Oregon Historical Society

three dimensional painting of Lewis and Clark Explorers on building
The Oregon Historical Society is based in Portland.
For more than 100 years, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) has provided a place for history—a home for Oregon heritage, culture, beginnings and future. The society has expanded far beyond its original mission of collectin​g, preserving, publishing and sharing Oregon's rich history. Attractions include exhibits covering a wide range of historical topics, lectures and special events, a museum store, its peer-reviewed journal, the Oregon Historical Quarterly, and research library with a wealth of books, maps, documents, oral histories, photographs and film footage. 

OHS also operates educational programs for children and adults, and provides smaller exhibits that travel around the state. Web site content is also available across the state through the OHS digital history projects, including the Oregon History Project, The Oregon Encyclopedia and Oregon TimeWeb. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission covers entrance to both the museum and library (OHS members are free). Multnomah County residents are also admitted free due to a modest levy that was first approved by voters in November 2010 and renewed in May 2016.


Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director
Address: 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland 97205
Phone: 503-222-1741; TDD: 503-306-5194
Fax: 503-221-2035