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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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A First Class Institution

The superior quality of the exhibits amaze me every time I go to the Oregon Historical Society. This is a first class institution, to be sure. The exhibits are so professionally... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The superior quality of the exhibits amaze me every time I go to the Oregon Historical Society. This is a first class institution, to be sure. The exhibits are so professionally mounted and so thought provoking. After each time I have been there, I have found myself saying to Portland friends, "You should go see that!" For out-of-town visitors, it... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Our visit started off on a slightly sour note as the gentleman working the check in desk barely offered any words or information on the museum other than a few grunts and an almost threat to visibly wear the admission sticker. Oddly, the main floor of the museum is the 2nd floor which does lead to some confusion. It houses... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

What a great venue to learn the history of the pacific Northwest. There is a WWII exhibit on now that if you are into history is very well done

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Outstanding display on WWII. Also great display on black township and risk of earthquake. While they had some decent displays on portland history - i think this could be improved. The WWII display was worth the trip alone

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Beaverton, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A lot of really neat things from WWII, recordings, uniforms the enigma machine, some guns, posters. It was really neat.

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Houston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I love to visit museums when I travel to gain insight into the area. This was a great museum. Small, but very affordable and had interactive descriptive displays that did not hide or sugarcoat the history. Make sure to visit the bottom floor/basement for the black history section.

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Montecito, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

What a great museum! The two feature exhibits were WWII and the history of African Americans in Portland. The WWII memorabilia collection from the Marks family was unbelievable! Roosevelt's lap blanket, McArthur's cane, Eisenhower's jacket, Patton's hand gun, cease fire orders, uniforms, etc. The African American exhibits were very informative and interesting.

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Spokane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The museum staff were friendly. It was a little small but gave a nice compact history of the local area. The location is central, near the tram. I was incredibly happy to find a clean restroom with plenty of stalls (uncommon).

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Good history museum with a series of interactive displays. Key memorable ones were the WWII exhibit, a history of Black Portland, and an overview of the Native and pioneer settlements in and around Oregon. Very well-kept and educational

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Thoughtful and thorough exhibits on Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. I have learned a great deal by viewing the exhibits at OHS over the past several years. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable and they put a great deal of work into each exhibit.

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