Friends of the Japanese American Museumf of Oregon are annual supporters who receive free museum admission, a subscription to our newsletter, invitations to exhibit openings and other special events, and 10% off purchases in our gift shop.
Your support of the Japanese American Museum of Oregon (formerly known as Oregon Nikkei Endowment) will help to ensure that the history, art and culture of the Nikkei are preserved and shared with the community for generations to come.
The two main projects of the Japanese American Museum of Oregon are the Japanese American Historical Plaza and the Japanese American Museum of Oregon at Naito Center. In 1990, the Japanese American Historical Plaza was completed at the north end of the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The Japanese American Historical Plaza was created to raise greater public awareness about the diversity of cultural experiences in America. The Japanese American experience is a unique story that evokes a deep appreciation of the freedoms granted to all Americans by their Bill of Rights. Conceived and guided by the Oregon Nikkei Endowment, the Japanese American Historical Plaza, along with its narrative of sculpted stones, stands as a permanent memorial to the lives of Oregon Nikkei and their determined pursuit of liberty, equality, and justice as American citizens.
The Japanese American Museum of Oregon is Japanese American history museum in Portland, charged with the preservation and sharing of the history and culture of the Japanese American community. Formerly known as the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, the museum opened in 1998 and moved to its current location at the Naito Center in 2021. The museum has exhibits that highlight Issei immigration and early life in Oregon, Nihonmachi (Japantown), and life after Executive Order 9066, including the Portland Assembly Center and contemporary Nikkei life.