Oregon Historical Society Re-opening: Know Before You Go

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 – Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday

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 during weekdays they are checking voicemails and returning calls remotely.

The OHS Research Library remains closed for renovations that began in January 2020. To learn more about library services during the renovation, please visit ohs.org/libraryreno.

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

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. In compliance with ADA requirements, guests who have a physical or mental health condition, including disability, that prevents them from putting on, taking off, or wearing a face covering or are unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons will be exempt. If visitors do not have a face covering, single-use face coverings will be provided at no charge. Thank you for taking this precaution to protect our visitors and staff.

Maintain Distance

Please keep six feet of distance between yourself and visitors outside of your party at all times during your visit.

Other safety precautions you will notice on your next visit:

  • 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

Modified Exhibit Access

For the safety of our visitors, only a limited number of interactive elements in our Experience Oregon and Oregon Voices exhibits 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.

Our History Hub exhibit is closed until further notice due to the hands-on nature of this exhibition. The Photo Hallway gallery is also temporarily closed due to the inability for visitors to easily maintain six feet of distance.

Museum Store

The Oregon Historical Society Museum Store will maintain the same public hours as the museum. During this time, there will be a limit of four customers in the store at one time. We are eager to welcome shoppers back to the museum store, as all sales in our store provide critical funding in support of our mission.