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Oregon Historical Society

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Address: 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97201
Phone Number: 503-222-1741
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: 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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I have visited this museum for years. In the past few years the effort placed in making each visit different really paid off. It is like going to a different museum each time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I have visited this museum for years. In the past few years the effort placed in making each visit different really paid off. It is like going to a different museum each time. Much thought is placed concerning the exhibits. We had a great time.

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Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If you have a few hours and want to learn some history of your own home state and a special historical event visiting the center this is the place to go. Take your children to learn something, get them off the cell phone and computer games and learn something special!

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The permanent exhibits are complimented by outstanding temporary exhibits--the WWII exhibit on now is fabulous. The research library is top-notch. And don't miss the "Portland Penny", flipped in 1845 to determine the name of the city--Boston lost.

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Norfolk, VA
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We spent two hours viewing the exhibits, and easily could have spent more if we had the time. There is a wonderful WWII exhibit right now, and one on the beginnings of the Unitarian Church. The fee was modest, and AAA and senior discounts were available.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Very little for kids to enjoy. I would like to go back sans kids and do some reading, which there is a lot of.

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Portland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Just across from the Art Museum, this little gem always puts together very interesting and interactive shows. I always go for events when Im invited and despite the fact that it is not a large place, their make good use of the space. Certainly worth a visit if they are showing a topic of your interest.

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Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Artifacts and manuscripts from the premier Mark Family Collection illustrate this massive conflict, from the battlefields in North Africa to the home fronts in America. Letters, historic documents, and military uniforms provide a sense of place and give visitors a lens into the many events of World War II. On exhibit through December 7, 2015.

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British Columbia
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158 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We were lucky to benefit from the Nike sponsored free day due to the exhibit of the Heisman Trophy in the lobby. The historical displays are nicely done, a bit old school in design and lack of engaging technology. However, the collections are nice and it tells the story of the state in an interesting way. The gift shop is... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This museum is in the downtown Park blocks near the art museum. It's a great museum and free if you live in Multnomah County - you'll need to show your license or some proof of residence. It's a little pricey if you don't live in the county, but it's still a fun way to spend a couple hours and learn... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Excellent presentation of Oregon's and PNW History. Also fine selection of temporary exhibits that are available from time to time.

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Additional Information about Oregon Historical Society

Address: Address: 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97201
Phone Number: 503-222-1741
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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