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Oregon Historical Society Museum

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Neighbourhood: Downtown
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Address: 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205-2483
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+1 503-222-1741
12:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

View the 1845 covered wagon on display as well as the Native American...

View the 1845 covered wagon on display as well as the Native American Basketry collection.

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Nice exhibits

I enjoyed this museum. It currently has a special Kennedy exhibit which was very interesting. It is very reasonably priced.

Reviewed 6 days ago
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed this museum. It currently has a special Kennedy exhibit which was very interesting. It is very reasonably priced.

Thank Kerrymh2017
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a wonderful trip for us. We are planning to go back for the JFK traveling history for his 100th. birthday.

Thank Lin C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like this museum as it was well structured and informative. Oregon trail information was excellent . The Kennedy exhibition was excellent too and runs until the November 12th .2017,Very professional layout and impressive building. I was surprised at there being no refreshment facility as in the US they are common. In fact food and drink were specifically forbidden to... More 

Thank oldhenry21
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The layout is quite nice. Details the history of Oregon quite well. Exhibits detail the history nicely. Highly recommend a visit.

Thank t s
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped by after visiting the PAM and enjoyed the visit. The JFK exhibit is a must see for those not around during that generation.

Thank Bill Y
Silverdale, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum covers three floors, but there was nothing on display on the second floor when I visited. Most history, from American Indians all the way through the 1950s, is covered. There are also two small theaters, each showing a different short film that is worth seeing. The basement level has newspaper clippings and paintings from local artists. Nice museum... More 

1 Thank AF_Hiker
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit to the Oregon Historical Society Museum. This was a first time visit for us to Portland and we feel like we learned a lot visiting the museum!

1 Thank robinduboisflorida
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4 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

I actually visited the Oregon Historical Society Museum at a wedding. I didn't even know this place was there and I was intrigued by this intimate, interesting little museum. Definitely want to visit the Museum by day, and highly recommend it if you're looking for a nice party venue!

Thank Lisa E
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Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

If you can't be outside this may be a good alternative. I get bored easily so this was a bit slow for me. There were 2 short films but even they didn't really impress me. Some of the lights were out over some exhibits making it very hard to see what was there. A lot of reading and not much... More 

Thank Jill T
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

While the admission of $11 for adults might seem a bit much for a 1-2 hour stay, there is a lot to do for families with children. Most of the major exhibit on the history of Oregon (and it is EXTREMELY well done!) is on the 3rd floor (you work way down through the museum). The rest of the museum... More 

1 Thank mattruane

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