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

December 24 – 25, 2018
New Year's Day January 1, 2019
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday January 21, 2019
Memorial Day
May 27, 2019
Independence Day July 4, 2019
Labor Day September 2, 2019
Thanksgiving November 28, 2019

Free Days!

Holiday Cheer Sunday, December 2, 2018
Family Day Saturday, December 15, 2018
Experience Oregon Exhibit Opening Thursday – Sunday,
February 14 – 16, 2019


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

Due to the closure of our permanent exhibit on our 3rd floor, admission has been temporarily reduced until our new permanent exhibit, Experience Oregon, opens on February 14, 2019.

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.

3rd Floor Closed for Renovation

Please note that our early Oregon history exhibition on our 3rd floor is currently closed for renovation. We are excited to unveil our new permanent exhibit, Experience Oregon, on February 14, 2019. We hope you will visit us in the meantime to view our temporary exhibitions and our two permanent Oregon history exhibitions, Oregon Voices and History Hub.

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

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.