List of museums in Oregon

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This list of museums in Oregon encompasses museums defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included. Lists of Oregon institutions which are not museums are noted in the "See also" section, below.

Below the main list are separate lists for defunct museums, alternate names for some Oregon museums and a list of museums encompassed by the Antique Powerland Museums.


Main list

To use this sortable table, click on the icons at the top of each column to sort that column in alphabetical order; click again for reverse alphabetical order. The "Type" entries are meant to suggest the main subject or subjects the museum covers, with words immediately after hyphens indicating either the museum's focus within that subject or a related subject. "History - Local", for instance, indicates a museum focuses on local history. A slash mark ("/") indicates a largely unrelated subject also covered by the museum. The Type column describes only the major 1–3 topics covered by the museum. Web links in the Summary section are identified as "Website" for a link to the institution's official website; "Web page" for a link to an official Web page (usually when the website covers a larger organization that encompasses the museum), or, if neither are available, "Information" for an unofficial web page. Summary section entries give slightly more detailed descriptions, a sense of the area of study, and unusual features.

3D Center of Art and PhotographyPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroArtWebsite; antique and contemporary 3D imagery
A. C. Gilbert's Discovery VillageSalemMarionWillamette ValleyChildren'sHands-on museum that displays several inventions by Alfred Carlton Gilbert inventor of the Erector Set; has world's largest Erector Set tower at 52 feet (16 m)
A. R. Bowman Memorial MuseumPrinevilleCrookCentralHistory - LocalCovers Crook County history, including the City of Prineville Railroad, the local timber industry, and a military exhibit
Agness-Illahe MuseumAgnessCurryCoastHistory - LocalWeb page; information, run by the Curry Historical Society
Albany Regional MuseumAlbanyLinnWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalWebsite; local history museum in an 1887 Italianate Victorian building
Anderson HomesteadThe DallesWascoMt. Hood/
The Gorge
Historic houseWeb page; 1895 homestead consisting of Swedish log house, granary, and barn; across the street from the Fort Dalles Museum, which provides tours of this homestead
Antique Powerland MuseumsBrooksMarionWillamette ValleyRailroad / MachinerySee "Museums and organizations encompassed by Antique Powerland Museums" section below; Exhibits and demonstrates steam powered equipment, antique farm machinery and implements; includes Oregon Electric Railway Museum and 13 other museums on site
Applegate Pioneer MuseumCrowLaneWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalWest Lane history in pictures and memorabilia[1]
Applegate Trail Interpretive CenterSunny ValleyJosephineSouthernHistory - LocalWebsite, includes pioneer artifacts, impact of gold mining, the stagecoach and railroads
Architectural Heritage CenterPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroArt - ArchitectureWebsite; changing exhibits about architecture and art
Art GymMarylhurstMultnomahPortland MetroArt - ArchitectureContemporary arts exhibition space at Marylhurst University
Asher Car MuseumFossilWheelerEasternTransportation - AutomobileWeb page; Opened about 1970;[2] still in operation as of 2006[3]
Astoria Children's MuseumAstoriaClatsopCoastChildren'sWebsite; interactive learning exhibits; on second floor of the Uppertown Firefighters Museum
Astoria ColumnAstoriaClatsopCoastHistory - LocalWebsite;
Astoria Riverfront TrolleyAstoriaClatsopCoastTransportation - Trolley
Baker CabinCarverClackamasPortland MetroHistoric house / Historic churchWebsite; only cantilevered log cabin in state (on National Register of Historic Places listings in Oregon), built 1856, open by appointment; also, 1895 Pioneer Church and antique stage coach
Baldwin Hotel MuseumKlamath FallsKlamathSouthernHistory - LocalWeb page; Local history and the studio of photographer Maud Baldwin in a four-story 1906 building; run by Klamath County Museums organization
Bandon Historical Society MuseumBandonCoosCoastHistory - LocalWebsite; Local history of the area, Native American artifacts, displays on logging, fishing, cranberry farming and the 1936 fire that destroyed the city; maritime room
Barn MuseumTroutdaleMultnomahPortland MetroHistory / Farm implementsWeb page; displays farm equipment and other artifacts; exhibits on various historical topics; run by the Troutdale Historical Society
Beekman House (Jacksonville)JacksonvilleJacksonSouthernHistoric houseWeb page; Closed as of May 2008; former home of C. C. Beekman, a prominent Jacksonville banker; run by the Southern Oregon Historical Society
Benton County Historical Society and MuseumCorvallisBentonWillamette ValleyHistory - Local / Natural historyWebsite; County history; now incorporates 60,000-items related to natural history from the former Oregon State University Horner Museum; research library; art gallery; in the 1867 Philomath College building on the National Register of Historic Places
