Oregon Historical Society Museum
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, 97205
The Oregon Historical Society Museum is a history museum housed at the Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland, Oregon. The museum was created in 1898 and receives about 44,000 visitors annually.
It houses the Portland Penny that decided the city’s name. This 1835 copper penny was flipped to decide between the names of Boston and Portland, with Portland as the winner.
The museum contains over 85,000 artifacts relating to the history of the region in its collections. Artifacts include the famous Portland Penny, Captain Robert Gray's storage chest from aboard the Columbia Rediviva, a 10,000-year-old sandal, memorabilia from the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, Native American artifacts, a miniature vehicle collection, and many everyday items from jars to dresses.
Permanent exhibits at the museum include Oregon My Oregon, a 7,000-square-foot (650 m2) display covering Oregon’s history from early settlement to current times. Significant items include a reproduction of a ship's hull, a 1940s-era mercantile store, a complete lunch counter from a diner, and a 9,000-year-old sandal.
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