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Jeremain Nunah House in historic Jacksonville, Oregon

The Jeremiah Nunan House.  Built ca 1892, it is only one of the many historical buildings located in Jacksonville, Oregon.  The community has been designated a National Historic Landmark Community.




Historical Museum Guide for Oregon

A directory of Historical Museums in Oregon, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to Oregon?  A visit to these Oregon history museums and historical societies will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.  Visit a historical museum and gain insight into the history of early Oregon people and the way they lived.

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Oregon History Museums

Baker County

Adler House Museum

The 1889 Italianate house was once occupied by Baker City philanthropist Leo Adler.  Today, guided tours are offered in this home with original furnishings.  Located at 2305 Main Street in Baker City, OR.

Baker Heritage Museum 

[Photo Archives]

Housed inside the 1920 Natatorium, the museum features displays of the rich history of Baker County and the surrounding region.  Exhibits include mining, timber, ranching, agriculture, Chinese culture and items from early Baker Citiy life.  Formerly the Oregon Trail Regional Museum, it is located at 2480 Grove Street in Baker City, Oregon.

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center  


Perched on Flagstaff Hill, from the Interpretive Center, you can view almost 7 miles of the Oregon trail ruts which still remain today.  From the top of Flagstaff Hill, travelers of the Oregon Trail could see the distant Oregon land to which they were making their way.  Dioramas, an amphitheater and living history programs, explain and interpret what it was like to travel the Oregon Trail to a new homeland.

Sumpter Municipal Museum & Public Library  

The museum is housed in an 1899 Mercantile building.  Collections are focused on the history Sumpter, Oregon and maintains an archives of Sumpter photographs.  Located at 245 S. Mill Street in Sumpter, OR.


Benton County

Benton County Historical Museum

Housed in the old United Brethren College, the history museum contains over 65,000 items depicting the heritage of Benton County, Oregon along with a large collection of historical photos and documents. Located at 1101 Main Street in Philomath, OR.


Clackamas County

End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center 

Operations of the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center have ceased as of April 2009.

McLoughlin House

Erected in 1846, the house was home to Dr. John McLoughlin (early pioneer who established Fort Vancouver in 1825).  Dr. McLouglin lived in the home until his death in 1857.  The house has been a museum since 1910.  Visitors delight in the authentic furnishings, artifacts and early photos as they are transported back in time to the days of the "American West".  Located at 713 Center Street in Oregon City, OR.

Milwaukie Historical Museum

The former George Wise family farmhouse was built in 1865 on Lake Road.  This historic house has been moved and restored by the Milwaukie Historical Society.  Guided tours by appointment.  Call 503-654-2292.  Located at 3737 SE Adams Street in Milwaukie, OR.

Museum of the Oregon Territory

The museum which overlooks beautiful Willamette Falls, features exhibits of woven baskets and artifacts from local tribal communities, the Kaegi Pharmacy, Oregon City's mills, the Willamette meteorite and other items and artifacts related to the local history of Oregon City, Oregon. Visitors will get a spectacular view of the Willamette Falls from the top floor of the museum and researchers may want to visit the research library. Located at 211 Tumwater Drive in Oregon City, OR.

Phillip Foster Farm

Phillip foster was one of Oregon's earliest pioneers.  His farm and home in Eagle Creek, Oregon played an important role in the history of Barlow Road.  Phillip Foster helped fund, build and operate the Barlow Road between 1848 and 1865 guiding thousands of covered wagons into the Willamette Valley.  Today, visitors are allowed to explore the house, store, barn and outbuildings where costumed docent guides will share the history of the farm and area.  Located at 29912 SE Highway 211 in Eagle Creek, OR.

Stevens Crawford Heritage House

This 1908 four-square house was once home to Harley C. Stevens who was one of the founders of Oregon City.  The 3 story home features 15 furnished rooms filled with period furnishings.  Located at 603 Sixth Street in Oregon City, OR.


Clatsop County

Astoria Downtown Historic District

[Map of Downtown]  [History of Astoria]

The Astoria Downtown Historic District is an area of 38 blocks between 5th and 17th Streets to the west and east and Exchange Street and River to the south and north.  Shopping, Dining and special events make it a happening place for visitors.

