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 Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving. The museum will be open for regular exhibit hours on Friday, November 27, 2015.

News and Events:

Collections Up Close
Letters from Beyond the Fence
Collections Up CloseSunday, December 6, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Oregon Buddhist Temple, 3720 SE 34th Ave, Portland
Free and open to the public

Join us for a FREE presentation at the Oregon Buddhist Temple. Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center volunteers Taylor Ishida and Weston Nakamura-Koyama will share the moving stories they uncovered from correspondence written by and sent to two Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. Visit our activities page for more information.

Current Exhibit
Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit
Open to the public through January 17, 2016

First Thursday – December 3, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Through the use of historical and contemporary photographs, this visual exploration of gambatte, or triumph over adversity, demonstrates the ways in which generations of Japanese Americans persevered through their incarceration during World War II. Visit our exhibits page to learn more.

Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Open through December 24, 2015
Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 11am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, Noon-5pm; closed Monday/Tuesday
341 NW 5th Avenue, Portland

Shop and support Oregon Nikkei Endowment at our holiday pop-up shop, Omiyage! Celebrate the tradition of gift giving and choose from Asian inspired gifts and crafts created by local artisans, designers and authors. Omiyage will feature jewelry, fashion and home accessories, cards, origami ornaments, arts and crafts, Anime-inspired merchandise, books, and a selection of curated vintage items. We are excited to have been selected to participate in the Portland Business Alliance and Portland Development Commission's PDX Pop-Up Shop project. Visit our activities page for more information.

Osechi RyoriOsechi Ryori
Winter fundraiser for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Cost: $130 (or $100 if you provide your own jubako box)

Enjoy traditional Japanese New Year's food (as well as items from the Pacific Northwest) prepared by our Nikkei community cooks, displayed in a three-tiered box (jubako), while supporting the Oregon Nikkei Endowment!

The cost is $130 for the entire osechi ryori (or $100 if you provide your own jubako), $60 of which is tax-deductible. Order online here.

More details will be available very soon. Please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment to pre-order or if you are interested in volunteering:

Phone: 503-224-1458

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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Legacy of an Enduring Spirit

October 17, 2015 -
January 17, 2016


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Last updated:
November 20, 2015

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