Visit the Museum

Thank you for planning a visit to the Oregon Historical Society! We are eager to welcome you back to our museum during these historic times.

The Oregon Historical Society museum and museum store are now open! Until further notice, public hours of operation are:

Wednesday – Friday: 12pm – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
Closed Monday

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Museum and museum store hours are subject to change; we recommend checking our website before you visit or calling 503.222.1741. Please note that while our visitor services staff are not on site they are checking voicemails and returning calls remotely.

The Oregon Historical Society’s museum is now open Tuesday – Sunday. For more information, visit


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

(503) 222-1741

Museum Hours

Wednesday – Sunday:
Noon – 5pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Holiday Closures

Memorial Day May 31, 2021
Independence Day July 5, 2021
Labor Day September 6, 2021
Thanksgiving November 25, 2021
Christmas  December 24 – 25, 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.

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:

  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