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Oregon Historical Society

1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97201 (Downtown)
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Ranked #31 of 309 attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Description: View the 1845 covered wagon on display as well as the Native American Basketry collection.
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Portland, Oregon
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

So cool to see things from our historical past. I had no idea how neatly they write with pen and ink. They all took calligraphy classes, I think. A man as large as President Lincoln sure wrote with a small delicate pen. At some time I will have to go upstairs and do some family research.

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Victoria BC
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78 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We stopped at the Oregon Historical Society Museum on our latest visit to downtown Portland. The first exhibit we did was the Lincoln exhibit. This exhibition features an extensive amount of information on Abraham Lincoln and his connections to Oregon. Some of the stuff on display include a replica of the gun Booth shot Lincoln with (I have seen the... More

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york, pa
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174 reviews 174 reviews
44 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Does a great job of laying out Oregon's history from Indians to present day with exhibits, films and narratives. Both my husband and I were impressed, and he's not a big fan of museums. We were there about 1 1/2 hours and only saw the exhibits directly pertaining to Oregon's history, so skipped the Lincoln exhibit. We were there as... More

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Bury St Edmunds
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

The museum delivers its wide range of information through a good balance of artefacts and panels with just enough interactive bits. They cover the physical part back to the formation of the state and use this to explain the current land use profiles well. The Native American history is detailed with the astonishing and appalling details of the loss of... More

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Greer, South Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My wife and I ended up at the museum since it was raining. It was laid out very nicely. It gave us a great historical perspective on the history of Oregon. They also had a nice exhibit on Abraham Lincoln.

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Piscataway, New Jersey
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121 reviews 121 reviews
70 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We spent about 3 hours (we really took over time at each exhibit and watched almost all the videos). I would recommend allowing at least 2 hours to see everything. We felt like we learned a lot. I was really looking forward to learning more about the Oregon trail, and it was interesting, but I was actually way more fascinated... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This was an awesome museum. The Lincoln exhibit was amazing! Actual artifacts used and signed by Lincoln. Great pieces of history and alot of facts that i never knew! The staff was amazing and so helpful that i chose to become a member of the Oregon Historical Society. I will continue to return and enjoy all of the historical facts... More

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new york
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606 reviews 606 reviews
213 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Good films. Good shop. Close to psu farmer market. Not crowded. Senior admission for age 60 and up. Not 65 like the light rail.

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Brisbane, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

What a tremendous museum. Very informative and easy to follow. Easily could have spent three hours following the History of Oregon but ran out of time. Nevertheless the hour and a half that we did have was provided a good overview and information.

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Los Angeles, California
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367 reviews 367 reviews
84 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The Skinny- Parking: metered street Cost: $11 pp Restrooms: on every level Time: 2-2.5 hrs (3 floors) Gift shop: okay Best part: Abe Lincoln exhibit Despite getting here right when it opened, there was already a horde of school children at the Oregon display. So we went a little backwards and did the floors out of order. I liked the... More

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