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Oregon Historical Society

Address: 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97201 (Downtown)
Phone Number: 503-222-1741
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Ranked #26 of 278 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: View the 1845 covered wagon on display as well as the Native American Basketry collection.
Attraction details
Type: History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: View the 1845 covered wagon on display as well as the Native American Basketry collection.

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Sacramento, CA
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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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182 reviews 182 reviews
15 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

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
25 helpful votes 25 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
125 helpful votes 125 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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Tadley, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
7 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The highlight of this museum is the Oregon My Oregon exhibition on the third floor. An exceptionally well laid out exhibit and easy to follow timeline. It would have received an excellent rating but the museum is not large and there is entrance fee. However if in Portland it is well worth a visit and anyone interested in Abraham Lincoln... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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822 reviews 822 reviews
412 attraction reviews
332 helpful votes 332 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Discover the rebels who created Portland and the ones who uphold it's rebellious nature. They've always been a little different here, maybe because they had to work so hard to create this town and keep it honest.

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