Blue Sky GalleryPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroArtPhotography gallery
Bohemia Gold Mining MuseumCottage GroveLaneWillamette ValleyMiningInformation; area's gold mining history
Bonneville Dam Visitor CentersBonnevilleMultnomahPortland MetroDam - Visitor center
Brooks Depot MuseumBrooksMarionWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalWebsite; run by the Brooks Historical Society
Brunk HouseSalem/Rickreall at Brunks CornerPolkWillamette ValleyHistoric houseWebsite; information, operated by the Polk County Historical Society Farmstead of 1861, period furnishings of 1860-1920; occupied by the pioneer Harrison Brunk family
Burrows HouseNewportLincolnCoastHistoric houseWebsite; run by the Lincoln County Historical Society, Victorian period house
Bush Barn Art CenterSalemMarionWillamette ValleyArtLocated in Bush's Pasture Park, features two contemporary art galleries
Bush House MuseumSalemMarionWillamette ValleyHistoric houseItalianate Victorian residence built in 1877-78; vintage fittings and furnishings, including original wallpapers and ornate marble fireplaces; located in Bush's Pasture Park
Butterfield CottageSeasideClatsopCoastHistoric houseWeb page; Built in 1893, restored to depict a beach cottage and rooming house of 1912; run by the Seaside Historical Society
Canby Depot MuseumCanbyClackamasPortland MetroRailroad / History - LocalArea history and railroad history, located in a former train depot
Cannon Beach Historical SocietyCannon BeachClatsopCoastHistory - LocalWebsite; Collection includes cannon, Tillamook Rock Lighthouse model, Native American longhouse
Canyon Life MuseumMill CityMarionWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalWebsite; life, logging, mining and railroad history in North Santiam Canyon; photographs; research library; Run by North Santiam Historical Society
Caples House MuseumColumbiaColumbiaPortland MetroHistoric house / ToysWebsite; 1870 home, including a doctor's office, old-fashioned kitchen and pantry; items include antique furniture, medical instruments, Native American baskets, pioneer tools in the wash house and tool shed; a doll museum in the carriage house has two floors of dolls, toys and clothes
Cascade Locks Historical MuseumCascade LocksHood RiverMt. Hood/
The Gorge
MaritimeWebsite, information, local transportation history
Chetco Valley MuseumBrookingsCurryCoastHistory - LocalWebsite; Local history including logging, fishing, bulb farming, ranching, Native American artifacts; claims to have the largest Monterey Cypress Tree in Oregon; run by Curry County Historical Society
Children's Museum (Jacksonville)JacksonvilleJacksonSouthernChildren'sWeb page; Hands-on history exhibits, including a 1920s kitchen, a pioneer cabin, a Native American lodge, a puppet theater, a general store, and a barber shop; in a former jail building next to the Jacksonville Museum; run by the Southern Oregon Historical Society
Children's Museum of Klamath FallsKlamath FallsKlamathSouthernChildren'sWebsite
Children's Museum of Eastern OregonPendletonUmatillaEasternChildren'sWebsite
Chinese House Railroad MuseumEchoUmatillaEasternEthnic - Chinese American / RailroadWeb page; Artifacts of railroad history and of Chinese workers; in an original "China House" for Chinese railroad workers
Classic Aircraft Aviation MuseumHillsboroWashingtonPortland MetroAviationWeb page
Clatskanie Historical Society MuseumClatskanieColumbiaPortland MetroHistory - LocalInformation
Clatsop County Heritage MuseumAstoriaClatsopCoastHistory - LocalWebsite; local history exhibits; Clatsop County Historical Society archives; Chinook and Clatsop Indian artifacts and crafts; in former Astoria City Hall
Columbia Gorge Discovery CenterThe DallesWascoMt. Hood/
The Gorge
MultipleWebsite; official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, encompasses Wasco County Historical Museum; local history, natural history, Lewis and Clark Expedition, Ice Age exhibit
Columbia River Maritime MuseumAstoriaClatsopCoastMaritimeHistory of the Columbia River, including four interactive and hands-on exhibits, the Lightship Columbia (a National Historic Landmark), maritime artifacts from the Pacific Northwest
Condon History MuseumCondonHood RiverGilliamOpen airinformation, information, operated by the Gilliam County Historical Society, includes a settler’s cabin, one-room schoolhouse, train caboose, barbershop, and depot
Conger Street Clock MuseumEugeneLaneWillamette ValleyHorologyWebsite; hand-made clocks, figures of cars, tractors, trains, cameras, miniature pedal cars
Cooley GalleryPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroArtWebsite; part of Reed College
Coos Art MuseumCoos BayCoosCoastArt - ContemporaryState's third oldest art museum; in an Art Deco post office; contemporary art collection; art classes, lectures and events
Coos County Logging MuseumMyrtle PointCoosCoastIndustry - TimberDisplays tableaux, pictures and artifacts about 20th-century logging; housed in an onion-shaped, shingled-dome, wooden building from the early 20th century meant to modestly replicate the Mormon Tabernacle
