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
email

 

 


News and Events:

Contested HistoriesUpcoming Exhibit and Workshops
Contested Histories: Art & Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection
November 1 – 4, 2018

First Thursday – November 1, 11am-7pm
Free and open to the public

Workshops: Thursday, November 1st at 5pm & Sunday, November 4th at noon

Allen Hendershott Eaton's historic 1952 book, Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our War Relocation Camps, explored arts and crafts created by Japanese Americans while wrongfully incarcerated in the World War II American concentration camps. In the course of conducting research for the book, Eaton amassed a significant personal collection of artifacts.

The Contested Histories display includes physical or digital representations of objects in the Eaton collection: photographs, sculptures, artwork, and other items handmade by Japanese Americans. In addition to providing an opportunity to see the collection that inspired such strong emotions and decisive actions, Contested Histories is intended to gather as much information about each object so that the efforts to preserve and catalog the collection can be as complete as possible. Visit our exhibits page for more information.
 

matsutakeMatsutake Hunt
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Cost: $15
For current and new Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment only

Join us on a field trip to hunt and gather Matsutake mushrooms on Mt. Hood. This outing is especially designed for novices and is open to Friends of Oregon Nikkei Endowment.

The daytrip includes a guided matsutake hunt at various locations on Mt. Hood and a potluck gathering in the late afternoon. Please contact Oregon Nikkei Endowment with questions or to register:

Phone: 503-224-1458
email
 

Current Exhibit
Collections Up Close | 2018
Oshu Nippo: Artifacts from Portland’s Japanese Language Newspaper, 1909-1951
Open to the public through November 4, 2018

First Thursday – November 1, 11am-7pm
Free and open to the public

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 — Oshu Nippo: Artifacts from Portland’s Japanese Language Newspaper, 1909-1951
August 10 – November 4, 2018

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Last updated:
October 6, 2018


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