Portland’s Peculiarium

Todd Mecklem agreed to write a guest blog post about Portland’s newest tourist attraction. I promised zombies, and here they are! You might notice a recurring visitor in the photos – thanks for posing, Kyle!

Kyle at the Peculiarium, Portland, Oregon

©2011 Todd Mecklem. A visitor at the Peculiarium.

Smiling face at the Peculiarium, Portland, Oregon

© 2011 Todd Mecklem. A dreamy smile greets you.

In the ongoing struggle to Keep Portland Weird, a major victory has been won. A destination called the Peculiarium has opened on NW Thurman, near where 23rd (AKA “Trendy-third”) begins to surrender to the industrial area on its north end.

Kyle at the Peculiarium, Portland, Oregon

© 2011 Todd Mecklem. In the green room.

Part museum, part snack bar, part gift shop, part art gallery, the Peculiarium offers something for everyone who thinks that Pop Rocks and dried insects have their place in a balanced diet. Order a hot dog, odd pastries, or a bug-covered ice cream sundae! Pose for photos as the screaming victim of an alien autopsy! Puzzle over the mystery of a “rotary dial telephone” on display!

Kyle gets autopsied at the Peculiarium, Portland, Oregon

© 2011 Todd Mecklem. A visitor gets autopsied.

Head in a cage at the Peculiarium, Portland, Oregon

© 2011 Todd Mecklem. Despite all my rage I'm still just a head in a cage.

There’s no real danger here, unless someone knocks the life-size stuffed Sasquatch over on you. But with the Peculiarium filling the odd-shaped hole in the city of Portland left when the Velveteria velvet painting museum left town, this will quickly become one of the must-see attractions in the city. (Frankly it’s much more fun than that crowded, trendy doughnut shop downtown.)

And if you want to do some Halloween shopping, here’s the place to spend your hard-earned cash. We want this place to stay around for a long time.

The Peculiarium, 2234 NW Thurman St., Portland, Oregon. 503-227-3164. Hours: 10 AM-6 PM every day.

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