Coos Historical and Maritime MuseumNorth BendCoosCoastHistory - local / MaritimeWebsite; formerly part of the Coos-Curry Museum (1958-1970s); then called Coos County Historical Society Museum (until 2004); south Oregon coast history, logging, area Native Americans, ship construction
Cottage Grove MuseumCottage GroveLaneWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalInformation; Lumbering, mining, agriculture, covered bridges, prints, RMS Titanic displays; in an octagon-shaped former church
Crater Rock MuseumCentral PointJacksonSouthernGeologyWebsite, rocks, minerals, gems, fossils, Native American artifacts
Creswell Historical MuseumCreswellLaneWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalInformation; Local history in a restored 1889 Methodist Church
Crown Point Country Historical SocietyCorbettMultnomahPortland MetroHistory - LocalWebsite; a large classroom in the Historic Springdale School Community Center
Crown Point Vista HouseTroutdaleMultnomahPortland MetroHistory - LocalStone building with views of the Columbia River Gorge, features displays on history and geology of the Gorge and local history; in a 1916 octagonal building designed by Edgar M. Lazarus; run by the Friends of the Vista House
Curry Historical Society MuseumGold BeachCurryCoastHistory - Local / RegionalWebsite; Local and regional history; run by the Curry County Historical Society
Dentzel American Carousel MuseumAlbanyLinnWillamette ValleyCommodity - CarouselWebsite
Des Chutes Historical MuseumBendDeschutesCentralHistory - LocalExhibits include the area's prehistory, Native American tribes, explorers, pioneers, the logging industry, transportation, home life, and the United States Forest Service
DeWitt MuseumPrairie CityGrantEasternHistory - Local / RailroadLocated in a historic train station, includes railroad period rooms displays, local history, rocks, minerals and mining exhibit
Dolly Wares Doll MuseumFlorenceLaneCoastToy - DollInformation, collection of more than 3,000 dolls, including one from 1604
Dorris Ranch Living History FarmSpringfieldLaneWillamette ValleyFarm - Living historyWebsite; Established in 1892, the 250-acre (1.0 km2) site is said to be Oregon’s oldest working filbert (hazelnut) farm
Douglas County MuseumWinchester BayDouglasCoastNatural history / History - LocalWebsite
Douglas County Museum of Natural & Cultural HistoryRoseburgDouglasSouthernNatural history / History - LocalWebsite
Lee House MuseumJunction CityLaneWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalWebsite; Medical equipment and items relating to Junction City history; run by the Junction City Historical Society
Dufur Historical Society Living History MuseumDufurWascoMt. Hood/
The Gorge
LivingInformation; information, living history displays in a historic log cabin, school
Eagle Point MuseumEagle PointJacksonSouthernHistory - LocalInformation
East Linn MuseumSweet HomeLinnWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalInformation; Collection includes logging tools, period rooms and farm tools and equipment, photographs
Eastern Oregon Fire Museum & Learning CenterLa GrandeUnionEasternFirefightingInformation; former (1899–2002) fire station; exhibits on history of firefighting; firehouse culture and advances in technology; vintage fire trucks
Eastern Oregon MuseumHainesBakerEasternHistory - LocalWebsite; Has exhibits or artifacts related to logging, mining, cowboy memorabilia, ranching, housewares, period clothing, dolls, toys, a former railroad depot and a former one-room schoolhouse
Echo Historical MuseumEchoUmatillaEasternHistory - LocalWeb page
Elgin MuseumElginUnionEasternHistory - LocalInformation
End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive CenterOregon CityClackamasPortland MetroHistoryWebsite; Presentations by live history Interpreters in pioneer-period clothing
Ermatinger HouseOregon CityClackamasPortland MetroHistoric houseinformation, Information, 1845 house, the oldest in Clackamas County
Evergreen Aviation & Space MuseumMcMinnvilleYamhillWillamette ValleyAviation / Aerospace museumHome of Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose, includes airplanes, aircraft engines, helicopters, a Titan II ICBM and space technology exhibits
Favell MuseumKlamath FallsKlamathSouthernArt - Western / Ethnic - Native AmericanWebsite; Western art and Native American artifacts
FireHouse GalleryGrants PassJosephineSouthernArtWebsite, operated by Rogue Community College, works by local, regional, national, and international emerging artists
Flavel House MuseumAstoriaClatsopCoastHistoric house1886 Queen Anne style home of Captain George Flavel, river pilot, businessman; original Eastlake-influenced woodwork, period furnishings
Flippin CastleClatskanieColumbiaPortland MetroHistoric houseInformation
Fort Clatsop National MemorialAstoriaClatsopCoastMilitaryReplica of original 1805–1806 winter encampment of the 33-member Lewis and Clark Expedition
Fort Dalles MuseumThe DallesWascoMt. Hood/
The Gorge
History - LocalMilitary, pioneer and Native American artifacts, Oregon Trail relics, early vehicles, household items, photographs; listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Fort Klamath MuseumKlamath FallsKlamathSouthernFortInformation; Eight-acre site of Fort Klamath (1863–1890), no original buildings remain; replica of the fort guardhouse contains artifacts from the fort; run by Klamath County Museums organization
