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 adults, $3 students/seniors
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



News and Events:


The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

We are currently accepting applications for the position of Education Manager.

Illuminating Uncommon Perspectives on World War II Injustice
with Diana Morita Cole and Roy Wesley
Thursday, June 28, 6:308:30 p.m.
at Epworth Methodist Church (1333 SE 28th Ave, Portland)

Please join us for this program featuring Diana Morita Cole and Roy Wesley. This event will include readings from Diana Morita Cole's new collection of stories about her family's dispersal from Hood River, Oregon, and their imprisonment in the Tule Lake and Minidoka concentration camps. She will also read selections from her book, Sideways: Memoir of a Misfit, featuring the life of a young Nikkei protagonist, born at Minidoka after her family was expelled from Hood River.

Roy Wesley's family was detained at the Portland Assembly Center and then at Minidoka. They were released in January 1944 and settled in Chicago. Roy's talk will address the plight of women and children at the assembly centers and concentration camps, their loss of civil rights, discrimination, and identity. He will focus on their struggles and the current dangers in our democracy. He gives attention to younger people who did not experience this period in our history.

Visit our activities page to learn more.

Current Exhibit
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A Soldier's Story: The Photo Album of Yukimori Okimoto Who Served during WWII with the 522nd Field Artillery, Liberators of the Subcamps of Dachau
Open to the public June 14 August 5, 2018

Beginning in 2018, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's gallery has become an archival processing center to inventory, catalog, and photograph Oregon Nikkei Endowment's permanent collection. This year is an opportunity to observe collections staff and volunteers at work during the collections process, as well as to view never-before-seen artifacts from our collection that will be displayed in small exhibitions throughout the year. Visit our exhibits page to learn more.

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.



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

Collections Up Close — A Soldier's Story: The Photo Album of Yukimori Okimoto Who Served during WWII with the 522nd Field Artillery, Liberators of the Subcamps of Dachau
June 14 August 5, 2018

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Last updated:
June 19, 2018

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