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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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New Displays and Lots to See

We visited on a Wednesday in April 2015. The displays were new and fresh. We enjoyed "Powering Oregon" about the history of long-distance transmission of electricity. We also... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Salem, Oregon
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Salem, Oregon
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67 reviews 67 reviews
48 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We visited on a Wednesday in April 2015. The displays were new and fresh. We enjoyed "Powering Oregon" about the history of long-distance transmission of electricity. We also liked Oregon: 150 Years of Statehood; 150 Million Years in the Making about the geology of Oregon's landscape and Oregon My Oregon which features the most important pieces from the Society's collection... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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39 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

This museum has the most incredibly beautiful and comprehensive collections of American Indian artifacts that we have ever seen. Located in the gorgeous and quaint Park Blocks area, it is smack-dab in the midst of the cultural center of the city.

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teachertravlr
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The museum is a perfect visit for a rainy day. The museum gives the entire history of the Portland area...which is so different from other Western states. Good stuff about the pioneers, the Indians, and the evolution of Portland.

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ogden
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The layout and information for each display. Things were spread out enough to read, study, enjoy and discuss with disturbing or being disturbed by other guests

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sparks nv
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This place was well done and I wish we could have spent more time there. We only had time to visit the 2nd floor. It was an overview of Oregon History, trappers, Lewis and Clark, logging, etc. The displays were great. You could walk through quickly or probably spend several hours reading and examining each item. It gave us a... More 

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Huntington Woods, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've visited quite a few state historical museums and would give this one an acceptable rating though not one of the best ever. I spent around three hours there. The main section traced the history of Oregon with an emphasis upon the earlier period, a plus to my mind because I often find recent exhibits to be of less interest... More 

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San Diego, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Had a lot of interesting stuff from Oregons past and its something to do when it's raining. Had fun.

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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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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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88 reviews 88 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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