Experience Oregon

180 degree immersive theater introduces Experience Oregon exhibit

  • Family-friendly
  • Free for Members
  • Teachers
  • Researchers
  • Handicap Accessible Friendly
  • Hearing-impaired Friendly

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Opening February 14, 2019

For over a year and a half, Oregon Historical Society staff members have collaborated with historians and stakeholders across the state on the design and content that will fill our new Oregon history exhibit. After fourteen years, we are saying goodbye to our beloved Oregon My Oregon exhibition at the end of April 2018. We will then begin construction on our newest permanent exhibition, Experience Oregon, which will combine compelling artifacts with the latest scholarship while engaging visitors with state-of-the-art interactive museum technologies.

From a 360 degree intro theater to an immersive build that will let visitors walk through a covered wagon, Experience Oregon will provide a portal to Oregon for all visitors, whether you are a sixth generation Oregonian, a recent arrival to our state, or a tourist from another part of the world. Central themes like water, land, and home span the exhibition’s timeline, inviting viewers to think about how Oregonians have defined our state. By showcasing new and much-loved artifacts, along with diverse voices representing Oregon’s many cultures and geographies, this re-imagined exhibition will engage visitors in the experience of Oregon and its history.

Funds for this new exhibition are being raised through contributions to our FORWARD! capital campaign.

A Sneak Peek of Experience Oregon

While Experience Oregon is under construction, visitors are invited to test out some of the interactives that will be incorporated into the timeline that will weave through the exhibit. The content for these games comes from the Oregon Historical Society's Digital History Projects, comprehensive online resources that use expert scholarship and OHS's extensive collections to engage researchers, students, and curious individuals in learning about our state's past.



The featured interactive games are:

Marie Dorion

Can you survive an 11-month, 2,000-mile walk across the West?

Trouble On The Oregon Trail

Can you keep Grandma safe?

George Fletcher

Bronco- and bigotry-busting in Eastern Oregon.

Vortex I

Oregon was on edge. Would rock 'n' roll save it?