding houses. One room has a wall of anti-drug propaganda. It's in the Hall of Justice where the real, current police station is located. You will need to present photo ID to get into the building and woe to those who wander to an unauthorized floor. Admission is free, once you give them an ID and get a sticker.[Stacey Irvine, 03/09/2002]