Discover the Arts of Tualatin Valley
Cultural Traveler Getaway
Do you enjoy the arts, culture and humanities? Then, you just may be a “cultural traveler,” defined as one who has a thirst for authentic cultural experiences, including the arts, cuisine and history. If so, Tualatin Valley offers a wide array of activities and sites that will quench that thirst.
Historic Tualatin Valley
When European settlers set off to the west via the Oregon Trail, several stayed here and made this their home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the oldest continuously used churches in the state, the cemetery at Old Scotch Church is the final resting place for notable Oregon pioneer Joseph Meek. (Related: Pioneer Cemeteries)
Get up close and personal with the history of the Tualatin Valley at the Five Oaks Museum. Permanent and temporary exhibits tell the story of the region’s agricultural, technological, natural and cultural history. (Temporarily closed due to COVID-19)
Arts in Tualatin Valley
Learn about the art of coffee at Dapper & Wise in downtown Hillsboro. Each Saturday at 10 a.m., this growing local roasting company offers a complimentary coffee “cupping” class at its Coffee Lab. For those who really want to dive into the world of coffee, additional classes are available. (Cuppings currently unavailable due to COVID-19)
Art and culture is accessible throughout Tualatin Valley, most notably the Tualatin ArtWalk, a self-guided tour of the city of Tualatin’s diverse public art, natural and cultural history. This series of interconnected trails takes walkers to works of art, including murals and sculptures, and to Ice Age artifacts and historic structures.
Use our map of public art to explore and find murals, sculptures and more all over Tualatin Valley.
Tualatin Valley is rich in culture, with several civic and community theater companies providing opportunities to entertain and to be entertained. Professional theater companies also are prolific in the region, each bringing a unique perspective to theater.
Bag&Baggage Productions performs classic plays with modern, often unexpected twists at its new space, The Vault. Broadway Rose Theatre Company stages a diverse mix of musicals year-round in Tigard, earning the company accolades and multiple awards. (Check websites for news on upcoming seasons)
While visiting, travelers may want to explore their creative side in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley. Glass blowing and welding are two popular classes available at Live Laugh Love Art.
Sip and paint classes are very popular, and Yaymaker hosts painting classes at restaurants and bars all over. Sit down and create your own masterpiece while sipping on a glass (or two) of wine.
Plan your Tualatin Valley cultural arts getaway today!
See what's happening in Tualatin Valley's arts community, from storytelling and workshops to live performances and art exhibits.
Many talented artists live and create here, and their works of art can be viewed throughout the area along these self-guided art walks.
View the brand-new digital visitor guide and start planning your Tualatin Valley getaway.