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Oregon Historical Society Museum

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Address: 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205-2483
Phone Number: (503) 222-1741
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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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Great exhibits and hands on.

We chose to visit the Oregon Historical Society to view the World War 2 traveling exhibit. It had actual uniforms of several American military leaders.There were actual documents... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We chose to visit the Oregon Historical Society to view the World War 2 traveling exhibit. It had actual uniforms of several American military leaders.There were actual documents, and so many more fabulous items to see. There were a lot of local items as well. They had focused on the incarceration of the local Japanese people during WW2 and it... More 

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Aurora
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

One floor is a permanent exhibit of Oregon's history, and is well done. (A visit takes an hour.) The other floor has rotating exhibits, the quality and relevance of which vary. Nice building. Best for history junkies and school groups.

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Thank Film G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have been to this museum both with my family and with school groups. Every time our visit has been worthwhile. I would recommend it for grade school on up. Be aware that there are no indoor places to eat sack lunches, not that I saw. When we went in fall with teens, eating outdoors was an option. Also be... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great for history lovers! The comic book installation was also great as well as interactive. My group enjoyed our time here.

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Mittagong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

just across the road from the art museum interesting if you take the time to listen to the talk sas you enter each part

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Learning more about the diversity of Oregon is a key to an enhanced experience when visiting Portland. While the city is its most urban place, the range of geography and history of other parts is smartly represented by the museum's permanent exhibitions. Changing shows highlight native Americans, how ethnic groups have impacted Portland and the entire state. Gift shop offers... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even if your not staying in oregon City it's worth making the trip there just for this museum if your into the history of the region.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful museum with a tremendous about of historical displays, movies, and more. Start UPSTAIRS and work your way down two more floors. You could easily spend two hours here unless you simply rush through and miss most of it. My second time here and I saw things I missed before.

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Portland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is free only if your county is multnomah. but if your tourist there's a fee i just don't know how much. but wow great history of oregon my kids love it and i did too.

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Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great location for learning about Oregon history. The school tours need to be booked in advance, but they are free to teachers and students if their schools are within the boundaries covered by a grant given to the museum. If the tour was not free, I could not afford to take my students. I take my elem.... More 

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