Clatsop County Heritage Museum

[Clatsop County History]

Housed inside the old Astoria City Hall building, the museum holds the Clatsop County Historical Society's Archive and it is the local history museum.  Museum exhibits feature artifacts and historical items from the Chinook and Clatsop Indians, logging and fishing industries and collections of tools, equipment and photographs.  The Archive features a research library where visitors are welcome.  Located at 714 Exchange Street in Astoria, OR.

Columbia River Maritime Museum

Devoted to the Pacific Northwest's maritime history, it has been designated as the "Official" state maritime museum of Oregon.  Featuring 6 galleries, the Great Hall and the Lightship Columbia, the museum is a great place for visitors to learn about the maritime history of Oregon.  Located at 1792 Marine Drive in Astoria, OR.

Flavel House Museum

Completed in 1885, this Queen Anne style house was home to Captain George Flavel (a noted bar pilot and one of Astoria's most influential citizens) and his family.  This lovely home was occupied by Flavel descendants until 1934.  The home has been restored to accurately portray the elegance of the Victorian period and the history of the Flavel family.  A carriage house which is located on the property houses a Visitor Center, museum store, exhibit hall and the administrative offices of the Clatsop County Historical Society.  Located at the corner of 8th Street and Duane Street in Astoria, OR.

Fort Clatsop National Monument


This National Historic Site is the place where the Corps of Discovery camped for the winter of 1805/1806.  A Visitor Center features a replica of Fort Clatsop with an exhibit hall and gift shop.  Films are shown to educate visitors about the history of Fort Clatsop.  Located on Fort Clatsop Road inside Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.

Fort Stevens State Park

[History of Fort Stevens]

[Living History Event Schedule]

[Directions to Fort Stevens State Park]

Constructed near the end of the US Civil War, Fort Stevens was in use during the Civil War and WWII.  The site is being restored and interpreted by Oregon State Parks.  Guided Tours are available during the summer months.  There are many living history events scheduled throughout the year with many of them being Civil War re-enactments.  The Fort Stevens State Park Military Museum is open 7 days a week during the summer hours of the State Park. For location, see: Directions to Fort Stevens State Park

Seaside Historical Society Museum and Butterfield Cottage  [Online Tour

The Seaside Museum is operated by the Seaside Historical Society and strives to collect, preserve and interpret materials relevant to the history of Seaside, Oregon and the surrounding area.  The museum is housed inside the former Butterfield Cottage which was once part of "Seaside" Oregon's first seashore resort.  Butterfield Cottage was built in 1893 on the sea shore but has been moved to the present location to house the museum.  Located at 570 Necanicum Drive in Seaside, Oregon.

Uppertown Firefighters Museum

Housed inside the former North Pacific Brewery built in 1896, the museum features antique firefighting equipment and memorabilia from Clatsop County dating back to 1877.  Featured are a horse drawn ladder wagon and a 1912 American LaFrance Fire fire truck.  Located on the corner of 30th Street and Marine Drive in Astoria, OR.


Columbia County Caples House Museum

[History]  [Photo Gallery]

The Caples House was built in 187 for Dr. Charles Green Caples,  The house was willed in 1959 to the OSSDAR for use as a museum.  Today, the Caples House Museum Complex occupies an entire city block in the historic locality of Columbia City, Oregon where visitors can learn about the history of the area and tour the beautiful home and grounds.  Available for event rental as well.  Located at 1925 First Street in Columbia City, OR.. 

Historic Court House Museum / Columbia County Museum

[Brochure (PDF File)]

The St. Helens Courthouse was built in 1906 and holds a historical museum devoted to the history of St. Helens and Columbia County as well as a research library filled with historical documents and photographs.  Located at 230 Strand Street in St. Helens, OR.

Vernonia Pioneer Museum  

Visitors to the museum will find historical artifacts, Native American items, logging information, photographs, tools and other items related to the life of early settlers in the Nehalem Valley and Columbia County, Oregon.  Located at 511 East Bridge Street in Vernonia, OR.


Coos County Bandon"s Historical Museum

Operated by the Bandon Historical Society and housed inside the old City Hall building, the primary focus of the museum is on the history and heritage of Bandon, Oregon.  Located on the corner of Fillmore Avenue and Highway 101 in Bandon, OR.