Fort Rock Valley Historical Homestead MuseumFort RockLakeSouthernOpen air museumOriginal pioneer buildings including a church, school, houses, homestead cabins
Fort Stevens Historical AreaWarrentonClatsopCoastMilitaryIn Fort Stevens State Park
Fort Vancouver National Historic SiteVancouver, WashingtonClark County, WashingtonPortland MetroMilitaryRestored fort with living history demonstrations
Fossil Museum & Pine Creek SchoolhouseFossilWheelerEasternNatural history / History - LocalInformation, Information
Four Rivers Cultural Center & MuseumOntarioMalheurEasternHistory - Local / Ethnic - Native AmericanWebsite; Local history and Native American exhibits; includes the Horace Arment Collection of artifacts from the Sioux, Navajo, Paiute, Haida and earlier Native Americans
Frazier Farmstead MuseumMilton-FreewaterUmatillaEasternHistoric house - FarmsteadWebsite; 1892 farmhouse, 1918 barn, a carriage house and several other buildings
Fruit Foundation Historical SocietyHood RiverHood River (Pine Grove)Mt. Hood/
The Gorge
Industry - FruitWebsite, "Remembering Our Roots" exhibit of 1930s fruit-packing and cold-storage plant and equipment; planned Fruit Heritage Museum to open in 2012
Garibaldi MuseumGaribaldiTillamookCoastMaritime / History - LocalWebsite; Focuses on 18th-century Captain Robert Gray; his historical vessels, the trade with native Americans of the Pacific Northwest; displays include models of his two ships, reproduction of Columbia's figurehead; interactive exhibits; one wing on local history
Gateway Coastal Natural History CenterSeasideClatsopCoastNatural history / History - LocalWebsite; about area natural, cultural, and historical resources
Gilliam County Historical SocietyCondonGilliamEasternHistory - Local / Historic buildingsWeb page; Information; Early farm equipment, Union Pacific Railroad caboose, an agricultural-machinery building, 1884 log cabin, 1910 school, 1900 tonsorial parlor, 1905 railroad depot, and early 20th-century jail.
Gold Hill Historical SocietyGold HillJacksonSouthernHistory - LocalInformation; information
Gordon HouseSilvertonMarionWillamette ValleyHistoric houseUsonian house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
Grant County Historical MuseumCanyon CityGrantEasternHistory - LocalWebsite
Grants Pass Museum of ArtGrants PassJosephineSouthernArtWebsite
Gresham History MuseumGreshamMultnomahPortland MetroHistory - LocalWebsite; History of Gresham and surrounding area; run by the Gresham Historical Society
Hallie Ford Museum of ArtSalemMarionWillamette ValleyArtPart of Willamette University, collection includes Asian, European, Native American, and regional art
Hanley Farm MuseumCentral PointJacksonSouthernFarmWeb page
Harlow House MuseumTroutdaleMultnomahPortland MetroHistoric houseWeb page; on the National Register of Historic Places; the grounds are part of the city park system; run by the Troutdale Historical Society
Harney County Historical MuseumBurnsHarneyEasternHistory - LocalWebsite
Harrisburg Area MuseumHarrisburgLinnWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalWebsite; scale models of historic buildings, including Crater Lake Lodge; cameras and buttons; antique farm equipment, steam engine, tractors, engines, blacksmith shop and household items; pictures and biographies of settlers; 1867-era house and household items; Overland automobile; a chapel
Hat MuseumPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroCommodity - HatsWebsite; Calls itself "America's only Hat Museum"; displays a selection of most characteristic styles of past eras; in the Ladd-Reingold House
Hatfield Marine Science Visitor CenterNewportLincolnCoastNatural history - MaritimeExhibits and programs to explain the role of scientific research in marine natural history as well as the fishing industry
Heritage Station MuseumPendletonUmatillaEasternHistory - LocalWebsite; also known as Umatilla County Historical Museum, located in a 1909 depot, grounds include a caboose, 1879 one-room schoolhouse, and 1879 homestead with log cabin
High Desert MuseumBendDeschutesCentralMultipleIncludes live animals and natural history exhibits, pioneer life and seasonal living history 1880 ranch, early 1860s town, Native American exhibits, antique vehicles, trails
Historic Barlow HouseBarlowClackamasPortland MetroHistoric houseOpen by appointment
Historic Deepwood EstateSalemMarionWillamette ValleyHistoric houseWebsite; 1894 Queen Anne style Victorian Home on about 4 acres (16,000 m2) of manicured gardens and nature trails
Hood River County History MuseumHood RiverHood RiverMt. Hood/
The Gorge
History - LocalWebsite; County history
Hoover-Minthorn House MuseumNewbergYamhillWillamette ValleyHistoric houseLate 19th century period home, home of President Herbert Hoover from 1885–1889
Hutson MuseumParkdaleHood RiverMt. Hood/
The Gorge
Natural history / History - LocalInformation; more information; and more; Also known as the "Jesse and Winifred Hutson Museum"; rocks, minerals and Native American artifacts, memorabilia, dolls and items related to local history; in a building constructed to match the neighboring Ries-Thompson House; part of a 2-acre (8,100 m2) complex designated a National Historic Site; U.S. Forest Service amphitheater on the site offers lectures and demonstrations.
