Oregon Historical Society
Oregon Historical Society
4.5
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Explore Oregon’s past at the Oregon Historical Society! Located on the historic South Park Blocks in downtown Portland, the Oregon Historical Society’s museum is open seven days a week and features original and traveling exhibitions that tell stories of the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon and American history. In February 2019, the Oregon Historical Society unveiled a brand permanent exhibit, Experience Oregon, that chronicles the state’s complex history through rare artifacts, hands-on interactives, and digital displays. The Society’s world-class research library is open Tuesday through Saturday and is the perfect place to research a historic home or find a long-lost pioneer relative. Don’t forget to stop by the museum store for a uniquely Oregon souvenir!
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  • EaglesFan27
    Reading, Pennsylvania647 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    History museum
    As an east coast person, I really enjoyed learning about the history of Oregon. The museum talks about the geography, the native peoples, followed by the more recent history of the state. The third-floor gallery was the best part, while the others were ok.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 7 May 2023
  • SMF-Collegeville
    Batesville, Indiana212 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum on Local Portland and Oregon History
    Great museum with a good mix of information and interactive exhibits to ensure that all can move at their own speed. Purposely provides a range of viewpoints and makes history feel more alive. Has an area that is specifically focused on exhibits for younger kids.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Princerman
    Otsego, Minnesota911 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Neat museum
    This was a neat little gem right near the farmers market. We were probably here a couple of hours. I am sure that more perspectives could be added but it was generally pretty good. I could see how a conservative person may not like this museum as much. A lot of stuff about how native Americans were hosed over time.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Michael V
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Intrigued with the Oregon Trail
    My husband and I traveled to Portland to visit family and the first day’s activity included a visit to the Historical Museum. I am a fiction writer and wanted to learn more about the historic Oregon Trail as part of my research. The displays featured a lot of maps, actual artifacts, and a recreated covered wagon set in a panoramic illustrated background. The gift shop had a lot of interesting books on the topic. Entry fee was reasonable. Seniors and students get a discount. We stayed a little over an hour but could have lingered longer. Highly recommend this museum.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 October 2023
  • John C
    Indianapolis, Indiana9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Exhibits
    Really great tour through Oregon history in the 3rd floor permanent exhibit! Well worth the very reasonable admission price. Great way to spend a rainy hour or two in Portland.
    Thank you for sharing your review! I am glad that you enjoyed the Experience Oregon exhibit; we appreciate your support and recommendation!
    Written 13 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 February 2024
  • cgc9
    New York City, New York11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent, make this your first stop!
    make this your first stop in portland. really well thoughtfully done. A lot of excellent content in three stories. under appreciated in my opinion. great gift shop. you should get your post cards here!
    Thank you for sharing your review! I am glad that you enjoyed the exhibits and gift shop; we appreciate your support and recommendation!
    Written 13 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 March 2024
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cgc9
New York City, NY11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
make this your first stop in portland. really well thoughtfully done. A lot of excellent content in three stories. under appreciated in my opinion. great gift shop. you should get your post cards here!
Written 9 March 2024
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Thank you for sharing your review! I am glad that you enjoyed the exhibits and gift shop; we appreciate your support and recommendation!
Written 13 March 2024
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Tim K
113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I needed to do something for the afternoon and found this on line, It was a great choice for me. I actually ran out of time and had to leave before finishing the exhibits on Oregon development form native areas and european immigration and their taking native lands to modern development in agriculture and timber and industry.
Written 13 February 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Hopefully, you will be able to come again soon to see the other exhibits. We appreciate your support and recommendation!
Written 13 March 2024
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John C
Indianapolis, IN9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Really great tour through Oregon history in the 3rd floor permanent exhibit! Well worth the very reasonable admission price. Great way to spend a rainy hour or two in Portland.
Written 11 February 2024
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Thank you for sharing your review! I am glad that you enjoyed the Experience Oregon exhibit; we appreciate your support and recommendation!
Written 13 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Inspire44638579153
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Comprehensive displays on Nineteenth century. Interested in Nez Perce and other indigenous peoples and found much of interest.
Written 6 November 2023
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Michael V
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
My husband and I traveled to Portland to visit family and the first day’s activity included a visit to the Historical Museum. I am a fiction writer and wanted to learn more about the historic Oregon Trail as part of my research. The displays featured a lot of maps, actual artifacts, and a recreated covered wagon set in a panoramic illustrated background. The gift shop had a lot of interesting books on the topic. Entry fee was reasonable. Seniors and students get a discount. We stayed a little over an hour but could have lingered longer. Highly recommend this museum.
Written 18 October 2023
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Wendy B
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023
Some of the exhibits are preachy to the point of insulting your intelligence, but the oral histories and pretty much the entire third floor kept my husband, teen, and I well-engaged for over an hour. (My middle school-age kids got bored quickly and sat in the foyer eating huckleberry salt water taffy from the gift shop). The price of admission is reasonable and much more economical than what some more frequented PDX haunts (over)charge, (looking at you, OMSI and Oregon Zoo!)

It's worth mentioning the bizarre encounter I had with an employee (or volunteer?) there. When I mentioned my hometown, she started trashing on what a terrible place it was because she witnessed someone doing drugs there. (I couldn't hold back from some dry-humored reply along the lines of, "Wow! Drugs, huh? You must be glad to be back in Portland, far away from that nonsense!") At any rate, it bears mention that poo-pooing a tourist's hometown while working at a museum probably isn't the most tasteful or professional behavior . . . Perhaps I just caught someone on an "off" day.
Written 17 October 2023
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minimize940314
Los Angeles, CA3,543 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
A great place to learn about the native people, first settler, how the city developed, and the present life. You will see a lot of exhibitions, and great place to learn about the history of the state.
Written 30 August 2023
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Princerman
Otsego, MN911 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This was a neat little gem right near the farmers market. We were probably here a couple of hours. I am sure that more perspectives could be added but it was generally pretty good. I could see how a conservative person may not like this museum as much. A lot of stuff about how native Americans were hosed over time.
Written 22 August 2023
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SMF-Collegeville
Batesville, IN212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Great museum with a good mix of information and interactive exhibits to ensure that all can move at their own speed. Purposely provides a range of viewpoints and makes history feel more alive. Has an area that is specifically focused on exhibits for younger kids.
Written 21 August 2023
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EaglesFan27
Reading, PA647 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
As an east coast person, I really enjoyed learning about the history of Oregon. The museum talks about the geography, the native peoples, followed by the more recent history of the state. The third-floor gallery was the best part, while the others were ok.
Written 7 May 2023
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