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It's Here! A New Museum for


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

WHAT: The Portland Chinatown Museum

WHERE: 127 NW Third Avenue Portland OR, 97209

WHEN: Soft Opening Summer Hours

Thursday 3:00 - 8:00 PM
Friday 1:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 - 5:00 PM

Adults $5
Children Under 12 Free

 Photo: N.W. Chinese Fistology Lion Dancer. Dean Wong,  Made In Chinatown, USA: Portland.  Courtesy Portland Chinatown Museum.

Photo: N.W. Chinese Fistology Lion Dancer. Dean Wong, Made In Chinatown, USA: Portland. Courtesy Portland Chinatown Museum.

Grand Opening December 2018

An Expanded Permanent Version of

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 with the help of Carey Wong, Exhibition Designer, Jennifer Fang, Associate Curator, and the Portland Chinatown History Foundation. It was presented for three months in spring, 2016 and then dismantled. We are deeply grateful to the Oregon Historical Society for helping the Foundation bring the Chinatown community’s story home.

June 7 - September 30, 2018


A collection of photographs documenting the complexity, vibrancy, beauty, and pride of Chinatown and its people by Portland Chinatown Museum's first Artist in Residence, Dean Wong.

A nationally acclaimed photographer, Dean Wong, is a second-generation Chinese American born and raised in Seattle's Chinatown-International District. His book Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown was praised by the New York Times as an "eloquent documentation of complex and evolving communities."

Held over by popular demand for the month of September.

September Programs & Events

September 1: Iconoclast Street Fair Organized by the Old Town Community       Association.
      Free Museum Admission w/ Purchase from our Booth on NW 3rd Avenue.

September 6: First Thursday.
      Continuing, Dean Wong, Made in Chinatown USA: Portland. 5:30 - 8:00       PM. Free Admission.

 Courtesy Dr. Marie Rose Wong.

Courtesy Dr. Marie Rose Wong.

 Courtesy Chin Music Press, Seattle, 2018.

Courtesy Chin Music Press, Seattle, 2018.


September 20: Stories from Chinatown by Chinatown’s Elders. 5:30 - 7:30 PM.
      Part 2 of a monthly Thursday evening series this fall. A casual, in-the-round       storytelling session. Free to members. $10 for non members.

 Courtesy Jenny Chu.

Courtesy Jenny Chu.

 Courtesy Joe Kye.

Courtesy Joe Kye.

For information about ticketing, email info@portlandchinatown.org. Online ticketing coming soon.

 Ivan Mui stands in front of Mui family owned Republic Café. Photo from: Dean Wong's  Made In Chinatown, USA: Portland.  

Ivan Mui stands in front of Mui family owned Republic Café. Photo from: Dean Wong's Made In Chinatown, USA: Portland. 


September 13: Building Tradition: Defining Chinatown. 5:30 - 7:30 PM. $5       Admission. Free to Members.
      Thursday Evening Lecture and Discussion with Dr. Marie Rose Wong, author       of Sweetcakes: Long Journey about Portland's historic Chinatowns. Book       launch of her new Building Tradition: Pan-Asian Seattle and Life in the       Residential Hotels (Chin Music Press, 2018).

 Courtesy Portland Chinatown Museum.

Courtesy Portland Chinatown Museum.


September 27: Fundraiser for Portland Chinatown Museum Featuring Guest       Artist Joe Kye. 5:30 - 8:00 PM.
      A two hour performance from his album Migrants, by the acclaimed       violinist-looper, vocalist, and composer Joe Kye.
      Opening Performer: Jenny Chu, poet and spoken word artist.
      Admission $25. Beverages available for purchase.

Coming in October

October 4: Opening of Descendent Threads.
An exhibition celebrating the diverse mixed-media works created by three contemporary Asian American women artists, Ellen George, Roberta Wong and Lynn Yarne. Their artworks illuminate/trace the wildly varied paths they have chosen to embrace their Old Town/Chinatown/Japantown roots and Asian American identities, reflecting their very different upbringings as women, Asians, and Americans.

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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
(503) 224-0008

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Special Membership Opportunity Supporting the Opening of Beyond the Gate

Lifetime Membership for Two includes:

Free Admission to Museum and all Member Events, 10% off all Ticketed Programs & Store Purchases, Invitation to all Exhibit Previews, Annual Party, and Name on Major Donor Panel


Lifetime Membership Offer expires December 1, 2018
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To Donate to the Museum:

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