Created in 1898, this fascinating Museum should probably be your first stop in Oregon before you go visiting the rest of the state. it does a wonderful job of conveying the state's identity to you. There are over 85,000 artefacts here, the most famous of which includes the Portland Penny, which was used to decide the city's name; Captain Robert gray storage chest comma add 10000 year old sandal; presidential memorabilia; artefacts from the Lewis and Clark Centennial exposition; and even everyday items. The main exhibit is the Oregon my Oregon display which covers nearly the entirety of Oregon history from the earliest settlements the current times. The museum also functions as a historic research library and has an extensive historic photograph collection. Occasionally special temporary exhibits are also hosted. Information about these can be found on the Museum website.
Oregon Historical Society Museum Travel Tips
- Check out to the museum store.
- Check the Museum website in case it is closed for bad weather.
Entrance Ticket Details For Oregon Historical Society Museum
- Students and Seniors (60+) (with ID) $9
- Youth (6 – 18) $5
- Free for five and under
Oregon Historical Society Museum Hours
- Tuesdays: 1pm – 5pm
- Wednesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
How to Reach Oregon Historical Society Museum
- Portland Streetcars A-Loop and NS-Line, stop Art Museum
- Buses 6, 38, 45, 55, 58, 68, 92, 96 stop SW Jefferson & Broadway
- Buses 8, 9, 10, 14, 17, 43, 66 stop SW 6th & Main
Stop City Hall/SW 5th & Jefferson MAX Station
- MAX Green Line, Orangne Line
- Bus 291
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9.67% of people who visit Portland include Oregon Historical Society Museum in their plan
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People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Oregon Historical Society Museum
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Oregon Historical Society Museum Reviews & Ratings
Attended the Beatles 50th anniversary show and was amazed and awed. I had not visited the Society before, and this was a total treat. The space is inviting, the staff very friendly and the price was right, a FREE day! The highlights of the Beatles' exhibit was the sing-along booth to Yellow Submarine, and the virtual drum lesson given by Ringo. As a long-time bass player, Paul was my idol, and it was so incredible to see a couple of his basses on display. An incredibly informative and fascinating exhibit. I will definitely return.
This was not a very large museum, but a very educational and interesting place to visit to learn about Oregon and it's history from various times. There were a good number of well displayed exhibits with lots of great facts and information to immerse yourself in this great State's history. We were lucky and arrived on a Saturday Family day, so the entry was free. It is always nice to visit someplace for free, but if you don't make it on such a day, they do offer a number of discounts including a AAA discount if you have your card. Start from the 3rd floor and work your way down. The 3rd. floor is where you will find most of the historical stuff. Lots of well preserved artifacts from time past and great information behind them to really educate yourself with. The second floor which is their main entrance area contains special exhibits. At the time we visited, there was a beer, Beatles, and a historical exhibit from a local high school I think. The Beatles exhibit was fun with lots of memorabilia from the bands heydays. The beer exhibit had a few interesting things, but was in such a large space seemed to make it look very small and lacking something. The first floor or what seemed like a basement depending on the side of the building it was on, contained art and photos as well as an interactive area for children. This was nice visit and was glad we went.
Wow! This place is super nice and clean. The exhibits are well thought out. 3 floors of exhibits and 1 floor for research. Small gift store but they carry a lot of different items. Wonderful ladies selling tickets and trinkets.
Small exhibit celebrating 150 year history of Lincoln HS. Pictures and memorabilia. This exhibit illustrates the indelible links forged between the Portland community and its educational institutions. Whether you graduated from Lincoln High or another institution, the exhibit will engage visitors with its exploration of education through Portland’s history. Exhibit ends June 30 2019, so don't miss it.
Great place to spend an hour or so. A little too heavy on the victimization and marginalization BS. In the grand scheme of history, nobody will care if your feelings were hurt. I think they should really accentuate the Lewis and Clark expedition. I’ve been to museums in Pittsburgh and Charlottesville that did a better job.