All who live in Portland are invited to come and learn more about Japanese American history at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Located in Portland’s Old Town neighborhood, which is where Japantown once prospered in the Portland area, this facility offers a permanent collection as well as rotating exhibits. Come take a stroll through the museum anytime Tuesday through Saturday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. or Sunday from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is only $5.00, with reduced rates for large parties. Group tours of the museum are available in addition to school field trips, opportunities to do research, and traveling speaking presentations for classrooms or other community groups.
The permanent exhibits explore the beginnings of Japanese communities in the Portland area, how they grew, how the communities were interrupted after Pearl Harbor, and what today’s community looks like. There is a wealth of information online at the museum’s website and the rotating exhibits change a few times a year and guests can learn about things like Japanese labor camps, religious beliefs, and farming. Visit the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center to learn more about the story of Japanese Americans who live in Portland and plan a visit.