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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 #28 of 262 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Cultural
Owner description: View the 1845 covered wagon on display as well as the Native American Basketry collection.
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Type: History Museums, Cultural
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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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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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 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
124 helpful votes 124 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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364 attraction reviews
320 helpful votes 320 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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Kansas City, Missouri
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

There was a very good exhibit on the wineries in Oregon and the growth. The day we were there they also had a free speaker that was one of the original winery owners. For an extra cost you could also taste wine. The exhibit on Lincoln was my husband's favorite.

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Vancouver, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I was immediately taken by the logical yet artistic layout of the Oregon My Oregon exhibit at the small, attractive Oregon History Society Museum. I could easily view, read and understand the exhibits starting with the Native American section, passing through the contributions of the Hudson Bay Company by way of a simulated below decks fur trading ship, and the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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93 reviews 93 reviews
16 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

The permanent exhibit on the upper floor was interesting, and gave some good insight into Oregon. The special exhibits left me flat - I simply didn't find them terribly compelling. For me, the history museum is OK if I'm in the area anyway, but I probably wouldn't make a special trip downtown to visit again.

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