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

Japanese American history museum

Location

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
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.
 

Japanese American Historical Plaza
NW Couch Street & Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97209
 

Directions

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

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

Guided tours of the museum and plaza, speaking engagements, and research appointments are available. Please visit our Resources & Services page to learn more.
 

Wheelchair access to the museum is available through the Merchant Hotel courtyard. To schedule or for more information, please contact us:

Phone: 503-224-1458
email
 

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 our permanent exhibit Reflections of an American Community
 

with:

Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station

October 22, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Only the Oaks Remain tells the true stories of those targeted as dangerous enemy aliens and imprisoned in the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, located in the Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, by the US Department of Justice during World War II. Rare artifacts such as photographs, letters, and diaries bring the experiences of prisoners—who included Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and extradited Japanese Peruvians—to life.

Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the US Department of Justice took over a vacated Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles and converted it into a detention station by installing twelve-foot-high barbed wire fences, guard posts, and flood lights. The Tuna Canyon Detention Station became one of many initial confinement sites set up by the government. Targeted individuals were quickly arrested in their homes, leaving behind confused and frightened families; most detainees were later sent to Department of Justice or Army internment camps.

Only the Oaks Remain commemorates the history of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station and seeks to educate the public about the violation of civil rights that took place there. The exhibition features photographs, letters, diaries, interviews, declassified government documents, and other rare artifacts that serve to illuminate a largely untold story that goes beyond the more widely-known story of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans. By taking an unprecedented look at war’s impact on a disparate group of detainees, examining striking similarities as well as differences among them, the exhibition encourages present and future generations to learn from our nation’s mistakes. Visit our exhibits page to learn more.


Upcoming at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Preview for Friends of O.N.E.
Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station
Friday, October 20, 4pm, RSVP to Oregon Nikkei Endowment

First Thursday
Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station
November 2, 4-7pm, free and open to the public

Read more about upcoming events on our activities page.

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Current Exhibit

Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station
October 22, 2017 — January 7, 2018

Only the Oaks Remain
 

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