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Thank you for planning a visit to the Oregon Historical Society!

The Oregon Historical Society’s museum and museum store are now open daily! Current hours of operation are:

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

The Oregon Historical Society’s research library remains closed for renovations that began in January 2020. To learn more about library services during the renovation, please visit

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

(503) 222-1741

Museum Hours

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

Holiday Closures

Labor Day September 6, 2021
Veteran’s Day November 11, 2021
Thanksgiving November 25, 2021
Christmas  December 23 – 26, 2021


Members FREE
Multnomah Co. Residents (with proof of residency*) FREE
Adults $10
Students & Teachers (with ID) $8
Seniors (60+) $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.

Health and Safety Protocols

Updated July 28, 2021

In response to a large jump in cases and hospitalizations due to the Delta variant, the Oregon Historical Society, following the guidance of the Oregon Health Authority and Multnomah County Health Department, recommends universal mask use for all visitors. While OHS no longer requires physical distancing or visitor limits in the museum or museum store, certain health and safety enhancements, like plexi barriers at point of sale stations, sanitized reusable styluses for exhibit interactives, and abundant hand sanitizer stations throughout the museum remain. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for all staff, volunteers, and visitors, and are grateful for the precautions our community continues to take to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Photography is permitted in select museum exhibits; please defer to posted signs or ask a Visitor Experience Associate if you have questions.
  3. Please check large items and oversized bags with a Visitor Experience Associate. 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.
  4. Please silence your cell phone during your visit as a courtesy to your fellow visitors and researchers.
  5. If you wish to take notes, please use a pencil and clipboard or other portable writing device. 
  6. 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.

Museums for All

Blue Star Museums


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