Coos Historical and Maritime Museum

Operated by the Coos County Historical Society, the primary theme is "Tidewater Highways" and focus is on the history and heritage of Coos County, Oregon.  Located at 1220 Sherman Avenue in North Bend, OR near Simpson Park and the Visitor Information Center.


Crook County A. R. Bowman Memorial Museum   

Home to the Crook County Genealogical Society, the Bowman Museum is focused on the heritage and local history of Crook County, Oregon.  Featuring area tours, historical and genealogical research assistance, and historical artifacts, the museum is open to the public.  Located at 246 North Main Street in Pineville, OR.


Curry County Agness-Illahe Museum

The museum provides exhibits of petro glyphs, Native American artifacts, CCC exhibits, and the history of of fishing and mining by early settlers of the area.  Located at 34470 Agness-Illahe Road in Agness, OR.

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

The Bureau of Land Management offers lighthouse tours seasonally.  Visitors may climb the spiral stairway to the top of the Cape Blanco Lights Station.  Enjoy the spectacular view of the Oregon coastline and see the lens of the lighthouse.  Built in 1870, the lighthouse holds the distinction of being the oldest continually operating lighthouse in Oregon. Located on Cape Blanco Road just south of Sixes, OR.

Chetco Valley Museum

Housed inside the historic 1857 Blake House, the museum is devoted to sharing the story of the Chetco River and her people.  The Blake House is considered to be the oldest dwelling in the Chetco Valley and once served as a stagecoach stop and trading post.  Located at 158461 Museum Road in Harbor, OR.

Curry Historical Museum

The primary focus of the Curry Historical Museum is on the history of Curry County, Oregon but also the impact of neighboring counties and the State of Oregon as they relate to Curry County.  Operated by the Curry Historical Society, the museum is located at 29419 Ellensburg in Gold Beach, OR.

Hughes House

Built in 1898, the Victorian farmhouse built for early pioneer ranchers Patrick and Jane Hughes. The house has been restored and visitors may tour the historic house built on the dairy ranch.  Located at 91814 Cape Blanco Road in Sixes, OR.

Port Orford Lifeboat Station

The Museum and Interpretive Center tells the story of the need for Lifeboat Stations on the Oregon Coast to provide rescue missions and watch for distress signals along the coastline.  Located at Port Orford Heads State Park.


Deschutes County Deschutes Historical Museum

The museum features relics and historical items related to the history of Deschutes County and the people who have called it home.  From Native Americans to the loggers, railroad barons and pioneer settlers. visitors can learn about all of them.  A research library is on the premises as well.  Located at 129 NW Idaho Avenue in Bend, OR.

High Desert Museum

The museum is dedicated to the understanding of the High Desert's wildlife, culture, art and natural resources.  Living history exhibits centered around the Robbins homestead, depict what it was like to travel the Oregon Trail and settle a homestead in the 19th century.  Located at 59800 S. Highway 97 in Bend, OR.


Douglas County

Douglas County Museum of History and Natural History

The Douglas County Museum features a wide variety of historical artifacts and exhibits but also boasts the largest collection of Oregon natural history.  The museum is devoted to the history of not only Douglas County but the great state of Oregon.  Located at 123 Museum Drive in Roseburg, OR.

Floed Lane House

Built about 1860, the historic house has been headquarters of the Douglas County Historical Society since 1959.  The house holds many historic artifacts related to the history of Douglas County, Oregon.  Built about 1860, the house was Located at 544 S. E. Douglas Avenue in Roseburg, OR.

Umpqua River Lighthouse

The US Coast Guard station built in 1939 is home to the museum of the Umpqua River Lighthouse.  Tours of the lighthouse are given daily from May through October.  The museum features hundreds of documents, photographs and historical artifacts related to the history of the Umpqua River Lighthouse.  Located at 1020 Lighthouse Road in Winchester Bay, OR.


Gilliam County

Gilliam County Historical Museum

[Historical Photo Gallery]

The Gilliam County Historical Society operates a complex of museums devoted to the history of Gilliam County, Oregon.  Featuring historic artifacts and documents, the Depot Museum Complex is located on Highway 19 at Burns Park in Condon, OR.

