Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
Wednesday – Sunday:
Noon – 5pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday
|Memorial Day||May 31, 2021|
|Independence Day||July 5, 2021|
|Labor Day||September 6, 2021|
|Thanksgiving||November 25, 2021|
|Christmas||December 24 – 25, 2021|
|Multnomah Co. Residents (with proof of residency*)||FREE|
|Students & Teachers (with ID)||$8|
|Youth (6 – 18)||$5|
|Children (5 & under)||FREE|
*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.
Admission can be purchased at the front desk during museum hours.
New Health and Safety Protocols
Following the guidance and requirements of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) for indoor entertainment establishments, the Oregon Historical Society has implemented important safety protocols for the health of our staff and visitors. We thank you for adhering to the following guidelines as we do our part to protect our community.
- Wear a Face Covering: OHS is encouraged by the CDC’s lifting mask requirements for vaccinated individuals. We are awaiting new guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority. Until then, and pursuant to the the statewide reopening guidance on masks, face coverings, and face shields, all visitors age five and older are required to wear a face covering. Guests who are unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons or because of a physical or mental health condition, including disability, are exempt. For visitors who do not have a face covering, single-use face coverings will be provided at no charge.
- Maintain Distance: Please keep six feet of distance between yourself and visitors outside of your party at all times during your visit.
Read more about what we are doing to ensure the safety of our visitors here.
Additional Safety Precautions
- Additional hand sanitizing stations installed at the museum’s entrance and throughout the building
- Plexiglas sneeze guards installed at point of sale stations
- Designated one-way paths to maintain required distancing as visitors enter, exit, and enjoy our exhibitions
- Limited contact transactions; at this time, we will be discouraging cash/check transactions
- At this time, building capacity is limited to a maximum of 50 people (includes staff and visitors) in the museum at one time
- Only a limited number of interactive elements that visitors can operate using a stylus pen will be available. OHS will provide reusable styluses for visitors at their request; visitors can deposit the styluses as they exit for sanitizing between each use. All other high-touch interactive elements in our exhibits remain closed.
- A maximum of four customers may be in the OHS Museum Store at one time
Tips for Visiting the Oregon Historical Society
We ask that when you visit the Oregon Historical Society to please follow these rules to help keep our visitors, staff, and priceless collections safe:
- Food and beverages (including screw-tops) are not permitted in the museum and research library. Visitors are welcome to enjoy their lunch on our outdoor plaza adjacent to our main lobby/pavilion.
- Photography is permitted in select museum exhibits; please defer to posted signs or ask a Visitor Services representative if you have questions.
- Please check large items and oversized bags at Visitor Services. Lockers are available to store small items. If possible, please leave large items like backpacks or luggage at your home or hotel to speed entry.
- Please silence your cell phone during your visit as a courtesy to your fellow visitors and researchers.
- If you wish to take notes, please use a pencil and clipboard or other portable writing device.
- Do not bring any weapons, including firearms, knives (including pocket or Swiss Army style knives), pepper spray, mace, etc. into the building.
Museums 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.
Oregon Historical Society is a Blue Star Museum
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families. The program runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card(dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173‐1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military ‐ Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps ‐ and up to five family members. For more information on this program click here.