Oregon Historical Society Museum


Founded in 1898, the Oregon Historical Society is a repository of some 35,000 books, 2.5 million photos, 12,000 films, 2,000 oral histories, and 85,000 artifacts. Its museum pulls from this vast collection to create a roster of several special exhibitions each year. Themes vary widely, with past shows covering things like wine and vineyards, Portland’s post-war African American community, Oregon landscape painting, and dredging the Columbia and Willamette rivers.

Permanent exhibits include the award-winning Oregon, My Oregon, covering all aspects of the state’s early history, and Oregon Voices, which covers state history from 1950 onward. The museum store is a great place to pick up books (and maybe the latest edition of the Oregon Historic Quarterly, in publication since 1900), and authentic souvenirs, like jewelry made with sunstones, gems found only in the state’s south-central reaches.


1200 S.W. Park Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97205


45.51629000, -122.68233900

Open Hours

Mon.--Sat. 10--5, Sun. noon--5.
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(503) 222-1741

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