At the end of the lane, a block north of the Farmers Market on Montgomery, you'll notice a building that looks like a Siberian bunker. Be not afraid. It’s Portland State University’s Science Research & Teaching Center and it is publicly accessible during college hours.
The 2nd floor of the SRTC is home to a wonderful, recently refurbished lounge that overlooks the park. The lounge, with faux-streetlamps and a diverse collection of dead fauna, is the kind of place Sherlock Holmes might kick up his boots to contemplate a particularly zoological mystery. Display cases contain a wide range of taxidermied birds as well as skeletons of wolves, a brown bear, monkeys and more. As long as you treat this hidden world as the study space it is—the few researchers and students who pass through won’t pay you any mind. And, of course, admission is free.
My 1st question is a little banal; just hear me out. Have you shopped at Portland’s largest farmers market? It’s Saturday on the Park Blocks at Montgomery St & Park Ave. Here’s my 2nd question: did you know that a giant whale skeleton has been staring silently at all those unsuspecting people as they fill their canvas sacks with cucumbers and vegan cookies?
Yes, you guessed it, overhead the SRTC lounge is a huge whale skeleton aiming its off-white nose directly at the farmers market.