I. O. N. Owyhee Heritage Council MuseumJordan ValleyMalheurEasternHistory - LocalWeb page; History of an area encompassing parts of Idaho, Oregon and Nevada (the "I.O.N." in the title)
Independence Heritage MuseumIndependencePolkWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalWebsite
International Museum of Carousel ArtHood RiverHood RiverMt. Hood/
The Gorge
Commodity - CarouselWebsite; The museum calls its holdings "world's largest and most comprehensive collection of antique carousel art"; as of May 2008, temporarily closed as museum relocates
Jacksonville MuseumJacksonvilleJacksonSouthernHistory - LocalCollection includes local history artifacts and photographs and items of 19th-century photographer Peter Britt
Jensen Arctic Museum at
Western Oregon University
MonmouthPolkWillamette ValleyNatural history - ArcticWeb page; Arctic culture and ecology
Jesse H. Settlemier HouseWoodburnMarionWillamette ValleyHistoric house14-room, Queen Anne style home built in 1892 by Jesse Settlemier, founder of Woodburn
John Day Fossil Beds National MonumentDayvilleGrantEasternNatural historyIncludes the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center with fossil exhibits, and the Cant Ranch Museum with exhibits about the cultural heritage of the area
John Tigard HouseTigardWashingtonPortland MetroHistoric houseWeb page; 1880 Victorian style farm home; on the National Register of Historic Places; run by the Tigard Historical Association
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of ArtEugeneLaneWillamette ValleyArtPart of the University of Oregon, American and regional art, Korean, Chinese, Japanese and European art, including Russian icons
Kam Wah Chung & Co. MuseumJohn DayGrantEasternEthnic - ChineseChinese culture and heritage in Oregon
Kathrin Cawein Gallery of ArtForest GroveWashingtonPortland MetroArt - ContemporaryWebsite, part of Pacific University
Kerbyville MuseumKerbyJosephineSouthernHistory - LocalInformation; information, displays on local history including mining, logging and pioneer history, and Native Americans; on the National Register of Historic Places
Kidd's Toy MuseumPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroToyWebsite; includes mechanical banks; trains, planes and automobiles; character toys; police badges; railroad locks, lanterns and related items; early Oregon memorabilia; teddy bears and dolls; and holiday collectibles
Kids Imagination Discovery SpaceMedfordJacksonSouthernChildren'sWebsite
Klamath County MuseumKlamath FallsKlamathSouthernHistory - Local / Natural historyWebsite; History and natural history; in a 1935 building, formerly a National Guard armory; run by Klamath County Museums organization
Lake County MuseumLakeviewLakeSouthernHistory - LocalWebsite
Lane County Historical MuseumEugeneLaneWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalWebsite; Oregon Trail exhibit, historic vehicles, period rooms, children's exhibits, early crafts, photographs; run by the Lane County Historical Society in a National Historic Register site that is the oldest building in the county (built 1853)
Latimer Quilt and Textile CenterTillamookTillamookCoastArt - QuiltsWebsite; exhibits on antique and contemporary quilts
Linn County Historical MuseumBrownsvilleLinnWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalWebsite; Life from pioneer days to the 1940s; in Brownsville's original railroad depot
Little Log Church MuseumYachatsLincolnCoastMultipleWeb page; Local historical artifacts, seashell collection, and works of local artists and authors
Log Cabin MuseumNewportLincolnCoastHistory - LocalWebsite; Information; part of the "Oregon Coast History Center" run by the Lincoln County Historical Society
Manuel MuseumLa Grande (Hot Lake)UnionEasternMultipleInformation; Native American artifacts, military memoriabilia, pioneer items; museum moved from Joseph to Hot Lake, southeast of La Grande
Marion County Historical Society MuseumSalemMarionWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalWebsite, on the grounds of the Mission Mill Museum
Marshfield Sun Printing MuseumCoos BayCoosCoastMedia - NewspaperInformation; Information; article; The weekly Marshfield Sun (1891–1944) newspaper office and job printing shop displaying printing presses, newspaper and photo-related exhibits of Marshfield (now Coos Bay)
Maude Kerns Art CenterEugeneLaneWillamette ValleyArtWebsite
McLoughlin HouseOregon CityClackamasPortland MetroHistoric housePart of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Victorian period home, crafts demonstrations
Milwaukie MuseumMilwaukieClackamasPortland MetroHistoric house / History - Localwebsite; 1865 farmhouse; collection includes 1872 Portland Street Railway Co. horse-drawn streetcar