Historical Buildings in Gilliam County, OR


Grant County

DeWitt Museum

Housed inside the 1910 Prairie City Depot, the DeWitt Museum The train depot has been beautifully restored and the museum collections  reflect what life was like in Grant County, Oregon at the turn of the century along with railroad artifacts and photographs.  Located inside Depot Park at Main and Bridge Street in Prairie City, OR.

Grant County Historical Museum

Focus is on the history of the pioneers who first to came to the Grant County area of Oregon.  Exhibits related to the Native Americans, the miners early pioneer settlers and the Chinese who all played a part in making Grant County what it is today.  Located at 101 South Canyon City Boulevard in Canyon City, OR.

Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site

The museum is housed inside an 1870s building in the town of John Day.  The building served as a medical clinic, general store, community center and religious center for the Chinese community in Oregon.  Today, the site features a museum and an interpretive center.  Located at 519 W. Main Street in John Day, OR.


Harney County

Harney County Historical Museum

[Harney County Historical Museum on Facebook]

The museum features exhibits and artifacts related to the history of the Harney County region of Oregon along with an archaeological exhibit, an exhibit about the pioneer rancher and cattle baron Pete French, and the Edward Hines Lumber Company display.  Located in the high desert of Eastern Oregon at 18 West D Street in Burns, OR.


Hood River County

Hood River County History Museum

[Research Services]

Featuring historical artifacts collected by the Hood River County Historical Society and The Pioneer Society who began the collection in 1907, the museum is open to the public.  An archives of historical documents are open to researchers.  Located at 300 E. Port Marina Drive in Hood River, OR.


Jackson County

Butte Creek Mill and Country Store

Butte Creek Mill is the only grist mill in Oregon still grinding flour.  Visitors can purchase products which are ground in the historic mill the same way it was ground in 1872.  Located at 420 Royal Avenue N. in Eagle Point, OR.

Crater Lake National Park

Eagle Point Museum

The museum features historical artifacts and exhibits related to the history of Eagle Point, OR.  The mill has been in operation since 1872 and still offers flours, baking mixes and other culinary delights.  Located next to Butte Creek Mill at 301 N. Royal Avenue in Eagle Point, OR 94524.

Gold Hill House of Mystery (The Oregon Vortex)

[Area History]  [Photographs]

The Oregon Vortex is a strange place where the improbable is the commonplace and everyday physical facts are reversed.  It is an area of naturally occurring visual and perceptual phenomena which will amaze visitors.  The Gold Hill House was built in 1904 by the Old Grey Eagle Mining Company as an assay office and tool shed.  Closed down in 1911, the house slid off it's foundation a few years later and today is known as the House of Mystery. Located at 4303 Sardine Creek Left Fork Road in Gold Hill, OR.

Historic Jacksonville  

[History & Photos]

The community of Jacksonville has been designated at a National Historic Landmark Community.  The picturesque old west town features over 90 original buildings dating back to the 1850s!  Many have been authentically restored and the result is a national treasure to behold.

E. W. Smith and Bill Edmondson Museum

Housed inside the Dr. E. W. Smith home, the museum highlights the lives of E. W. Smith, photographer and Bill Edmondson who was known for wood carving.  Located at 432 Pine Street in Butte Falls, OR.


Jefferson County Museum at Warm Springs

The museum is focused on the history and culture of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.  Located in Warm Springs, OR.


Josephine County

Applegate Trail Interpretive Center

The Applegate Trail Interpretive Center offers visitors a glimpse into the past through the stories of pioneer settlers.  Learn about the discovery of gold, the impact of the stageline and the building of the railroad.  Located at 500 Sunny Valley Loop in Sunny Valley, OR.

Schmidt House Museum

The Schmidt house was built in 1901 for Claus Schmidt.  The house remains virtually unchanged.  Today, the house is operated by the Josephine County Historical Society and features many original furnishings.  Exhibits inside the house tell the story of the Schmidt family as well as the growth of the community in Grants Pass.  Located at 512 SW Fifth Street in Grants Pass, OR.


Klamath County Klamath County Museum  


The Klamath County Museum in downtown Klamath Falls serves as a leading historical museum for the Upper Klamath Basin. In addition to exhibits, the museum housed in a 1935 National Guard armory contains hundreds of volumes of local records, including military discharges, tax records, court records and more.  Located at 1451 Main Street in Klamath Falls, OR.


