Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Japanese American History Museum
A project of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

121 NW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR  97209
(503) 224-1458

Museum hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

$5 admission,
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Sharing and preserving Japanese American history and culture in Portland's Old Town neighborhood, where Japantown once thrived.

Japanese American history museum

Group tours of the museum and/or the Japanese American Historical Plaza, speaking engagements for classrooms or other community groups, and research appointments at the Legacy Center are available. Learn more on our Education and Resources and Services page.

To schedule or for more information:

Phone: 503-224-1458




The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center will be closed on Saturday, April 23, for the Min Yasui Symposium. We apologize for any inconvenience.

News and Events:

Minoru YasuiInspiring Action and Igniting Justice
Symposium honoring the life and legacy of Minoru Yasui
World Trade Center Portland (Building Two, 25 SW Salmon Street)
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Cost: $40 General, $35 Teachers, $30 Students/Seniors(62+)

Minoru Yasui's life proves that one person can make a difference. The purpose of this symposium is to inspire action and ignite justice. Opportunities and implications will be explored and shared with the intention that attendees see what they can do to make this world a better place.

The keynote address will be presented by Karen K. Narasaki, an independent civil and human rights consultant and appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Morning and afternoon session options include Education: Roots to Results, featuring four Oregon educators who address civil rights and social action in their work with students, colleagues, and community; Cross Cultural Activism, where panelists will discuss racial and religious profiling and the importance of standing in solidarity with other groups targeted by discriminatory policies; and Law and Social Change, featuring a panel discussion and a presentation by Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto, first Asian American on the Oregon Supreme Court.

Visit our activities page to learn more about the symposium schedule and session information.

Current Exhibit
Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps during World War II
Open to the public through June 19, 2016

First Thursday – May 5, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Uprooted features a selection of images from federal photographer Russell Lee's documentation of Japanese American farm labor camps near the towns of Nyssa, Oregon, and Rupert, Shelley, and Twin Falls in Idaho. Visit our exhibits page to learn more.

Evacuation notice
Museum in a Suitcase

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center has developed a teaching aid for use in classroom presentations called Museum in a Suitcase. Our speakers will share the Japanese American experience in Oregon with your students by bringing exhibits (visual images and artifacts) in a suitcase to your classroom. The exhibits cover the following topics: immigration, life in Portland's Japantown, and the internment story. For more information, contact Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center at 503-224-1458.



Tour our permanent exhibit:

Oregon Nikkei:
Reflections of an American Community


To get involved in these activities, please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment:

Phone: 503-224-1458

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Current Exhibit

Japanese American Farm Labor Camps during World War II

February 11 - June 19, 2016


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Last updated:
April 22, 2016

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