The Real Life Exhibit

Some things are hard to imagine until you experience them in real life.

You’re Invited!

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. 

Join us for a free tour today! 

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Visit the Real Life Exhibit

The Real Life Exhibit will be closed as of March 13, 2020 until further notice due to health safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. We will continue to provide updates as this situation continues to evolve. Click here to be notified when the Real Life Exhibit reopens to the public.

The Real Life Exhibit is an immersive museum experience, gives you the opportunity to see, hear, and feel what people experiencing crisis, poverty, and displacement live through daily. Step into the lives and homes of real people – and learn how you can make a difference.

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

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Real Life Exhibit

Drop-in Hours

There’s no need to register in advance for our weekly drop-in hours. These are great for individuals and small adult groups.

  • Wednesdays: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • First Saturday of each month: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Guided Tours (by reservation)

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We welcome groups or individuals to schedule a free guided tour with our Exhibit team. These tours are focused on large, primarily school groups, and include an optional group Reflection Time following the visit. Contact us directly at exhibit@medicalteams.org with questions.

  • Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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Location

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!

The Redmond, Washington exhibit is currently closed, pending a future relocation. Please contact Victoria Wilson (vwilson@medicalteams.org) with questions.

 


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 at both locations.

Is the Real Life Exhibit wheelchair accessible?

Yes!

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. At the end, there is a reflection room that can seat up to 50 people for a 15-30 minute time of reflection. Most groups spend an overall time of 1 1/2 hours 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, hosts, and discussion facilitators. 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.

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A special thank you to our generous event space sponsor, Standard TV & Appliance.

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