Japanese American Museum of Oregon

Formerly Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

411 NW Flanders St.
Portland, OR  97209
(503) 224-1458

Museum hours:
Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call 503-224-1458 for reservations

Adult $8, Senior $6, Student $5, Children 11 & under Free


Resources and Services

Japanese American Musem of Oregon activities and resources are designed to collect and preserve and share the Nikkei history with a broad range of audiences.

To learn more about scheduling a group tour to the Japanese American Musem of Oregon, or arranging for a speaker to visit your school or organization, please visit our Education page or contact us:

Phone: 503-224-1458

Online Archival Collection
As part of our goal to make more of our collection accessible by the general public, portions of the Japanese American Musem of Oregon collection are now available to view online via PastPerfect Online.

This work is made possible thanks to a Japanese American Confinement Sites grant from the National Park Service. Additional funding has been provided by an Oregon Heritage Grant and an Oregon Museum Grant.

Minidoka oral history interviewVisual History Collection
As part of the Minidoka Oral History Project, over 50 recorded video interviews that make up the Japanese American Musem of Oregon's growing Visual History Collection can now be accessed online through the Densho Digital Repository.

The Minidoka Oral History Project helps preserve and pass along the story of the Nikkei in the Pacific Northwest for current and future generations to come. Collected since 2003, each interview captures the life story of our Issei, Shin-Issei, Nisei, Kibei and other narrators.

This work is made possible thanks to a Japanese American Confinement Sites grant from the National Park Service. Additional funding has been provided by the Oregon Heritage Commission, Meyer Memorial Trust, Jackson Foundation, and generous donations from friends of the Japanese American Musem of Oregon.

Portland's Japantown Revealed
Merchant HoteliBook of Portland's Historic Nihonmachi

Portland's Japantown Revealed is an enhanced, multi-touch iBook that tells the story of a vibrant Japanese American community in Portland, Oregon, that disappeared with the forced removal and incarceration of its citizens. Available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iPad, or with iTunes on your computer.

This innovative book uses historical photographs, video interviews, and rarely seen artifacts largely selected from the collections of the Japanese American Musem of Oregon. While the focus is on one American community, this book illustrates a great injustice in American history rooted in race prejudice and war hysteria.

Portland's Japantown Revealed was written by Peter Pappas, a well-known instructional designer, teacher and educational blogger. He is the author of three WWII Homefront books and resides near what was once Japantown in Portland, Oregon. Visit the Apple iTunes store to download.

Public Art PDX: Japanese American Historical Plaza
iPhone tour of the Japanese American Historical Plaza and Bill of Rights Memorial

The Japanese American Musem of Oregon has developed an iPhone guided tour of the Japanese American Historical Plaza, featuring the voice of renowned actor and activist George Takei. This innovative walking tour describes the history of the Plaza's development, its importance to the history of Japanese Americans and Portland, as well the meaning of the poems engraved in the stones.

Thanks to support from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, iPhone users can download this free guided tour app by accessing Public Art PDX through Apple’s iTunes store. As part of Public Art PDX, the Japanese American Historical Plaza is showcased in a rich and diverse collection of more than 500 public works of art on display in and around Portland.


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Grace, Grit and Gaman: Japanese American Women through the Generations

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