Museums relating to the Willamette Valley

From http://www.peak.org/~lewisb/oregonmus.html (From the Pocket Guide to Oregon Museums published annually by the Oregon Museums Association).  Also see Oregon Museums Online.

Albany Fire Museum. 120 34th St. SE, Albany 97321 (541-967-4389). History of fire suppression. By appointment only. 

Albany Regional Museum. 302 Ferry St. SW, Albany 97321 (541-967-6540). Historic and cultural artifacts and changing displays important to the Linn County and Albany Area.

Pacific Northwest Museum of Natural History. 1500 East Main, Ashland 97520 (541-488-1084). Realistic, interactive hands-on interpretations of the ecosystems found in the Pacific Northwest.

Fort Clatsop National Memorial. E. of Rt 101, 5 mi. SE of Astoria (503-861-2471). Replica of Lewis and Clark's winter quarters; interpretive exhibits; library; gift shop. 

Old Aurora Colony Museum. 2nd and Liberty 97002 (503-678-5754). Preserving the history of a German Christian Communal Society. 

National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Highway 86, Flagstaff Hill, Baker City 97814, 5 mi east of I-84 (541-523-1843). Oregon Trail history exhibits, living history, theater, special exhibits, hiking trails. 

Linn County Historical Museum. 101 Park Ave 97327 (541-466-3390). Features historical exhibits, gift shop and video theatre. 

Benton County Historical Museum. 1101 Main Street, Philomath, Oregon, (541) 929-6230.  Local and regional historical exhibits, focusing on Benton County history. 

Cottage Grove Museum. Birch and H Sts., Cottage Grove 97424 (541-942-3963). Industrial, farm, mining, household tools. Bohemia Mines memorabilia. 19th century octagonal church, original stained glass. 

Applegate Pioneer Museum. Crow, 97487 (541-935-1836 or 935-2539). 

Polk County Museum. 187 SW Court St., Dallas 97338 (503-623-6251). Pioneer, American Indian, logging, agriculture, Camp Adair displays, genealogy files. 

Brunk House. 5705 Salem Dallas Hwy 97338, 6 miles west of Salem on Hwy 22 (503-623-2669). Restored 1861 farmstead, furnished for the period of 1860-1920. Built for the Harrison-Brunk family, Oregon Trail pioneers of 1849. 

Canyon Life Museum.  143 Wall St., Mill City OR, (503) 897-4088.

Lane County Historical Museum. 740 West 13th Ave., Eugene 97402 (541-687-4239). Preserves & interprets history of Lane County from 1840s-1930s. Historic Vehicles, Oregon Trail Exhibition.

Mount Pisgah Arboretum. 38901 Frank Parrish Rd., Eugene 97405 (541-747-3817). More than 7 miles of all-weather trails lead visitors through 200 acres of diverse ecological habitats. 

University of Oregon Museum of Natural History. 1680 E. 15th Ave., Eugene 97403 (541-346-3024). Specializing in Oregon natural history, exhibits feature anthropological, archaeological, and natural science topics. Museum store. 

The Heritage Museum. 112 S. 3rd, Independence 97351 (503-838-4989). Former Baptist church,1888. Covered wagon, schoolroom, parlor, tools, photos, Native American artifacts. 

Lee House-Junction City Historical Museum. 655 Holly St., Junction City 99448 (541-998-6154). Pioneer wagon trains to Scandinavian immigrants. 

Lincoln County Historical Society Museums. 545 SW 9th, Newport 97365 (541-265-7509). Log cabin &1895 Victorian house. Native American, maritime and coastal settlement history. Research library. 

Oakridge-Westfir Pioneer Museum. 76433 Pine St., Oakridge 97463 (541-782-2402 or 541-782-3904). Historical artifacts of the upper Willamette. 

Oregon Historical Society: Oregon History Center. 1200 SW Park 97205, Portland (503-222-1741). Permanent and changing exhibitions, educational programs, regional research library, publisher, museum store.

Robert Newell House Museum. 8089 Champoeg Rd. NE, St. Paul (503-678-5537). Pioneer homestead with 1850-60 period furnishings. Original pioneer school house and jail. 

Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin Museum. Champoeg State Park (503-633-2237). Historic log cabin, artifacts from Oregon Trail and Pioneer Oregon. Exhibits of pioneer life. 

Marion County Historical Society Museum. 260 12th St SE, Salem 97301, at the NW corner of Mission Mill Village (503-364-2128). Kalapuyan and historic exhibits; research library. 

Mission Mill Museum. 1313 Mill St SE, Salem 97301. I-5 exit 253, west on Mission St, follow visitor information signs (503-585-7012). Woolen mill museum with working turbine and loom, Methodist mission houses, shops, cafe. 

Silverton Country Museum. 428 S Water St., Silverton 97381 (503-873-4766). The building is a 1908 home. Photographs and artifacts of Silverton Area farming and logging. 

Springfield Museum. 590 Main St., Springfield 97477 (541-726-2300). Located in a restored power transformer station. Historic Springfield Interpretive Center. Changing exhibits. Museum store. 

Dorris Ranch. Intersection of South Second and Dorris Sts., Springfield 97477 (541-726-4325). Living history farm includes operating filbert orchard, river-front forest, historic structures, year-round tours and programs. 

Santiam Historical Museum. 260 N Second Ave., Stayton 97383 (503- 769-1406). 1928 women's clubhouse houses Santiam Valley artifacts, pictures, medical equipment, tools, lanterns and more. 

East Linn Museum. 746 Long St., Sweet Home 97386 (541-367-4580). Linn County artifacts. Pictures. Documents from 1850-1940. Emphasis on logging and mining items and household furnishings. 




Created by Jennifer Gilden.
Last updated (all links checked) February 25, 2003.