The Oregon Historical Society is dedicated to making Oregon’s long, rich history visible and accessible to all. For more than a century, we have served as the state’s collective memory, gathering and preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, films, manuscripts, books, and oral histories.Plan to see Oregon Historical Society and other attractions that appeal to you using our Portland trip maker tool.
Researchers from around the world travel to our library, unearthing information that challenges conventional thinking. Curious individuals come to us to explore their family trees or discover the history of their homes or neighborhoods. Archaeologists, environmentalists, filmmakers, architects, novelists, artists, and others all find their way to us, asking questions, making discoveries, creating knowledge.
We share our vast collection through thought-provoking museum exhibits and robust digital platforms. We bring history directly to Oregon’s students in ways that bridge gaps of time and perspective, and we support lifelong learning through our many public lectures and events. We advance critical inquiry through the Oregon Historical Quarterly, a journal that has sparked conversations throughout our community for over a century.
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Oregon Historical Society reviews
Information provided in a confusing blast. You can walk through room after room reading little placards to learn about the Native American Tribes and Oregon's racist history. Eventually, there is...
Information provided in a confusing blast. You can walk through room after room reading little placards to learn about the Native American Tribes and Oregon's racist history. Eventually, there is... more »
Well curated exhibitions and extremely informative. Plus it’s not overwhelming in size . Allow 1-2 hours.
Well curated exhibitions and extremely informative. Plus it’s not overwhelming in size . Allow 1-2 hours. more »
We came across this museum by chance...and then spent over 3 hours reading about Oregon history and enjoying the well thought out exhbits, rooms, and memorabilia. Well done!
We came across this museum by chance...and then spent over 3 hours reading about Oregon history and enjoying the well thought out exhbits, rooms, and memorabilia. Well done! more »
Despite the name, it’s just the Oregon History Museum, with great history and interactive learning. If you aren’t local, go, it’s affordable. It just will give a glimpse of the nature and history of the region, from natives to explorers and colonizers. The laws and foundation, no sugar-coated and fair explanation. Other temporal expositions that you might like.
Great museum (I’m from LA and I’m still impressed!). Love the temporary exhibition on the suffragettes - wish it were permanent and if it included a footnote on the ERA that would be stellar. The permanent exhibition upstairs was amaaaazing and the gift shop is tiny but mighty! Very happy I stopped by - I came by twice between work breaks for ample time to really stroll and absorb the great exhibits. A great stop if you’re in town. Parking wasn’t too bad either. That was surprising.
Visited on the Tuesday of the most recent "great winter storm" that flooded many areas and blew down trees. Unfortunately part of the exhibits had experienced flooding, but we were able to experience the MoTown exhibit as well as the standard interactive Oregon History exhibit. Despite being a 4th generation Oregonian, there were still parts that were new to me, and we spent a good hour+ making our way through. I enjoyed learning more about the suffragette movement and Abigail Scott Duniway's contributions - it was interesting to see an original quilt that she had made and donated to raise funds for the movement! Being a member also carries perks such as a guest with you, as well as discounts on the annual Hatfield Lectures, which feature many Pulitzer Prize authors and is always highly enjoyable.
Went in today after living in the neighborhood for over a year. I moved here from South Carolina, and I’ve enjoyed learning more about my new home state. There’s lots of good information about the development of Oregon and Portland, with emphasis on the role people of color played in making it what it is today, as well as honest talk about the challenges
Informative exhibits relating to the history of Oregon. Nice low cost place to visit downtown.
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