The University of Portland Museum was founded in 1984 by former history professor and Museum Director, Dr. James Covert, but collecting materials for the museum began even earlier in 1976 with donations from University departments and alumni. With the assistance of the Museum Curator, Donald Dinsmore (1984-September 2007), the Museum was officially opened to the public in 1992.
The Museum contains memorabilia and photographs about the University’s historical, religious, cultural, and educational history. A permanent Museum is on display in the basement of Shipstad Hall, room 014, and is open to the public on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; and also by appointment. In addition, the Museum has rotating collections in display cases on campus and for special event venues such as annual alumni reunions, School of Nursing anniversary celebrations, and Shiley Hall Dedication.
To learn more about the University of Portland’s history stop by the Museum to view the historical, religious, social, academic, and athletic memorabilia and photographs on display.