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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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Located in the historic area of downtown Portland, this is a very worthwhile stop on your exploration of Oregon. There is a nice, though little gift shop, but the museum itself... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Located in the historic area of downtown Portland, this is a very worthwhile stop on your exploration of Oregon. There is a nice, though little gift shop, but the museum itself has many interesting exhibits about the history of Oregon. My favorite was a permanent exhibition that tells the story of Oregon's development from its earliest settlers through the Oregon... More 

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Monroe Twp., NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

My husband and I are from the east coast and aren't familiar with Oregon history. Oregon, My Oregon provided excellent exhibits , starting with native American and ending with present. Short movies are provided along the way. An AAA discount is offered, but you have to ask. There is no food available in the building.

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Salem, Oregon
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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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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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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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