Lake County Fort Rock Valley Historical Homestead Museum

This historic museum was put together by the Fort Rock Valley Historical Society.  Several historical buildings comprise the Homestead Village.  Included are St. Rose's Church, the Mekenmair Cabin, Webster Cabin, Dr. Thom's Office, the Bodenhiemer House, the Belletable House, Sunset School, the Fort Stratton House, a wind mill and even a land office.


Lane County

Bohemia Gold Mining Museum

Focus is on the mining history of the Bohemia Mining District.  Collections of photographs, tools, ore samples and other artifacts related to the area's gold mining history.  Located at 737 East Main Street in Cottage Grove, OR.

Cottage Grove Museum

The museum is focused on the history of Cottage Grove, Oregon and surrounding area.  Located at the corner of Birch and H Street in Cottage Grove, OR.

Creswell Historical Museum

Housed inside the former Methodist-Episcopal Church built in 1889, the Creswell Museum features exhibits related to the history and heritage of Creswell, Oregon.  The museum is operated by the Creswell Area Historical Society.  Located at Fifth and Oregon Avenue in Creswell, OR.

Historic Old Town Florence  [Virtual Tour]

This lovely Oregon seacoast town is right on the waterfront and offers antique ships, wine tasting, restaurants, art galleries and more in an historic setting.  Located off Highway 101 in Florence, OR.

Junction City Historical Walking Tour

Lane County Historical Museum

Created to preserve, display and interpret the rich history of Lane County, the museum features historical artifacts and library materials focused on Lane County's heritage.  Located at 740 W. 13th Avenue in Eugene, OR.

The Lee House Museum

[Tour the Museum]

The former home to Dr. Norman L. Lee was built in 1872 and is today used as a museum by the Junction City Historical Society.  Historical artifacts and exhibits tell the story of the early days in Lane County.  Located at Holly & 6th Avenue in Junction City, OR.

Oakridge Pioneer Museum  (need new link)

The Oakridge Museum features historical artifacts and other items related to the history of Oakridge, Oregon.  Located at 76433 Pine Street in Oakridge, OR.

The Pitney House Museum

Housed inside the 1871 home of Mary Pitney, is a collection of Danish historical artifacts from Junction City's first settlers.  Junction City's first jailhouse has been moved to the property next to the house as well.  Located at Holly & 4th Street in Junction City, OR.

Shelton McMurphey Johnson House

[History]  [Family History]

Built in 1888, the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House is open to the public for tours.  Located at 303 Willamette Street in Eugene, OR.

Siuslaw Pioneer Museum

Featuring artifacts, historical photos and documents related to the history of Florence and the Lower Siuslaw Region.  Location is 278 Maple Street in Florence, OR.

Springfield Museum

Springfield Museum on Facebook

Housed in the 1911 Oregon Power Company transformer station, the museum features exhibits and collections devoted to the Springfield area history.  Located at 590 Main Street in downtown Springfield, OR.

University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Take a step back into the past, learn about the present and contemplate the future in the Museum of Natural and Cultural History.  Visitors will experience 15,000 years of Northwest Cultural history and 200 million years of geology through displays and exhibits.  The museum holds one of Oregon's most significant collections of Native American artifacts as well as many items discovered by geologist Dr. Thomas Condon.  Located at 1680 E. 15th Avenue in Eugene, OR.

The Wayne Morse Historical Park

The park is preserving the Wayne Morse Family Farm.  Located at 595 Crest Drive in Eugene, OR.


Lincoln County North Lincoln County Historical Museum

[Historical Highlights of Lincoln County]

Housed in the 1941 Taft-Nelscott-Delake Fire Hall, the museum is operated by the North Lincoln County Pioneer and Historical Assn.  The museum features exhibits related to the history of the North Lincoln County area .  The facility includes a research library.  Located at 4907 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City, OR.

Oregon Coast History Center

[Lincoln County History]

Dedicated to preserving the history of the Central Oregon Coast, you will find the Log Cabin Museum and Burrows House.  Inside the Burrows House, along with the museum, you will find a research library

545 SW 9th St., Newport, Oregon 97365.

Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center

Located on Newport's historic Bayfront at 333 SE Bay Blvd in Newport, OR.