Mission Mill MuseumSalemMarionWillamette ValleyIndustrial - Wool mill / Religious historyFormer Thomas Kay woolen mill (1889–1962); Jason Lee's Methodist mission to Oregon which settled in the Willamette Valley in 1834; mission houses, Oregon Trail settler's house, historic church and the structures, equipment, and original water-powered turbine of the mill and related artifacts
Molalla Museum ComplexMolallaClackamasPortland MetroMultipleInformation; information, includes the historic Dibble House, Vonder Ahe House, Ivor Davies Hall and a farm & logging machinery shed; emphasis on Native Americans, early pioneers, agriculture, timber industry, commerce, schools, genealogy, Wilhoit Mineral Springs, and the Molalla Buckeroo Rodeo
Monteith HouseAlbanyLinnWillamette ValleyHistoric house1849 restored Pioneer Era home; listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Morrow County MuseumHeppnerMorrowEasternHistory - LocalWebsite, includes pioneer, homestead, agricultural and rural history artifacts
Mount Angel Abbey MuseumMount AngelMarionWillamette ValleyMultipleIncludes natural history dioramas, religious artifacts and Civil War memorabilia
Moyer HouseBrownsvilleLinnWillamette ValleyHistoric houseWeb page; built in 1881 from an original design inspired by the Italianate Villa style, with exterior details including carved finials, corner boards, frieze boards, and eave brackets; interior details include ornately painted ceilings and panels
Mt. Hood Cultural Center & MuseumGovernment CampClackamasMt. Hood/
The Gorge
History - LocalWebsite; History of Mt. Hood area, encompassing Clackamas, Hood River, Multnomah and Wasco counties, also art and natural history
Murphy MuseumSt. PaulMarionWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalWeb page; Pioneer settlements on French Prairie and the 1839 Catholic mission in St. Paul
Museum At Warm SpringsWarm SpringsJeffersonCentralEthnic - Native AmericanHistory and culture of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Museum of Contemporary CraftPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroArt - CraftIncludes works in ceramic, glass, metal, fiber and wood, showing development of West Coast craft since the mid-20th century
Museum of the Oregon TerritoryOregon CityClackamasPortland MetroHistory - OR TerritoryWebsite, 10K Years of Oregon Culture, Early OR Photography, OR Industry, Historic Oregon City & Willamette Falls
National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive CenterBaker CityBakerEasternHistoryHistory, natural history and cultural history of the settlement of the Oregon Trail
Newell House MuseumSt. PaulMarionWillamette ValleyHistoric houseReconstructed home of the first Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives; living history activities, archives, and artifacts from the French Prairie region of the northern Willamette Valley; also known as "Robert Newell House"
North Lincoln County Historical MuseumLincoln CityLincolnCoastHistory - LocalWebsite; about north Lincoln County history, including Native Americans and pioneers
Oakland Museum (Oregon)OaklandDouglasSouthernHistory - LocalWeb page
Oakridge MuseumOakridgeLaneWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalWebsite; Farming, logging, railroading, U.S. Forest Service, schools and families; a caboose, trucks[1] Historical artifacts of the upper Willamette River region
Old Aurora Colony MuseumAuroraMarionWillamette ValleyOpen airWebsite; complex includes a museum of local history and a mid-19th century ox barn, cabin, house, summer kitchen and tie shed
Old St. Peter's LandmarkThe DallesWascoMt. Hood/
The Gorge
Historic building - ChurchFormer Roman Catholic 1898 Gothic Revival church with Italian Carrara marble altars; Povey Brothers stained glass windows; six-foot rooster weather vane on a 176-foot (54 m) spire
Oregon Air and Space MuseumEugeneLaneWillamette ValleyAerospaceWebsite, aircraft, artifacts, displays and exhibits on the history of aviation and space exploration; collection includes rare World War II American Eagle aviator uniform and pilot's personal effects
Oregon Coast History CenterNewportLincolnCoastHistoryWebsite;
Oregon Electric Railway MuseumBrooksMarionWillamette ValleyRailroadElectric trolleys, on the grounds of Antique Powerland
Oregon Film MuseumAstoriaClatsopCoastFilmWebsite; History and information on the 300+ movies that have been filmed in Oregon
Oregon Fire Service MuseumBrooksMarionWillamette ValleyFirefightingWebsite; Historical fire records, apparatus, equipment and memorabilia
Oregon Historical Society MuseumPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroMultipleState history, science, art
Oregon Jewish MuseumPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroEthnic - JewishWebsite
Oregon Nikkei Legacy CenterPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroEthnic - JapaneseWebsite; lives and contributions of Oregon's Nikkei community, located in Portland's old Japantown area
Oregon Maritime MuseumPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroMaritimeWebsite
