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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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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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Great museum for Oregon and local history

This is a wonderful museum with the focus on the history of the state as well as Portland. The main focus is on the early native Americans, the fur trade, and the Oregon trail... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
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Sacramento, CA
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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The Oregon Historical Society museum is one of the finest historical museums I have ever visited in my 40 years of worldwide travel. The many eye-popping displays are beautifully arranged with insightful explanations and descriptions. There was an excellent new exhibit on the struggles of African Americans to achieve equality and justice, focusing primarily on events & issues in the... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Just walked out the door a few minutes ago. Place was mostly Portland history. Bottom floor was about Black segregation and was a great exhibit. Second floor was all about modern Portland, full of environmental activism stuff and not really historical. Finally the third floor touched on Oregon's real history, but it felt a bit outdated. A decent place to... More 

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Sacramento, CA
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87 reviews 87 reviews
25 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is a wonderful museum with the focus on the history of the state as well as Portland. The main focus is on the early native Americans, the fur trade, and the Oregon trail, but they are in the process of putting up a display about African Americans in the community which, from what I could see, looks promising. There... More 

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Cheney, Wa
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203 reviews 203 reviews
18 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Decent place to visit. You'll want to leave your tweens and little ones home, though. A lot of fascinating history, but there is much reading involved, so younger attention spans can't enjoy it like adults do. It's really more of a 3 1/2 star place, but that voting option is not available. Nice volunteers in there, and pretty easy to... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I went with friends and we spent about 2 hours in there, but could have easily spent more time looking at all the exhibits. It was really a decent sized museum.

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Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
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87 reviews 87 reviews
62 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

This is a great museum offering great insight on the early pioneering days of Oregon. From the Huge Covered Wagons of the Oregon Trail to the Native Americans of the NorthWest. The displays are detail oriented. You will most surely learn a great deal about the early days of the Northwest. The museum has a great deal to offer and... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This is perhaps one of most understated museums in Portland! We went on a whim to tie in with a trip to the Farmer's Market. Entrance is free to Multnomah County residents, but the entrance fee would be worth it! The two permanent exhibits are very set out, have something for the whole family, and evocative of Oregon history -... More 

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Switzerland, Fla.
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157 reviews 157 reviews
28 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

On a recent 10 day drive around northern Oregon (we're from Florida) we enjoyed visiting parks, wineries, waterfalls, Mt. Hood, pear and apple orchards, etc... and decided to visit some educational spots on the first cloudy, windy day of our trip. This History Museum is downtown, across from the Modern Art Museum. There are four floors. We started on the... More 

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Leesburg, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

If you are interested on history this is the place to go. Well organized and easy to view. Has a short narrative video that is interesting.

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Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed a few hours seeing the sights of the museum. There was a great Lincoln exhibit that was being shown. A very nice place in the center of town.

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