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Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

121 NW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3903
+1 503-224-1458
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A Real Gem

If you are planning to visit the Saturday Market or Pine St. Food Hall, you should in lude this... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Chicago, Illinois
Interesting and well done

This museum is small, but the exhibits are excellent - well presented and up to date. They focus on... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Barbara L
El Cerrito, California
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Small museum which shares and preserves Japanese American history and culture in Portland's Old Town neighborhood, where Japantown once thrived. Group tours of the museum, speaking engagements for classrooms or other community groups, and research appointments at the Legacy Center are available.
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121 NW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3903
+1 503-224-1458
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you are planning to visit the Saturday Market or Pine St. Food Hall, you should in lude this stop. The museum is small, but will enlighten all who know little of the Japanese American experience during WW II. There is a very modest fee...More

Thank roxanne3753
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This museum is small, but the exhibits are excellent - well presented and up to date. They focus on the Japanese community in the Portland area and in particular the internment camps of World War II. The staff was knowledgeable and helpful. There is a...More

Thank Barbara L
Reviewed 19 November 2016

Didn't know this place existed until I was wandering around Old Town Chinatown and saw it on a TriMet map. My guide Marlene gave a wonderful tour inside, complete with artifacts from the Minidoka camps. Also records the first JAs working on the railroads and...More

2  Thank H K
Reviewed 6 November 2016

We really enjoyed visiting this Center. We enjoyed the exhibits & learning a little more about the Japanese Americans from Portland area who were interned during WW II. The little gift shop was also very nice, with an interesting book selection as well.

2  Thank DuvallDesdemona
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

This is a sad part of American history. Those whose families were affected must pass their stories on to future generations and the rest of us need to be educated so mistakes are not repeated. A small but functional museum for telling this piece of...More

Thank SunshineFL221
Reviewed 16 May 2016

First off, if it wasn't for TripAdvisor, we wouldn't even have known this museum existed. Tucked away in the downtown area, the focus is on Japanese Americans in the Portland area. The current main exhibit is about the relocation of Japanese from the Portland area...More

2  Thank Mary A
Reviewed 27 February 2016

You can learn how Nikkei people's lives were before. There were prosperity time and endurance and sad time. We shouldn't forget the history and pass down the story from generation to generation.

Thank Tosh S
Reviewed 25 February 2016

My wife and I have been Japanese American grass roots activists and political leaders at a national level and with no prior expectations of this ONLC, we are impressed to say that this ranks on a par with the San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose,...More

Thank NormSFCA
Reviewed 4 November 2015

Well worth an hour or two of your time. The staff was super friendly and gave us a little introduction to the history and lead us through the first half, then let us explore the rest. My family was ready to leave after about an...More

Thank SumSummer
Reviewed 21 October 2015

This small but excellent museum shares the plight of Japanese Americans on the west coast during WW2 and internment. It is very well done and geared for all ages 10 and older. some hands on exhibits. Wonderful videos and models, artifacts.

Thank Beenthere1950
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