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



News and Events:

Current Exhibit
Yosegaki Hinomaru:
Souvenir, Heirloom or Art?
Open through September 27, 2015

Every day across America, from deep within our family closets and attics, we discover artifacts from World War II, such as small Japanese flags inscribed with family names. What is this? Who made it and why? How did they get to America? This exhibition explores a time seventy years ago when families sent their sons off to war carrying personal items, and neither the son nor the property returned.

First Thursday – Thursday, September 3, 4-7pm
Free and open to the public

Museum Day Live!Museum Day Live!
Saturday, September 26, 2015
at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

This September marks the 11th annual Museum Day Live!, an event hosted by Smithsonian magazine. On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission everyday, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center will offer free admission for two people during exhibit hours (11am-3pm) with the Museum Day Live! ticket. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2015 or to get your ticket, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.

Nihonmachi: The Place to Be
Special Performances in Portland
Monday, November 9, noon and 7pm
at Portland Center Stage, Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland
Tickets: Student Matinee: $10, Evening performance: $40 ($35 if purchased before 10/25/15)
Tickets go on sale September 1 at www.pcs.org

Nihonmachi: The Place to Be is a two-hour musical journey, originally performed in Los Angeles, that will transport audiences back in time to Nihonmachi (Japantown), the way it used to be before World War II. Oregon Nikkei Endowment and Portland Center Stage have partnered with Grateful Crane Ensemble to bring this production to the Gerding Theater. Visit our activities page for more information.

George Takei25th Anniversary of the Japanese American Historical Plaza
Celebratory Event and Cruise, with George Takei and Thomas Lauderdale
Sunday, August 2, 2015

Thank you for helping us celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Japanese American Historical Plaza and Bill of Rights Memorial! On Sunday, August 2, Oregon Nikkei Endowment honored all those who were instrumental in creating and maintaining the Japanese American Historical Plaza, with actor and activist George Takei as keynote speaker. Photos of the event may be purchased via Reflections Photography.

Photo Galleries (password for both galleries is "ONE")
Plaza and Cruise event photos: reflectionphotography.smugmug.com/Proofing/Events/ONE/51033510_GzXBTP

George Takei photos:

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.

Our holiday pop-up shop, Omiyage, has expanded to our museum gift shop! Celebrate the tradition of gift giving and choose from Asian-inspired gifts and crafts created by local artisans and designers, as well as books, cards, DVDs and other gifts. Omiyage also features exclusive cherry blossom jewelry designed by CME Jewelry.


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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Yosegaki Hinomaru
July 25 - September 27, 2015

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Last updated:
August 27, 2015

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