Linn County

Albany Regional Museum


Housed in the former 1887 S. E. Young Company building, the museum features exhibits related to the history of Albany, Oregon and the surrounding area.  A research library is also located on the premises.  Located at 136 Lyon Street S. in Albany, OR.

Canyon Life Museum

Focused on the history of the North Santiam Canyon, the Canyon Life Museum features exhibits and artifacts related tot he people who have called the Canyon home.  Exhibits include logging, mining, mill, farming and Railroad items.  Located at 143 Wall Street in Mill City, OR.

Harrisburg Area Museum / Heritage Park

Housed in a Victorian home filled with items and memorabilia from days gone by The Harrisburg Area Museum is focused on the history of Harrisburg, Oregon.  Located at 490 Smith Street in Harrisburg, OR.

Linn County Historical Museum

Linn County Historical Museum on Facebook

The Linn County Historical Museum is housed inside the Brownsville railroad depot.  Historical artifacts, photographs and documents related to the history of Linn County are held in the collection.  Located at 101 Park Avenue in Brownsville, OR.

Montieth House

[Monteith House on Facebook]

Originally built by Walter and Thomas Monteith who travelled the Oregon Trail in 1847, the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  This 1849 house is reputed to be the most authentically restored home from the pioneer era in the state of Oregon.  Today the Monteith House is operated by the Monteith Historical Society who offers tours to visitors.  Located at 518 Second Avenue, SW in Albany, OR.

The Moyer House

Built in 1881 by John Moyer, this beautiful Italianate Villa style home is a museum and can be toured.  Located at 101 Park Avenue in Brownsville, OR.

Scio Historical Society Depot Museum on Facebook

Housed inside the old West Scio Train Depot, the museum features historical items, documents and records related to the history fo Scio and the surrounding communities including Crabtree, Shelburn, Jordan, and Thomas.  Located at 39004 NE First in Scio, OR.

Shedd Museum

Visitors will find Shedd family history and memorabilia related to the Shedd community, the Civil War and The Oregon Trail.  Located at 29990 First St. E in Shedd, OR.


Malheur County

Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum

The museum is focused on the early settlement of the SW Idaho and Eastern Oregon area.  Early settlers included Northern Paiutes, Hispanics, Basques, Japanese Americans and Euro-Americans.  Located  at 676 SW 5th Avenue in Ontario, OR.


Marion County

Marion County Historical Society and Museum

The museum and education center are housed in the former Thomas Kay Woolen Mill Retail Store.  The primary focus is on the heritage of the Marion County area of Oregon.  A research library is features holdings of historical documents, maps, city directories, books and photographs.  Located at 260 12th Street SE in Salem, OR.

Willamette Heritage Museum at the Mill


The William Heritage Center at the Mill is a unification between the former Mission Mill Museum and the Marion County Historical Society.  The complex features the 1841 Jason Lee house, the 1841 Methodist Parsonage, the 1847 John Boon Home, 1858 Pleasant Grove Church and the 1896 Thomas Kay Woolen Mill.  Visitors will enjoy living history activities, exhibits and events.  A research library and archives has been established at the Willamette Heritage Center as well.  Located at 1313 Mill Street SE in Salem, OR.

Old Aurora Colony Museum

Focus of the museum is on the history and crafts of the Colony families.  The buildings and artifacts have been passed down for generations.  Hands-on activities and craft demonstrations give visitors the opportunity to experience farm life in the late 1800s.  Located at 15018 Second Street NE in Aurora, OR.


Morrow County Morrow County Museum

[Photos]  [Morrow County Agriculture Museum]

The Morrow County Museum features an extensive collection of historical artifacts related to the history of Morrow County, Oregon including pioneer, homesteading and agricultural items.  Exhibits about the rural history in the Northwest are on display.  The collection includes historical photographs, Native American objects and rural history.  Located in Heppner, OR.


Multnomah County

photo of multnomah falls, Oregon.