Oregon Military MuseumClackamasClackamasPortland MetroMilitaryWebsite; the state's official military history repository; has military arms and ordnance, restored military vehicles and aircraft, uniforms and insignia, and military equipment, historic structures, and a library and archives
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)PortlandMultnomahPortland MetroScienceAlso includes the USS Blueback (SS-581) submarine and a planetarium
Oregon Sports Hall of FamePortlandMultnomahPortland MetroHall of fame - SportsClosed temporarily, as of May 2008, according to its website
Oregon State CapitolSalemMarionWillamette ValleyHistoryinformation
Oregon Trail Agricultural MuseumNyssaMalheurEasternAgricultureInformation; collection includes early farm and ranch equipment; restored sheep wagons, historical photographs of Nyssa, Adrian and the surrounding area, Oregon Trail history
Oregon Trail Regional MuseumBaker CityBakerEasternHistory - LocalWebsite; rocks and crystals, local history exhibits, the restored Adler House, antique automobiles
Original Courthouse MuseumThe DallesWascoMt. Hood/
The Gorge
Historywebsite, 1859 courthouse with sheriff's office and three jail cells
Oswego Heritage CenterLake OswegoClackamasPortland MetroLocal historywebsite
Pacific Northwest College of Art GalleriesPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroArtCampus includes twelve public exhibition galleries, two professional galleries and ten spaces reserved for student and community showings
Pacific Northwest Truck MuseumBrooksMarionWillamette ValleyTransportationLocated on the grounds of Antique Powerland, vintage trucks, vans, semi-trailers and tractors
Pacific University MuseumForest GroveWashingtonPortland MetroHistory - LocalPart of Pacific University, open by appointment only; the history of the university; in Old College Hall, the oldest (1850) building at Pacific University; on the National Register of Historic Places
Patrick Hughes HouseSixesCurryCoastHistoric houseWebsite; Built in 1898 by P.J. Lindberg; part of the "Historic Patrick Hughes Ranch"; listed on the National Register of Historic Places; run by Friends of Cape Blanco
Pendleton Air MuseumPendletonUmatillaEasternAviation / MilitaryWebsite; Construction was scheduled to begin in 2008; items representing military and civilian aviation, particularly the history of the Pendleton Army Air Base and early predecessors of the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport, collection includes a restored World War II-era B-25 Bomber and a Vietnam War-era UH-1 Huey helicopter
Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of FamePendletonUmatillaEasternHall of fame - Pendleton Round-UpCurrently under construction, cowboy and cowgirl memorabilia, Native American regalia, championship saddles, historical photographs and documents
Petersen Rock Garden & MuseumRedmondDeschutesCentralInformation; miniature buildings, lagoons, bridges, gardens, churches, castles made of rock; closed. Being substantially deteriorated, it is one of ten entries on the Historic Preservation League of Oregon's Most Endangered Places in Oregon 2011 list.[4]
Philip Foster FarmEagle CreekClackamasPortland MetroFarmWebsite; farm of Philip Foster, includes original 19th Century houses and barn, covered wagons, replica blacksmith shop and store, and heritage gardens
Phoenix Historical MuseumPhoenixJacksonSouthernHistory - LocalInformation
Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin MuseumSt. PaulMarionWillamette ValleyHistoric houseLog cabin with pioneer artifacts, in Champoeg State Heritage Area
Pioneer-Indian MuseumCanyonvilleDouglasSouthernHistory - LocalWebsite, operated by the South Umpqua Historical Society, pioneer and Native American artifacts
Pitney House MuseumJunction CityLaneWillamette ValleyHistoric houseWeb page; run by the Junction City Historical Society, 1870s period home with Danish settler artifacts, also adjacent jail
Pittock MansionPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroHistoric house22 room French Renaissance estate situated on 46 acres (190,000 m2)
Polk County MuseumRickreallPolkWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalWebsite; Includes exhibits on agriculture, logging, and the Kalapuya tribe that occupied Polk County
Portland Art MuseumPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroArtIncludes centers for Native American, Northwest art, and modern and contemporary art, Asian art, an outdoor public sculpture garden, and the Northwest Film Center
Portland Children's MuseumPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroChildren's
Portland Institute for Contemporary ArtPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroArtContemporary performance and visual arts
Portland Police MuseumPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroPoliceWebsite; Photographs, equipment, uniforms, and documents; run by the Portland Police Historical Society.
