The Portland World’s Fair: A 1905 Walking Tour – SOLD OUT

July 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This event is SOLD OUT.

During the summer of 1905, Portland hosted its own worldwide exposition. Its full official title was the Portland Lewis and Clark Centennial and American Pacific Exposition and Oriental Fair. This walking tour, a collaboration among the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Historical Society, and the newly opened Portland Chinatown Museum, will reflect on the fair and its complex histories, including its mythological representations of the far American West as a conquered land, and as a site for further expansion west into the Pacific and Asian markets. Guests will share a variety of perspectives on the Fair and how it was a turning point for many immigrant communities in Portland.

This walking tour will cover about 1.5 miles between the Portland Art Museum and the Portland Chinatown Museum with stops along the way.

Space is limited and advance reservations required.

This event is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Paris 1900: City of Entertainment.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

Georges Paul Leroux. The International Exhibition’s Palace of Optics, 1900
Georges Paul Leroux (1877-1957). The International Exhibition’s Palace of Optics, 1900. Color lithograph, 31 3/4 x 23 5/8 in., Musée Carnavalet. © Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet