We tear down elegant buildings and replace them with parking lots. We see daubs of pigment sell for millions, and lovely landscape paintings go for ten dollars at yard sales. And a pair of dilapidated sandals from a famous movie star may be worth far more than the entire contents of a shoe store. These notions of value often seem arbitrary and silly, but they have a profound influence on our views of the world and its objects.
Oregon boasts an environment ripe for creating wines of distinction. Clink! will tell the story of those individuals and institutions who propelled the Oregon wine industry onto the national and international stage. By working in collaboration with the Oregon Wine History Archive at Linfield College and industry leaders, Clink! will provide an in-depth look at this prominent Oregon commodity.
Oregon is blessed with a number of talented artists working in a variety of mediums to portray the beauty of the state, including the lush vineyards of wine country. This exhibition features local artists sharing their unique interpretations of Oregon vineyards.
Come navigate a part of Portland’s history in the original exhibit Working on the River: A History of Dredging. Through this exhibition, discover the men, women, and machines that have shaped our region’s geography, trade routes, economic vitality, and history. In commemoration of the Port of Portland vessel, Dredge Oregon, and its recent upgrades, this exhibit highlights the role of dredges like the Oregon in maintaining the Willamette and Columbia River navigation channels for maritime trade.
This original exhibit takes an in-depth look at Lincoln’s monumental presidency between two historic points: the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Congressional passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. Through rare documents, artifacts, and cutting edge interactive elements, 2 Years, 1 Month will look at Lincoln’s legacy through the lens of slavery and the end of the Civil War. A portion of the exhibit will also explore how Oregonians experienced this critical time in our nation’s history.
Oregon My Oregon Winner of a 2005 MUSE Award, Oregon My Oregon features the most important pieces from the Society's collection of artifacts.
Oregon Voices: Change and Challenge in Modern Oregon History With Oregon Voices, a new permanent exhibit, the Oregon History Museum combines the technology of today with stories from the past. This interactive exhibit gives visitors a chance to explore the issues and events that shaped Oregon from 1950 forward.