Visit the Museum

The Oregon Historical Society’s museum is now open Wednesday through Sunday. Located in the heart of Portland’s Cultural District on the South Park Blocks, street parking is available, and public lots are easily accessible. OHS is also located within blocks of bus and light rail lines; visit for more information on public transportation in Portland.

Following the guidance of the Oregon Health Authority and the Governor’s executive order, all visitors age five and older are required to wear a face covering and maintain six feet of distance with visitors outside their party until further notice. Learn more about our new health and safety protocols.

The OHS 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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The Oregon Historical Society museum is now open! For more information on new health and safety protocols, please visit


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

(503) 222-1741

Museum Hours

Wednesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Sunday: Noon – 5pm

Monday and Tuesday: CLOSED

Holiday Closures

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday January 20, 2020
Memorial Day
May 25, 2020
Independence Day July 3, 2020
Labor Day September 7, 2020
Thanksgiving November 26, 2020
December 24 – 25, 2020


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.

New Health and Safety Protocols

Following the guidance and requirements of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) for cultural attractions and museums, and the Governor’s executive order, 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: 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. Groups of up to 10 within the same party are not required to maintain six feet of physical distance.

Read more about what we are doing to ensure the safety of our visitors here.

Additional Safety Precautions

  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the building
  • Plexiglas sneeze guards at point of sale stations
  • One-way paths to maintain distancing at various locations
  • Debit/credit card transactions preferred
  • Building capacity is limited to a maximum of 100 visitors at one time (updated)
  • High touch hands-on interactive elements and certain exhibits are closed until further notice
  • 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:

  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 Services representative if you have questions.
  3. 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.
  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