Take a free tour of the Virtual Real Life Exhibit.
Did you know Medical Teams has an onsite museum in Portland, Oregon? While this museum remains closed, we’ve created an engaging digital version for you to enjoy at home with your friends and family.
The Virtual Real Life Exhibit shows snapshots of the work we’ve done around the world in the last 40 years, including our work in the U.S. With five distinct stories to explore, you’ll step into refugee camps in Uganda, Bangladesh and Lebanon. You’ll see how we’re responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in our international field offices. You’ll look deeply into the heart of Medical Teams International.
Visit the Real Life Exhibit
The Real Life Exhibit in Tigard is looking forward to hosting guests again soon. We are excited to re-open the exhibit with an increased emphasis on events and weekend open houses. Tours will be available every Tuesday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for both drop-in visitors and groups. Reservations will be required for groups larger than five visitors.
As COVID-19 continues to circulate throughout our communities, Medical Teams headquarters, where the exhibit is located, is following the CDC’s assessment of community transmission. The exhibit will be re-opened to the public 30 days after Washington County enters Moderate Community Transmission rate.Get notified when the Real Life Exhibit reopens to the public
Updated Visitor Policies
- Face masks will be required in the exhibit at all times.
- Six feet distance required between visitors.
- Groups are limited to 50 people.
- Groups enter in waves of six; six guests allowed in a room at a time.
- Introductions will be limited to six people at a time in the lobby; for larger groups, introductions will be done on the sidewalk outside the doors.
- Guests will continue to use the iPad to sign in (three available); groups larger than six will sign-in in waves of six or less.
- Reflection Times will not be offered until further notice, and the Marketplace will not be available to host school lunches or meetings.
What You’ll See
Enter the real places Medical Teams International has served, where you will encounter
- a 25-foot tsunami wave in Indonesia
- an earthquake zone in Haiti
- refugee camps in Uganda and Syria
- a garbage dump in Mexico
- a family’s home in Guatemala
- and more
Medical Teams International Headquarters
14150 SW Milton Ct.
Tigard, OR 97224
The exhibit is located on the north end of the building, please follow signs marked “Exhibit”. We look forward to seeing you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Real Life Exhibit appropriate for all ages?
The Real Life Exhibit is free and open to everyone, regardless of age. We regularly host school groups, civic organizations, retirement communities, and more. The Real Life Exhibit is most appropriate for children ages 10 and up.
Is parking available?
Yes, free parking is available.
Is the Real Life Exhibit wheelchair accessible?
Is the Real Life Exhibit only for Christians?
Not at all! The Real Life Exhibit is an opportunity for people of all faiths — or no particular faith — to learn more about the lives of people in crisis. No religious participation is required as part of the tour. The Real Life Exhibit does reflect the mission and calling of Medical Teams International, which includes references to God and opportunities for prayer.
How long is a tour?
It takes between 45 and 60 minutes to go through the Real Life Exhibit. Most groups spend an overall time of 90 minutes on a tour. If your group is large, more time will be needed to allow for a staggered starting of smaller groups.
Is adult supervision required?
We recommend one adult for every 12 students. Real Life Exhibit volunteers will serve as greeters and hosts. We will normally have at least one volunteer in the exhibit at all times, but our volunteers are not responsible for supervising every student in your group.
Information for Teachers
- Please read the Information for Teachers document in advance and share relevant information with your students.
- You can engage your students further by planning an activity before or after the visit.
- Information for chaperones
- AVID Class Guide for the Real Life Exhibit