411 NW Flanders St.
Starting June 18: Open to the general public by reservation only
Tours and School Programs
*Due to the museum's impending move, we are unable to accept tour requests for dates later than March 8, 2020.*
Tours at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon are designed to tell the story of people of Japanese descent (Nikkei) in Oregon before, during, and after World War II. Tour themes and activities are designed to connect with curriculum and Common Core Standards in the areas of Language Arts, Social Science and American History. Inquiry-based tours at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center are thematic and are lead by our trained volunteer docents. Scheduling details are below.
In addition to self-guided tours (please confirm availability in advance), the following options are available for docent-guided tours:
Japanese American Museum of Oregon in the Classroom
Museum in a Suitcase Program - developed by the Japanese American Museum of Oregon (formerly Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center), with assistance from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Let us bring the Japanese American Museum of Oregon to your classroom! Our docents will come to your classroom and share the Nikkei experience in Oregon with your students through the use of primary resources, such as visual images and artifacts. A teacher guide with resources and lesson plans aligned to Common Core Standards is also included.
The primary resources included in the suitcase cover the following topics:
Japanese American Museum of Oregon speakers are available for classroom visits, school assemblies, civic organizations, and other groups. Each speaker is well versed to talk about the Nikkei experience during World War II as well as the broader topics of civil rights, citizenship and the Constitution.
Please visit our Resources & Services page for links to other educational resources about the Nikkei experience.
Digital Citizenship and Japanese American History Curriculum
Digital Citizenship and Japanese American History is a seven-lesson curriculum that addresses critical questions about rights and responsibilities of citizenship, especially related to media. The experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II provide a relevant context for this study. The curriculum includes lessons aligned to Common Core Standards and primary source material to support those lessons. This curriculum was funded by a grant from the Collins Foundation with support from the Japanese American Museum of Oregon (formerly Oregon Nikkei Endowment).
Minoru Yasui: From Roots to Results Curriculum
Minoru Yasui: From Roots to Results is a five-lesson curriculum that introduces students to experiences of Japanese Americans in Oregon during World War II and to the work of Minoru Yasui, the Oregon attorney who challenged the curfew placed on that community in 1942.
The curriculum includes lessons aligned to Common Core Standards and primary source material to support those lessons. The curriculum was funded by the Multnomah Bar Foundation with support from the Japanese American Museum of Oregon (formerly Oregon Nikkei Endowment) and the Minoru Yasui Tribute Project. Contact Japanese American Museum of Oregon if you are interested in receiving a copy of this curriculum.
Righting a Wrong! Min Yasui and Redress!
Exhibit Proposal due: March 15, 2020
Minoru "Min" Yasui saw people treated unjustly in 1942 and took action. On March 28th, Oregonians commemorate Min's legacy of justice that began with his challenge of the curfew placed on Japanese Americans during World War II. From 1976 to 1984, Min Yasui served as the chair of the Japanese American Citizens League’s National Committee for Redress which fought for an apology from the United States government for the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. However, Min passed away before the passing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. Though he did not live to see the government's apology, Min's legacy inspires us to take action today.
Make your own exhibit! Create a Tri-Fold Poster, a photo exhibit, or a short film to capture your redress action plan. Your exhibit should relate an event, action, or violation that occurred in the history or recent past of the United States. View the pdf flyer here.
$100.00 to $200.00 Award prizes. Open to middle and high school students in Oregon and SW Washington.
Pricing & Scheduling
MUSEUM AND PLAZA TOURS: $3.50 per student, $5.00 per adult (with three complimentary adult admissions per school group).
SPEAKERS BUREAU AND MUSEUM IN A SUITCASE: $55 per class/talk.
To schedule your group for one of our programs, please fill out the Request Form and mail, fax, or e-mail it to the Japanese American Museum of Oregon office. Contact us (2-4 weeks in advance requested) with questions or to discuss your options:
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