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

Japanese American history museum

Location

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
121 NW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97209

Located in Portland's Old Town neighborhood, between Couch and Davis Streets. One block from the Old Town/Chinatown light rail stop.
 

Japanese American Historical Plaza
NW Couch Street & Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97209
 

Directions

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

Museum Admission:
$5 adults, $3 seniors (62+)/students, children under 12 free,
free for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment
 

Guided tours of the museum and plaza, speaking engagements, and research appointments are available. Please visit our Resources & Services page to learn more.
 

Wheelchair access to the museum is available through the Merchant Hotel courtyard. To schedule or for more information, please contact us:

Phone: 503-224-1458
email
 

Nikkei: Japanese emigrants and their descendants.

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is located in the Merchant Hotel building built 1880-1885, and is of historical interest, being located in the oldest part of Portland in the heart of what was once Portland's Japantown (Nihonmachi) until World War II. The building housed a laundry, bathhouse and barbershop run by Japanese families in the early years.
 

Currently showing:

Oregon Nikkei: Reflections of an American Community

Hayashi greenhouse, museum exhibit
The Hayashi family greenhouse, courtesy of Toshiko Hayashi.
 

Tour our permanent exhibit Reflections of an American Community
 

with:

Captain Hardy and the Black Ship Scroll

October 15, 2016 —January 15, 2017

The Black Ship Scroll in the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's museum collections is one of only a handful of existing scrolls in the world which depicts the first Perry Expedition to Japan in 1853. Captain Hardy and the Black Ship Scroll shares how Commodore Perry's diplomatic mission opened this long-secluded country to the outside world. It also tells the story of the owner of the scroll, Captain William H. Hardy, a Portland resident who was celebrated nationally as the last surviving member of the expedition. Less than two years before his death, Hardy returned to Japan in 1917 on an eight-month goodwill tour accompanied by members of the Nikkei community from Portland.
 


Upcoming at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Omiyage Reception for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Friday, November 11, 3-7pm
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First Thursday
Captain Hardy and the Black Ship Scroll
December 1, 3:30-6:30pm, free and open to the public

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Captain Hardy and the Black Ship Scroll
October 15, 2016
January 15, 2017

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