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

Portland Chinatown Museum Spring 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.


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


Introducing a New Six Part Series

Stories My Mother & Father Told Me

Jenny M. Chu & Jake Vermaas

April 28th 2:30-4:00 PM
at the Portland Chinatown Museum

Portland poets Jenny M. Chu and Jake Vermass reading new works in progress. Chu’s piece, “My parents owned a restaurant….,” recently debuted at the Restaurant Babies event at the Wing Luke Museum. Vermaas’ performance of “Where I got that name” and “First Fruits” was first introduced at the AWP Filipinx reading in March, 2019.

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

Stories My Mother & Father Told Me is a new storytelling series featuring a diverse array of storytellers and presenters throughout 2019. The series explores aspects of the Asian American immigrant experiences through the generations.

Stories My Mother & Father Told Me is sponsored in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities.

Stories My Mother & Father Told Me

Tracy Wong

Stories of My Dad: Jewish Baseball Legend, Civil Rights Activist, Human Shield, Mayor of Chinatown & More

May 7th 5:30-7:00 PM
at the Portland Chinatown Museum

As part of its ongoing "Stories My Mother and Father Told Me" series, the Portland Chinatown Museum is pleased to present an evening with Tracy Wong, founder of WONGDOODY ad agency.

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

Stories My Mother & Father Told Me

Helen Zia

In Conversation with Helen Zia, author of Last Boat Out of Shanghai

May 29th 5:00-6:30 PM
at the Portland Chinatown Museum

The Portland Chinatown Museum is honored to present, acclaimed writer, journalist, and activist Helen Zia, in conversation with writer Putsata Reang to discuss Zia’s new book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai. A book-signing will follow the conversation and audience discussion.

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


Man of Letters
A Retrospective Exhibition

Allen Q. Wong

April 4th through June 17th, 2019
at the Portland Chinatown Museum

In fifteen original compositions of English letters and Chinese characters formed in pen and brush work, Man of Letters traces the career of acclaimed Oregon calligrapher Allen Wong. Youngest son of Wong On, poet, and founder of Hung Far Low. Allen spent 19 years as a graphic designer in New York City before returning to Oregon to start the Graphic Arts program at Oregon State University. Influenced by Lloyd Reynold’s modern calligraphy movement, Wong developed his own style of abstract impressionist Chinese calligraphy. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe.

Man of Letters is the first installment of the Portland Chinatown Museum's new series of exhibitions celebrating the work of Portland Chinatown artists.

A commemorative keepsake for the 15th Anniversary of the Valley Calligraphy Guild. Lettering by Allen Q. Wong, printed by Classic Letterpress, and assembled by Sandy Tilcock, Bookbinder,. Copyright, 1991. With permission of the Valley Calligraphy Guild, Eugene, Oregon.

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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

Friend of the Museum: $100
Household/Family: $75
Individual: $45
Seniors: $30
Educators: $30
Students: $20

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.

Memberships can be purchased at the museum, by mail, or online in the near future. **Memberships that are mailed must be sent to P.O. Box 2925 Portland, OR 97208

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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