Multnomah Falls

Crown Point and Vista House

[Virtual Tour and Photographs]

Vista House was built on Crown Point in 1916 at the same time as Highway 30 (The Columbia River Gorge Highway).  Vista House was built to be a place for visitors to stop for refreshment and enjoy the Columbia Gorge.  Today, the historic site houses a museum, gift shop and interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the Columbia Gorge.

Gresham Historical Museum

[Gresham History]  [Photos]

Focused on the preservation of the history of Gresham and the surrounding area, it is operated by the Gresham Historical Society.  Located in historic downtown Gresham, OR at 410 North Main.

Harlow House Museum

Built in 1900 on Harlow Farm by Fred E. Harlow, son of Captain John Harlow, Troutdale's founder, the home was occupied by several pioneer families of Troutdale including the Harlow and Evans families.  Today it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and houses a museum.  The grounds are part of the Troutdale City Park System.  Located at 726 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.

Multnomah Falls

Visitors will enjoy the breathtaking site of the Multnomah Falls.  Known as the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States, it drops 620 feet from Larch Mountain.  It is located just 20 minutes east of Troutdale and is found along the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway.

Rail Depot Museum

Built in 1907, the Union Pacific Railroad Depot is part of Troutdale's Depot Park and operated as a museum.  Located at 473 E. Historic Columbia River Highway in Troutdale, OR.

Troutdale Historical Society Barn Museum

The Barn Museum was constructed by the members of the Troutdale Historical Society and features historical artifacts, photos, and antique farm equipment.  Located at 732 E. Historic Columbia River Highway in Troutdale, OR.


Polk County

Brunk House

Operated by the Polk County Historical Society, the Brunk House was built in 1861.  The 2 story farm home is filled with period furnishings and antiques.  Outside, visitors will find a historic garden and outbuildings.  Located at 5745 Highway 22 in Salem, OR.

Independence Heritage Museum 

Housed in the former 1888 Baptist Church Exhibits include a covered wagon, old schoolroom, tools, photos, Native American items and other historical artifacts related to the history of Independence and the surrounding area.  Located at 112 S. 3rd Street in Independence, OR.

Jensen Arctic Museum

Focused on the arctic culture, the museum features exhibits of art, tools, apparel and information about indigenous arctic people.  Located at Western Oregon University at 590 W. Church Street in Monmouth, OR.

Polk County Museum

The Polk County Museum features exhibits and historical artifacts related to the heritage and history of Polk County, Oregon.  Located on the Polk County Fairgrounds at 520 S. Pacific Highway West in Rickreall, OR.


Sherman County

Sherman County Historical Museum


Featuring over 15,000 artifacts used in Native American families, Oregon Trail migration, rural households, churches, schools, agriculture, ranching and military units, the museum is devoted to the collection, preservation and exhibition of items related to the history of the Sherman County are of Oregon.  Located at 200 Dewey Street in Moro, Oregon.


Tillamook County

History Timeline of Tillamook County

Garibaldi Museum of Maritime History 

[About Captain Robert Gray]

The Garibaldi Museum was chartered to preserve the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest.  Focus is on Captain Gray and his historical vessels, the Lady Washington and the Columbia Rediviva and their role in the trade with Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest.  Located at 112 Garibaldi Avenue in Garibaldi, OR.

Tillamook County Pioneer Museum


The museum holds over 35,000 historical objects plus 10,000 photographs related to the history and heritage of the north coast of Oregon.  Focus is on the preservation and interpretation of the cultural heritage of North Oregon's coast.  The museum has a library collection of over 3000 volumes and many of the materials are devoted to genealogy.  Located at 2106 Second Street in Tillamook, OR.


Umatilla County

Frazier Farmstead Museum

[Frazier Family Genealogy]   [Milton - Freewater History]

Built in 1892 by William Samuel Frazier, the house was occupied by members of the Frazier family for almost a century.  Sitting on 6 acres, the house was willed to the Milton-Freewater Area Foundation by descendants of the family and holds a collection of antique furnishings and historical household items most which are original to the home.  Other buildings on the property include a 1918 barn, a carriage house and others which are an integral part of a turn-of-the-century working farm.  The house and grounds are available for rental.  Located at 1403 Chestnut Street in Milton-Freewater, OR.

Heritage Station Museum

Operated by the Umatilla County Historical Society, the museum features exhibits related to the history of Umatilla County, Oregon with artifacts and items used by Indian tribes, explorers, trappers and early pioneers.  Located at 108 SW Frazier in downtown Pendleton, OR.


