SOUTH WING, THIRD FLOOR
Oregon My Oregon is an award-winning exhibit that occupies an entire floor (7,000 square feet) of the Oregon History Museum at the Oregon Historical Society.
The exhibit includes two theaters, interactive displays, and several environments, including a re-creation of a Hudson’s Bay Company ship hull, a 19th century explorer’s tent, and a store stocked with 1940s-era merchandise from the Hood River Yasui Brothers Mercantile.
More than 50 separate displays tell the Oregon story with artifacts, artwork, photographs, documents, audio/visual presentations, and hands-on displays. The 12 distinctive sections of Oregon My Oregon cover every aspect of Oregon's known history, from the earliest settlements to current issues.
Oregon My Oregon features the most important pieces from the Society’s collection of artifacts. Look for a 9,000-year-old sagebrush sandal found at Fort Rock and the lunch counter from Newberry's, salvaged when the downtown Portland store closed in the 1990s.
Winner of a 2005 MUSE Award
The American Association of Museums has awarded the Modern Oregon Issues segment of Oregon My Oregon a Silver 2005 MUSE Award in the History and Culture category.
The visitor-controlled display plays video narratives of current events in Oregon. The unique interface is themed on Portland’s famous Newberry’s lunch counter and its countertop jukeboxes. Selecting a topic from a jukebox initiates a presentation featuring real Oregonians discussing the issue.
Find out more about the AAM MUSE Awards.