Visit the Museum

The Oregon Historical Society’s museum is open seven days a week, and is located in the heart of Portland’s Cultural District on the South Park Blocks. Street parking is available, and public lots are easily accessible for visitors. OHS is also located within blocks of bus and light rail lines; visit for more information on public transportation in Portland. Admission is free to the Society’s Research Library, which is open Tuesday through Saturday.

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Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97205

(503) 222-1741

Museum Hours

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Sundays: Noon – 5pm

Holiday Closures

New Year's Day January 1, 2018
Presidents Day February 19, 2018
Memorial Day
May 28, 2018
Independence Day July 4, 2018
Labor Day September 3, 2018
Thanksgiving November 22, 2018
December 24 – 25, 2018

Please Note: The Museum will open at 11am on Monday, January 22, 2018 for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience!


Members FREE
Multnomah Co. Residents (with proof of residency*) FREE
Adults $11
Students (with ID) $9
Seniors (60+) $9
Youth (6 – 18) $5
Children (5 & under) FREE

There is no charge for admission to the Research Library.

*Proof of Multnomah County residency can include a State Issued Identification Card, Driver's License, or Utility Bill.  Library cards and TriMet passes are not valid forms of ID.

Tickets can be purchased at the front desk during museum hours.

Museums for AllMuseums for All

An initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Museums for All is a cooperative initiative between ACM and IMLS to offer a signature access program that encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. As a member of this program, the Oregon Historical Society offers free admission and a 10% discount at our Museum Store to individuals and families (up to four) presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.

Tips for Visiting the Oregon Historical Society

We ask that when you visit the Oregon Historical Society that you help us to ensure our collections remain safe.  Please consider leaving any items that need to be checked by our front desk/security at home or at the hotel to speed entry.

  1. Do not bring large bags, backpacks, or luggage into the museum, as you will be asked to leave them in our lockers.  If possible, leave such items on the tour or school bus or in a hotel room.
  2. A reminder: no accommodations are available for eating bag lunches within the museum except in the Plaza courtyard.
  3. Do not bring any weapons, including firearms, knives including pocket or Swiss Army style knives, pepper spray, mace, etc. into the museum.

The safety of the Oregon Historical Society visitors, volunteers, staff and collections is of the highest importance.  Thank you for adhering to our policy.