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

Sharing and preserving Japanese American history and culture in Portland's Old Town neighborhood, where Japantown once thrived.

Japanese American history museum

Group tours of the museum and/or the Japanese American Historical Plaza, speaking engagements for classrooms or other community groups, and research appointments at the Legacy Center are available. Learn more on our Education and Resources and Services page.
 

To schedule or for more information:

Phone: 503-224-1458
email

 

 


News and Events:

Current Exhibit
Sakura Sakura:
An Exhibition of Photographs by Motoya Nakamura
Open through June 14, 2015

Celebrated local photographer Motoya Nakamura has created a body of work by making photographs and videos of sakura (cherry blossom trees) throughout one year at the Japanese American Historical Plaza and Bill of Rights Memorial in Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The trees, which were a gift from Japan, manifest Japanese American history that is unique to this region and evoke Nakamura's desire to explore the notions of belonging, identity and diaspora—notions with which the artist constantly grapples.

First Thursday – Thursday, June 4, 4-7pm
Free and open to the public

Artists' Talk – Saturday, June 6, 3pm
Motoya Nakamura and visiting University of San Francisco professor Brian Komei Dempster will showcase the power of poetry, writing, and visual art to express complex issues of identity and the legacy of Japanese Americans.
 

Fundraising Fridays at Pairings Wine Shop
Fridays in May
at Pairings Wine Shop, 455 NE 24th Ave, Portland
Free

Our friends at the Pairings Wine Shop & Bar are putting on a fundraiser for the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center! Every Friday in May will feature a free event starting at 7:30 p.m., and 5% of the daily sales on these Fridays will go directly to Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Come drink some wine and have some fun all month long! Visit our activities page for more information.

Evacuation notice
Museum in a Suitcase

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center has developed a teaching aid for use in classroom presentations called Museum in a Suitcase. Our speakers will share the Japanese American experience in Oregon with your students by bringing exhibits (visual images and artifacts) in a suitcase to your classroom. The exhibits cover the following topics: immigration, life in Portland's Japantown, and the internment story. For more information, contact Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center at 503-224-1458.
 
 

Omiyage
Our holiday pop-up shop, Omiyage, has expanded to our museum gift shop! Celebrate the tradition of gift giving and choose from Asian-inspired gifts and crafts created by local artisans and designers, as well as books, cards, DVDs and other gifts. Omiyage also features exclusive cherry blossom jewelry designed by CME Jewelry.


 

Tour our permanent exhibit:

Oregon Nikkei:
Reflections of an American Community

 

To get involved in these activities, please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment:

Phone: 503-224-1458
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Current Exhibit

Sakura Sakura
March 7 — June 14, 2015

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Last updated:
May 19, 2015


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