Guided tours at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon and the Japanese American Historical Plaza are designed to tell the story of people of Japanese descent (Nikkei) in Oregon before, during, and after World War II. Tour themes and activities are designed to connect with curriculum and Common Core Standards in the areas of language arts, social science, and American history. Inquiry-based tours at JAMO are thematic and are led by our trained volunteer docents.
Oregon’s Nikkei: An American Story of Resilience
Weaving through our permanent exhibit, this tour explores the story of Japanese Americans in Oregon, covering early immigration, the establishment of farms and communities, the abrupt and unjust incarceration during World War II, and finally as citizens playing vital roles in Oregon today. Visitors will learn about a specific time in history while exploring universal ideas such as community, identity, immigration, and civil rights.
Japanese American Historical Plaza
The Plaza is an internationally recognized, award-winning public park located at the north end of Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, along the Willamette River. Located a few blocks from the Japanese American Museum of Oregon, the Japanese American Historical Plaza is a memorial to Issei and to the 120,000 men, women, and children held against their will in camps during WWII. A guided tour of the Plaza will help visitors interpret historical events and provide an opportunity to reflect on the past.
In addition to docent guided tours, JAMO offers self-guided tours. If you prefer the self-guided option, please confirm availability in advance.
Pricing & Scheduling
Museum and Plaza Tours
$25 per docent needed plus:
$8 per adult
$6 per senior
$5 per student.
For student groups, up to three adult chaperones can be admitted for free.
To schedule your group for one of our programs, please fill out the Request Form two–four weeks in advance. If you have additional questions, you can contact the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-224-1458.
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