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



Volunteers make the programs happen and the successes we all enjoy. You can bring your passion and personal experiences to our programs and activities. In turn, you'll learn about local Japanese American history, meet new people with fascinating stories, and learn new skills.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Japanese American Museum of Oregon, please call 503-224-1458.

Volunteer Application (pdf)


Be a Docent at the museum!

Are you enthusiastic about culture, history, identity, or civil liberties? Do you like working with people? Are you patient and flexible with requests? If so, we would love you to be a part of our Docent Program!

Legacy Center docents interact with the public in a variety of ways, from greeting museum visitors and increasing their interest in the history of the Japanese Americans in our community, to answering phones or selling merchandise in our store. Trained docents can lead group tours and other educational programs. Many people have found this volunteer work rewarding and fun.

We have a particular need for docents on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Half-shifts and weekday hours, are also available! Please contact the Japanese American Museum of Oregon to learn more or apply:

Phone: 503-224-1458

Positions Available (ongoing)

Docents - Greet visitors or be a guide through the museum exhibits. No prior experience or knowledge necessary!

Saturday and Sunday year-round.

Speakers - Give tours of the museum, the Historical Plaza, and/or go out to local classrooms. The Museum in a Suitcase is also an option for new speakers.

Office - Research files, scan historic photographs and documents, digital image management and/or photography, database work, cataloging, clerical work, etc.

Archive Volunteers - Sort, identify, and catalogue photographs, documents, and artifacts.

Exhibit & Event Volunteers - Help install or take down temporary exhibits; set up for exhibit openings, book signings and other events in our community room; or help with slide show presentations, book sales, clean-up, etc.

Off-site Events - Staff our information booth at public events and fairs. Suggestions on how to update our portable display board with new pictures and captions are welcome.

Student Internships

Interns are welcome in the Collections and Exhibits department of the Japanese American Museum of Oregon. Scope of work may encompass a broad range of duties, including collections, research, education, or visitor relations. Interns with a specific project in mind are welcome to discuss opportunities.

The intern will gain experience in a small, community based nonprofit museum, and will receive hands on training. The Japanese American Museum of Oregon maintains historical collections, a library, and research files that as a whole comprise the collections resources for the museum. Materials in the collections document the Japanese American and Issei experience in Oregon and the surrounding region, with an emphasis on events leading up to and during World War II.

Skills and Experience desired: Undergraduate or graduate student enrollment in history, museum studies, Asian American studies, or related fields. Thorough attention to detail, computer skills including typing, familiarity with database concepts, basic knowledge of digital scanning, and ability to keep detailed information records is helpful.

Contact Us

If you have questions or comments, please contact us:

Phone: 503-224-1458


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Current Exhibits



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

Grace Grit and Gaman

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The Japanese American Museum of Oregon  has a wealth of resources documenting Japanese American history and culture, housing original manuscripts, government documents and publications, as well as historical and contemporary artifacts and photographs.

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