Portland, Oregon: National Hat Museum

Largest hat museum in America. Over 2,300 hats on display, including Phyllis Diller's black mink hat, headwear from the movies "Chicago" and "Gangs of New York."

Address:
1928 SE Ladd Ave., Portland, OR
Directions:
In the Ladd-Reingold House, just east of the Willamette River in southeast Portland. I-5 exit 300. Head south on Water Ave., then turn east onto Hawthorne Blvd. After around a half-file, turn right onto SE Ladd Ave; the house is just before the traffic circle.
Hours:
By appt only, $75 group price (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
503-319-0799
Admission:
Daily 10-6
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The Hat Museum

Now boasting over 900 hats and still growing, the Hat Museum also continues to add other quirky and interesting items to various smaller collections. Personal tours are available 10am-6pm, 7 days a week (reservations still required - call first), which take about 75 minutes. [Note: 2013, this museum is no longer open for public tours].

[Daniel L. Jones, 05/18/2010]

Hat display.

Hat Museum

Exhibits hats worn in the movies "Chicago" and "Gangs of New York," a clothes pin collection (the largest is a 10 foot clothes pin), John Steinbeck's doorstop...and now over 700 hats. You can take a tour any day of the week, but you do need a reservation.

[Cobar Pita, 03/08/2007]
The Hat Museum

America's only Hat Museum with 600 hats, located in the Ladd-Reingold House in Ladd's Addition, 6 minutes from downtown Portland. Four collections: Vintage, Men's, Novelty and Today's Hats. Also weird minor collections of things like John Steinbeck's door stop, British phone booth, couch made out of a 1966 Cadillac, the wedding cake from "The Woman Who Married Her House," the topless 1927 roadster that crossed the US twice, collections of eyeglasses, hamburgers, crowns and shoes with unusual heels. "The quirkiest attraction in Portland," and all this stuff is carefully arranged in the old Ladd-Reingold House -- on the National Historic Registry and featured on HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk" show.

[J. Alyce, 01/16/2006]

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