No museum could be cooler to get trapped inside overnight, when — as we know — all the artworks leap to life and party hardy, as only living artworks can. That’s because no museum’s collection is a crazier quilt than the Maryhill Museum of Art.
Entry level: Royal Romanian furniture, sculpture and religious icons; Art Nouveau and Art Deco glassworks; Victorian and modern paintings from Europe and America; historic photos and films of road- and museum-builder Sam Hill.
Upstairs: “Theatre de la Mode,” a collection of miniature Parisian fashion mannequins; children’s art room; and this year’s special exhibitions, including newly acquired paintings and prints, landscapes of the American West and ancient Greek ceramics.
Downstairs: International chess sets; sculptures by Rodin; films of influential modern dancer Loïe Fuller; and Native American artifacts of every era.
Outside: Sculpture garden, scenic lookouts and a cafe terrace with heavenly views of the Columbia River Gorge. Up the road: a full-sized recreation of Stonehenge. Yes, that Stonehenge — the ancient British monument.