Oregon History Museum
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205
Explore Oregon’s history at the Oregon History Museum at the Oregon Historical Society, located on the South Park Blocks in downtown Portland. The museum is home to many fascinating exhibits, including two permanent Oregon history exhibits. Oregon My Oregon is an award-winning exhibit that tells Oregon’s story from the region’s earliest inhabitants, to the arrival of Europeans, through the Oregon Trail, and onward to early settlements and industries. Visitors can view ancient artifacts including a pair of 9,000 year old sagebrush sandals that predate the pyramids of Egypt, and the real furniture and china carried on Captain Gray’s ship, the Columbia Rediviva. The museum’s newest exhibit, Oregon Voices (opening June 2012), combines the technology of today with stories from the past. This interactive exhibit gives visitors a chance to explore the issues and events that shaped Oregon from 1950 forward. Throughout the exhibit, interactive touch screens allow visitors to design their own museum experience, exploring films, photographs, recordings, and digital documents from the Society’s vast collections.
The Oregon Historical Society also hosts a world-class research library, which includes 2.5 million photographs, 25,000 maps, 35,000 books, a film archive of 15,000 titles, and more than 2,000 oral histories that tell Oregon's rich history.
Oregon Historical Society