History Museums in Portland

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History Museums in Portland

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  • Jasmine38Chichester UK
    Chichester, UK1 736 contributions
    As UK visitors we were most interested in the permanent exhibition about the development of Oregon, wagon trail, local culture etc. Full size canoe, wagon and lots of other displays with good, clear chronological explanations and some fun interactive stuff. There are are also rotating exhibitions on a range of topics. Good value at $10. You can easily spend a few hours here.
    Written 13 July 2022
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  • David J
    15 contributions
    A very low keyed informative museum on Jewish history primarily in Portland. My wife is Jewish so we have been to other museums on Jewish history. The others we visited centered around the Holocaust. This one had a lot of local history which was nice. Well worth the admission charge and time.
    Written 11 August 2022
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  • Ray L
    Greensboro, NC41 contributions
    I used to visit this little gem fairly often when I lived in Portland. It's cool because it's small enough to cover in one visit, and it's pictures, stories, and artifacts are easy to understand and comprehend. Displays are not buried in miles of text most visitors would likely end up skipping. Also the curator is often there and is friendly and informative. A great place to hang out for an hour or so. Oh and lot's of restaurants within walking distance, too.
    Written 12 June 2019
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  • Ljh
    Santa Rosa, CA42 contributions
    I was pleased I found this small museum while I was visiting in Portland.
    The displays were so interesting, especially the "Arrest Logs" and the older, retired uniforms. I would say that it is a must visit for anyone with an interest in historical law enforcement.
    It is free to the public.
    Written 24 May 2019
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  • ariesgal
    Los Angeles, CA373 contributions
    The museum opened in 2018. Friendly staff. Great exhibits. I didn't know that Portland had the second biggest Chinatown after San Francisco. Spent about 1.5 hours there. Walked around and saw many of the mentioned buildings, even patronized the golden horse Chinese restaurant!
    Written 7 June 2022
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  • Janet208
    Chicago, IL59 contributions
    I really enjoyed the Temples of Commerce tour. There was a good selection of downtown Portland buildings on this tour. The docent presented both architectural info and background stories about the businesses and people associated with the buildings. I plan to take more Architectural Heritage Center tours next time I'm in Portland.
    Written 2 November 2021
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  • simpleyme
    Washington802 contributions
    We went on a Saturday and were thrilled to stumble upon a Saturday market which made parking harder but well worth it ,so we walked through the market of berries musician and yummy food before we arrived at the museum, This museum is small but fun it took us a bout an hour to go through it, it has many of the same kind of displays as other museums in this region but if you are in the area and have extra time it is worth a look . We liked the display that told about how we encouraged Mexicans to work in the us during WW11 we had no idea about that and also about the beginning of technology companies. If you are really busy with activities I would skip this museum but it is perfect addition to strolling the walkable downtown area and the farmers markets . If you go look across the street at the court house and see the giant sequoias they are shockingly big for being just over 125 years old.
    Written 18 June 2016
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  • Twila L
    Keizer, OR3 contributions
    This is a great place to go on a rainy day to rollerskate. Kids, teens, and parents had a great time and got some exercise!
    Written 6 March 2019
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  • Enip S
    8 contributions
    Such a wonderful collection of railroad locomotives, passenger cars, and other memorabilia. Admission is free, the Docents are very friendly and knowledgeable, and you can see 4 kinds of working rail transportation from one spot: Passenger Trains (AMTRAK), Freight Trains (Union Pacific), Light Rail (Trimet's MAX) and Private Excursion trains (Oregon Pacific Railroad). With special displays for the kids,it is easy to spend all day there!
    Written 7 January 2022
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