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 upcoming exhibit:

Yosegaki Hinomaru

Yosegaki Hinomaru:
Souvenir, Heirloom or Art?

July 25 — September 27, 2015

Every day across America, from deep within our family closets and attics, we discover artifacts from World War II such as old uniforms, photographs, and letters. The most beautiful and mysterious of these discoveries are 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.
 


Upcoming at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

First Thursday
July 2, 4-7pm
Free and open to the public

Yosegaki Hinomaru Exhibit Preview for Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Thursday, July 23, 2015, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
RSVP by July 21st

Exhibit Opening
Yosegaki Hinomaru
Open to the public July 25, 2015

Read more about upcoming events on our activities page.

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Upcoming Exhibit

Yosegaki Hinomaru
July 25 - September 27, 2015

Yosegaki Hinomaru

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