Union County

Union County Museum

The museum is focused on the history of Union County, Oregon and features exhibits about the Homestead Act of 1862, Cowboys, agriculture, timber and holds historical artifacts and objects relevant to the county's past.  Located at 333 South Main Street in Union, OR.


Wasco County

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

Located at 5000 Discovery Drive in The Dalles, OR.

Dufur Historical Museum & Threshing Bee

The Dufur Historical Society operates a small museum focused on the history of Dufur, Oregon.  The Threshing Bee is a wheat harvest done using old time machinery and draft horses as they would have done at the turn of the 20th century.  The society holds an annual Threshing Bee and other events to benefit the museum and society.  Located at 93 N. Main Street in Dufur, OR.

Fort Dalles Museum and Anderson Homestead

[Fort Dalles Museum on Facebook]

[Anderson Homestead]

Housed inside the historic Fort Dalles Surgeon's Quarters which is the only remaining structure of the Fort.  The museum features pioneer and military artifacts, antique wagons and other items related to the history to the military fort which was built during the 1800s.  A tour of the Anderson Homestead is included with your paid admission to the Fort Dalles Museum.  The Swedish log homestead was built in 1895.  Located at 500 West 15th Street in The Dalles, OR.

The Museum at Warm Springs

[Exhibits and Events]  [History]

The museum holds one of the most exquisite collections of Plateau Native American artifacts in North America.  On summer weekends, the Tribal Members perform demonstrations of their arts, history and culture for visitors.  The Museum at Warm Springs strives to preserve the traditions and artifacts of this nation's indigenous peoples.  Located at 2189 Highway 26 in Warm Springs, OR.

Seufert Visitor Center at The Dalles Dam

Located on Highway 197 in The Dalles, OR.

Wasco County Historical Museum / Columbia Gorge Discovery Center  

[Historical Photo Archive]

Focus is on the natural and cultural treasures of the Columbia Gorge and Wasco County.  Collections include American Indian baskets and artifacts, a photo archives, local genealogical files and exhibits related to the volcanic upheaval and raging floods which created the Gorge.  Located at 5000 Discovery Drive in The Dalles, OR.

Wasco County Historical Society and the Rorick House

The Moody / Rorick House was built in 1850 and is home to the Wasco County Historical Society who maintains the home and strives to collect, preserve and disseminate the history of Wasco County, Oregon.  Located at 300 West 13th Street in The Dalles, OR.


Washington County

Washington County Museum

[Washington County Heritage Online]

Focused on the history of Washington County, the museum features exhibits and historical artifacts related to the rich heritage of the Washington County area of Oregon.  Located at 120 E. Main Street in Hillsboro, OR.  The Museum also operates The Robert L. Benson Research Library and Archives at Portland Community College - Rock Creek Campus at 17667 NW Springville Road in Portland, OR.


Yamhill County Hoover - Minthorn Museum House  


Known as the first residence erected in what is now Newburg, Oregon, this Italianate style house was built by Jesse Edwards in 1881 and was home to Herbert Hoover between 1885 and 1889.  Today the house is owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Oregon.  Furnishings inside the home range from President Hoover's bedroom set he used as a boy to historical items and antiques found in the Newberg area.  Located at 115 S. River Street in Newberg, OR.

Yamhill County Historical Museum

The museum is operated by the Yamhill County Historical Society and features two buildings:

  • The Poling Memorial Church was built in 1892 and served as the Evangelical Church of Lafayette until 1870.  Today it holds historical artifacts and antiques related to the history of Yamhill County, Oregon. 

  • Miller Log Cabin Museum was built in memory of the John G. Baker family and other early pioneers of Yamhill County.  The cabin houses the Ruth Stoller Research Library downstairs which is filled with genealogical materials.  Upstairs, visitors will find quilts, Native American items, and antique furnishings.

The museum is located at 605 Market Street in Lafayette, OR.

Yamhill Valley Heritage Center

The Museum complex features a saw mill, blacksmith shop, and a large exhibit of antique farm vehicles.  Located on Highway 18 at Durham Lane just south of McMinnville, OR.


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