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A New Museum for Portland

Honoring Portland Chinatown's Past
Celebrating its Present
Helping to Create its Future

Portland Chinatown Museum Summer Hours

Thursday - Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Adult                       $8
Senior                      $6
Student                    $5
Child (12 Under)      Free

Curator's Group Tours Monday through Wednesday by Reservation Only. Call: 503-224-0008


Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland’s Historic Chinatowns

Beyond the Gate was created as a temporary exhibit for the Oregon Historical Society by Dr. Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis, Curator, with the help of Jennifer Fang Associate Curator, and Carey Wong, noted theater and opera set designer, as Exhibition Designer. It was presented for three months in spring, 2016 as a companion to the New York City show Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion and then dismantled. The Portland Chinatown Museum is deeply grateful to the Oregon Historical Society for enabling us to develop with the Chinese community the story of Portland's early Chinatowns as an exhibition and to bring that story home.


Courtesy of Jeff Lee Photography and Janine Wong


Courtesy of Jeff Lee Photography




The Color of Black and White: The Lens of Two Generations

Jeff Lee
and Eugene Lee

June 27 to September 1, 2019

Jeff Lee's black and white landscapes of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Northwest are juxtaposed and reflected by a collection of Portland streetscapes and abstract compositions by his father Eugene Lee, born on the edge of Chinatown.

Jeff Lee is a Portland-based commercial photographer, whose fine art photography centers on the natural landscape and capturing the beauty and emotion of the moment. Through the practice of shooting black and white film, he has developed a strong formalist approach that highlights shape, form, and pattern.

Eugene Lee (1924-2017) spent his formative years with Portland’s Chinatown community and took up photography and darkroom development while in the Philippines during World War II. During the 1960s, Lee honed these skills under the tutelage of Minor White, Ruth Bernhard, Brett Weston, and Imogen Cunningham.

The Color of Black and White is the second installment of the Portland Chinatown Museum's new series of exhibitions celebrating the work of Portland Chinatown artists.
Stories My Mother & Father Told Me

Dmae Roberts

June 27
5:30-7:00 PM

Renowned writer, producer, media and theater artist, and founder of Portland's Theater Diaspora, Dmae Roberts will screen her 2015 documentary film Mei Mei: A Daughter's Song and read from her recent book Letting Go Trilogies: Stories of a Mixed Race Family (2016).

Tickets: $10/Museum Member, $12/Non-Museum Member

Visit Us!

The Portland Chinatown Museum is located in the heart of the New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District:

127 NW Third Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2925 Portland, OR 97208
(503) 224-0008

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Photo: Courtesy May Chang, Courtesy Jeff Lee Photography.

Photo: Courtesy May Chang, Courtesy Jeff Lee Photography.

Annual Membership

You can support the Portland Chinatown Museum and its mission through the purchase of an annual membership for yourself or your family. We offer pricing for seniors, educators, students, families, and Friends of the Museum. For more info about higher-level memberships and associated benefits, contact jackie@portlandchinatown.org.

Prices & Benefits

Contributing Member (2 complimentary passes): $125
Family (up to 5 members): $100
Spouses: $75
Individual: $50
Seniors: $35
Educators: $30
Students: $25

Free admission to Portland Chinatown Museum, Invitation to Members' Only Exhibit Previews, Discounted program and special events pricing, 10% discount for purchases in Museuem Store.

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Membership Includes: Free Admission to Museum and all Member Events, 10% off all Ticketed Programs & Store Purchases, Invitation to all Patron Previews and Annual Patron Party, and Recognition on Major Donor Panel

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The construction of the Portland Chinatown Museum is made possible by generous grants from:

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The Portland Chinatown Museum is operated by the Portland Chinatown History Foundation, a 501c3 not for profit charitable foundation registered in the state of Oregon.
Banner: New Chinatown development c. 1910 from Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland's Historic Chinatowns. Courtesy of Oregon Historical Society