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Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Closed Now: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Worth a stop: Important story to tell

We stopped in after lunch on a weekday -- they are open only until 3 p.m. Our senior admission rate... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ronald W
Columbus, GA
Fascinating Museum

This is a small but fascinating museum. It does an excellent job of explaining the treatment of... read more

Reviewed July 14, 2018
Rabat, Morocco
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Small museum which shares and preserves Japanese American history and culture in Portland's Old Town neighborhood, where Japantown once thrived. Group tours of the museum, speaking engagements for classrooms or other community groups, and research...more
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121 NW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3903
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We stopped in after lunch on a weekday -- they are open only until 3 p.m. Our senior admission rate was only $3. Telling the story of Portland's once-thriving Japantown, the exhibit includes some artifacts from Japanese-American businesses and a picture-and-text display about the WW...More

Thank Ronald W
Reviewed July 14, 2018

This is a small but fascinating museum. It does an excellent job of explaining the treatment of Japanese in America from the time of their arrival through to their incarceration during WW2 and what happened when they were released. It also has a very small...More

Thank Waitarere
Reviewed April 27, 2018

We were wandering through China town and came upon this small museum. It is well done depicting what Japanese Americans went thru during the war. Many people still do not realize there were internment camps. I really enjoyed the oral interviews and the slide show....More

Thank lovestotravel00
Reviewed August 14, 2017

If you are planning to visit the Saturday Market or Pine St. Food Hall, you should in lude this stop. The museum is small, but will enlighten all who know little of the Japanese American experience during WW II. There is a very modest fee...More

1  Thank roxanne3753
Reviewed March 14, 2017

This museum is small, but the exhibits are excellent - well presented and up to date. They focus on the Japanese community in the Portland area and in particular the internment camps of World War II. The staff was knowledgeable and helpful. There is a...More

Thank Barbara L
Reviewed November 19, 2016

Didn't know this place existed until I was wandering around Old Town Chinatown and saw it on a TriMet map. My guide Marlene gave a wonderful tour inside, complete with artifacts from the Minidoka camps. Also records the first JAs working on the railroads and...More

2  Thank H K
Reviewed November 6, 2016

We really enjoyed visiting this Center. We enjoyed the exhibits & learning a little more about the Japanese Americans from Portland area who were interned during WW II. The little gift shop was also very nice, with an interesting book selection as well.

2  Thank DuvallDesdemona
Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

This is a sad part of American history. Those whose families were affected must pass their stories on to future generations and the rest of us need to be educated so mistakes are not repeated. A small but functional museum for telling this piece of...More

1  Thank SunshineFL221
Reviewed May 16, 2016

First off, if it wasn't for TripAdvisor, we wouldn't even have known this museum existed. Tucked away in the downtown area, the focus is on Japanese Americans in the Portland area. The current main exhibit is about the relocation of Japanese from the Portland area...More

3  Thank Mary A
Reviewed February 27, 2016

You can learn how Nikkei people's lives were before. There were prosperity time and endurance and sad time. We shouldn't forget the history and pass down the story from generation to generation.

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