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“Great place to begin a visit to Portland.”

Oregon Historical Society Museum
Ranked #20 of 453 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: View the 1845 covered wagon on display as well as the Native American Basketry collection.
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Nice, concise museum that provides the history of Portland from the Native Americans forward. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed October 2, 2013

The Historical Society has put together a little gem of a museum. A permanent exhibit on Oregon's History plus two interesting roving exhibits (Presidential Memorabilia and the Japanese American during WW 2) made our visit very enjoyable. The OHS is across the street from the Art Museum.

Thank DavidHemlock
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

A rainy day sent us in search of an indoor activity, and this turned out to be an excellent choice. The Oregon history exhibit on the top floor is really interesting -- The 9,000-year-old sandals are pretty amazing! -- although I would have liked to see a little bit more info on the more recent decades that really changed the state and Portland.

Thank thirdsunrise
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Ended up here when we found the Art Museum shut on Mondays - but very glad we did. it is situated across the block. This museum is a gem - beautifully displayed and interpreted, it tells the history of Oregon's colonisation from the earliest settlers to the present day. It has a fascinating and varied collection of artefacts and also had a section on present day Portland, looking at some of the social issues the town faces, particularly the plight of homeless youngsters - who are everywhere on the streets. It was refreshing to see local history tackled in such a frank and open manner and added much to our understanding of the area.
While we were there, they had a special exhibition of Presidential memorabilia from the private collection of the Society's founder. An eclectic mix of the trivial and the priceless - and the poignant. It is not often you get to see bloodstained scraps of clothing from TWO assassinated presidents - Lincoln and Kennedy. The museum had the great quality of making you THINK - about America's past and its future. Riveting stuff. Go visit.

Thank liz_croft
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Starts out with an amazing exhibit of American presidential memorabilia. Really neat stuff-- documents and artifacts week displayed and explained. The rest of the museum is a lot of fun and very well done. The gift shop is great too! Don't come to Portland without checking this out!

Thank Drea M
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