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
email

 

 


News and Events:

Beyond Legacy BanquetAnnual Banquet
Benefit for Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 5pm
at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St, Portland
Cost: $125 per person

Join us in celebrating 25 years of Oregon Nikkei Endowment and honoring the interviewees of the Minidoka Oral History Project. To Register, or learn more about this fundraiser, please visit our activities page. If you would like to volunteer or donate to the silent auction or wine pull, please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment:

Phone: 503-224-1458
email
 

Museum DaySmithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!
Saturday, September 27, 2014
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

This year marks the 10th annual Museum Day Live!, an event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is a participating museum. Free admission to the museum during exhibit hours (11am-3pm) with the Museum Day Live! ticket. To get your ticket or to learn more about Museum Day Live!, go to www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.
 

matsutakeMatsutake Hunt
October 11-12, 2014
Overnight option: $50
Daytrip option (Saturday or Sunday only): $25
For current and new Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment only

Join us on a field trip to hunt and gather matsutake mushrooms on Mt. Hood. This outing is especially designed for novices and is only open to Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, which is presented in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.

You may register online or mail in the matsutake registration form. Visit our our activities page to learn more about this event.
 

Exhibit
Art Behind Barbed Wire: A Pacific Northwest Exploration of Japanese American Arts and Crafts Created in World War II Incarceration Camps
July 12 – October 19, 2014

Art Behind Barbed WireArt Behind Barbed Wire is a travelling exhibition from the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington's Northwest Nikkei Museum, featuring arts and crafts from the Pacific Northwest community created by Japanese Americans in World War II incarceration camps. Largely made from scrap and found materials, objects such as carved wooden bird pins, shell brooches, dolls, inlaid furniture, and paintings are a testament to the spirit, strength, and creativity of Japanese Americans who created beauty in the harshest of physical and human conditions. The voices and humanity of those unjustly deprived of their civil liberties are remembered through their art created behind barbed wire.

First Thursday
Thursday, October 2, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

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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Last updated:
September 17, 2014


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