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

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:

Yellow Terror: The Collections and Paintings Of Roger Shimomura

February 5 — July 16, 2017

Yellow Terror is an exhibition of paintings by Roger Shimomura and his collection of memorabilia and objects depicting racial stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans accumulated by the artist over the last twenty years, recently donated to the archives of the Wing Luke Museum. Influenced by The Pop Art Style, Shimomura's work challenges the role of media and material culture in defining the American norm. Showing with Shimomura’s paintings will be objects from his extensive collection of Asian Stereotypical ephemera including Halloween masks, salt and pepper shakers, and greeting cards. The collection dates from the early twentieth century to World War II and testifies to the pervasiveness of stereotypes and questions their lasting legacy today.

Yellow Terror


Upcoming at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Free Day
Yellow Terror: The Collections and Paintings Of Roger Shimomura
February 19, noon-3pm, free and open to the public

First Thursday
Yellow Terror: The Collections and Paintings Of Roger Shimomura
March 4, 3:30-6:30pm, free and open to the public

Read more about upcoming events on our activities page.

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Yellow Terror
February 5 — July 16, 2017

Yellow Terror

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