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


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


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

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


Legacy of an Enduring Spirit

October 17, 2015 — January 17, 2016

In this all new traveling exhibit, historic images shot in 1942 by War Relocation Authority staff photographers Dorothea Lange, Tom Parker, and others are juxtaposed with contemporary images of the same individuals taken by Sacramento Bee photojournalist Paul Kitagaki, Jr. Please join us for this visual exploration of the Japanese concept of gambatte, or to triumph over adversity, and discover the ways in which multiple generations of Japanese Americans persevered through their incarceration during World War II.

This exhibit is being brought to the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center thanks to the Tanforan Assembly Center Memorial Committee and the Contra Costa Japanese American Citizens League. Additional support has been provided by a grant from the US Department of the Interior, National Parks Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program.

Gambatte Gambatte


Upcoming at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Holiday Closure
The 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.

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

Read more about upcoming events on our activities page.

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Current Exhibit

Legacy of an Enduring Spirit

October 17, 2015 -
January 17, 2016


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The Legacy Center has a wealth of resources documenting Japanese American history and culture, housing original manuscripts, government documents and publications, as well as historical and contemporary artifacts and photographs.

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