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Oregon Historical Society

1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97201 (Downtown)
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Ranked #33 of 310 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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Houston, Texas
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86 reviews 86 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW 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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Palm Bay, Florida
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71 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

There is an interesting chronological display of Oregon history that contains a lot of historical artifacts. The video on mapping and charging was particularly interesting. Parking in the area is a problem. There is a reasonable charge for admission.

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Portland, Oregon
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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176 reviews 176 reviews
45 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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83 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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
14 reviews 14 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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215 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 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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