Japanese American museum and programs, based in Portland, Oregon.Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Japanese American History Museum
A project of Oregon Nikkei Endowment

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

Exhibit 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



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Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center activities and resources are designed to collect and preserve and share the Nikkei history with a broad range of audiences.

To learn more about scheduling a group tour to the Legacy Center, or arranging for a speaker to visit your school or organization, please visit our Education page or contact us:

Phone: 503-224-1458


nihonmachiMuseum in a Suitcase
Developed by the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, with assistance from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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 and are available to your classroom:

  • Early Japanese Immigration to Oregon and the Seeds of Racial Intolerance

  • Creating Communities – Life in Nihonmachi (Portland’s Japantown) and Racial Intolerance

  • Internment Story – World War II, Executive Order 9066, Evacuation Process, Portland Assembly Center, Transfer to Concentration Camps, Life in Camp, U.S. Military, End of the War, Resettlement Process, and Redress

To schedule a speaker and make arrangements on topics that you would like presented to your classroom, contact the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center:

Phone: 503-224-1458

Japantown PDXJapantown PDX
iPhone Walking Tour of Historic Old Town

Explore Portland Oregon's historic Japantown with this user-friendly walking tour. The city's vibrant pre-WWII Japanese American community is archived in over 125 photographs and audio clips. Watch historic Japantown street life reappears in "then and now" photographic dissolves.

Japantown PDX documents the vitality of the once-thriving Nihonmachi as well as its sudden disappearance in the spring of 1942. In addition to telling Portland's Japantown story, this app explores the diverse Old Town neighborhood's African American, Chinese, and LGBT roots.

Japantown PDX was designed by history educator Peter Pappas and his students at the University of Portland and is powered by GammaPoint's App4Tour.com app builder platform. Archival content provided by Oregon Nikkei Endowment. Open the iPhone App Store and search for "Japantown" or visit the Apple iTunes store to download.

Minidoka oral history interviewVisual History Collection
As part of the Minidoka Oral History Project, over 50 recorded video interviews that make up Oregon Nikkei Endowment's growing Visual History Collection can now be accessed online through the Densho Digital Archive.

The Minidoka Oral History Project helps preserve and pass along the story of the Nikkei in the Pacific Northwest for current and future generations to come. Collected since 2003, each interview captures the life story of our Issei, Shin-Issei, Nisei, Kibei and Caucasian narrators.

This work is made possible thanks to a Japanese American Confinement Sites grant from the National Park Service. Additional funding has been provided by the Oregon Heritage Commission, Meyer Memorial Trust, Jackson Foundation, and generous donations from friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment.


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Capturing a Generation through the Eye of a Lens
February 1 June 15, 2014


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