Oregon Nikkei Endowment

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

Japanese American history museumOregon Nikkei Legacy Center Location:

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.


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

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

Group tours, speaking engagements, and research appointments are available. Please visit our Resources & Services page to learn more.

Wheelchair access 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 the exhibit "Reflections of an American Community"


Capturing a Generation through the Eye of a Lens:
The Photographs of Frank C. Hirahara, 1948-54

February 1 — June 15, 2014

ONLC 3200 ONLC 2838

Capturing a Generation through the Eye of a Lens is an extraordinary collection of post-war photographs taken of Portland's Nisei, or second generation Japanese Americans, providing a revealing glimpse into their community and lives. Between 1948 and 1954, Frank C. Hirahara, an avid amateur photographer who worked for Bonneville Power Administration, captured hundreds of photographs depicting community picnics, beach outings to the Oregon Coast, teen socials and dances, wedding receptions, and life in the heart of Portland's Japantown.

As an active member of the Portland Photographic Society and the Oregon Camera Club, Hirahara also took photographs of aspiring local models, area landscapes such as Laurelhurst Park and Portland's Rose Festival Parade. A native of Yakima Valley, WA, Frank honed his skills as a photographer while incarcerated during World War II with his family at the Heart Mountain concentration camp in Wyoming.

Rose Festival 2014 Sanctioned Event

Upcoming at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Exhibit Opening
Art Behind Barbed Wire: A Pacific Northwest Exploration of Japanese American Arts and Crafts Created in World War II Incarceration Camps
July 5, 2014

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Current Exhibit

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


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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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