Port Orford Lifeboat Station MuseumPort OrfordCurryCoastMaritimeDisplays about the lifeboat station, in a 1934 building closed in 1970; hiking trails; listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Prewitt-Allen Archaeological MuseumSalemMarionWillamette ValleyArchaeologyPart of Corban University, archaeological artifacts from the Middle East and Greece
Qwest Pioneer Telephone MuseumEugeneLaneWillamette ValleyCommodity - Telephoneinformation, replicas of Alexander Graham Bell's original telephone, photographs, telephones and equipment dating from the beginning of the past century. 112 E. 10th Ave, open Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rail Depot MuseumTroutdaleMultnomahPortland MetroRailroadWeb page; in 1894, Coxey's Army, a band of unemployed men, went into the railyard and hijacked a train; the present building was built in 1907, the year the previous one burnt down; a Union Pacific caboose is in the parking lot; in Depot Park; run by the Troutdale Historical Society
Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and MineralsHillsboroWashingtonPortland MetroGeologyClaims to have the "largest opal-filled thunderegg in the world", large pieces of crystallized gold, meteorites, dinosaur eggs and fossils
Ripley's Believe It Or NotNewportLincolnCoastAmusement
Rinehart Stone House MuseumValeMalheurEasternOregon Trail / House museum /Information; Local history items and photographs, exhibits on the Oregon Trail in an 1872 sandstone building that was a wayside stop for travelers until the early 20th century, a shelter for settlers during the Bannock Paiute uprising of 1878, also field headquarters for General O. O. Howard, on the National Register of Historic Places
Rogue River MuseumGold BeachCurryCoastMultipleWebsite; Natural history and history of the Rogue River; run by a for-profit boat excursion company; free admission
Rorick House MuseumThe DallesWascoMt. Hood/
The Gorge
Historic houseWebsite; 1850 period house operated by the Wasco County Historical Society
Sage MuseumShanikoWascoCentralHistory - LocalInformation
Santiam Historical Society MuseumStaytonMarionWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalInformation
Sandy Area Historical MuseumSandyClackamasPortland MetroHistory - LocalWebsite; run by the Sandy Historical Society
Schmidt House MuseumGrants PassJosephineSouthernHistoric houseWeb page; run by the Josephine County Historical Society
Schminck Memorial MuseumLakeviewLakeSouthernHistory - LocalWebsite, includes Native American and pioneer artifacts, antique household items and furnishings
Schneider Museum of ArtAshlandJacksonSouthernArtWebsite; part of Southern Oregon University
Schreiber Log CabinDufurWascoMt. Hood/
The Gorge
Historic house / Living historyInformation; Pioneer living-history exhibits, weaving, old photos, farm implements
Science Factory Children's Museum & PlanetariumEugeneLaneWillamette ValleyChildren's / Science - Science centerWebsite; hands-on science museum for children
Scio Historical Depot MuseumScioLinnWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalInformation, Memorabilia from the area, including clothing, farm implements and household goods; in the original 1890s West Scio railroad depot[5]
Seaside Historical Society MuseumSeasideClatsopCoastHistory - LocalWebsite; Local history and Native American artifacts
Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson HouseEugeneLaneWillamette ValleyHistoric houseThe "Castle on the Hill," built in 1888, a Queen Anne style Victorian mansion
Sherman County Historical MuseumMoroShermanEasternHistory - LocalWebsite; includes farm machinery, tools, household items, memorabilia from Sherman County’s early settlers, Native American items
Sherwood Heritage CenterSherwoodWashingtonPortland MetroHistory / Living historyInformation; Museum and living history site in two historical buildings; train exhibit
Shedd MuseumSheddLinnWillamette ValleyHistoric house / History - LocalInformation; Home of the pioneer Shedd family; community memorabilia, including Civil War and Oregon Trail items
Siletz History MuseumSiletzLincolnCoastEthnic - Native AmericanFocuses on the history and culture of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, including the Cheteo, Shasta Costa, Makanontni, Tututini, Joshua, Six, Takelma, Coquille, Coos, Siuslaw, Alsea and Tillamook
Silverton Country MuseumSilvertonMarionWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalInformation; Silverton area history; in the 1908 Ames/Warnock House
Siuslaw Pioneer MuseumFlorenceLaneCoastHistory - LocalWebsite, Siuslaw River and its pioneers; logging, agriculture, blacksmithing, and transportation; Native American artifacts
South Benton Communities Historical Association MuseumMonroeBentonWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalInformation, photos, artifacts from 1850s to present; 1920s Metzker map of original donation land claims, campaign buttons; pictures and history of more than 200 veterans from World War II to present
Spray Pioneer MuseumSprayWheelerEasternHistory - LocalInformation; Collection includes pioneer items, photographs, and farm implements
Springfield MuseumSpringfieldLaneWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalWebsite; in the 1911 Oregon Power Company transformer station, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Stevens-Crawford Heritage HouseOregon CityClackamasPortland MetroHistoric houseWebsite; 1908 period home with original furnishings, oddities, personal belongings, and kitchen utensils of one of the Oregon Territory's earliest families. Guided tours.
Sumpter Municipal MuseumSumpterBakerEasternHistory - Local / Natural historyWebsite; history and natural history of the Sumpter Valley, in the former "Sumpter Supply" building, an 1899 structure that survived the 1917 town fire
Sumpter Valley Gold DredgeSumpterBakerEasternIndustry - Mining
Talent Historical SocietyTalentJacksonSouthernHistory - LocalWebsite
Tamastslikt Cultural InstitutePendletonUmatillaEasternEthnic - Native AmericanTamastslikt history and culture; associated with the Wildhorse Resort and Casino
Think Link Discovery MuseumsLa GrandeUnionEasternChildren'sWebsite
Tillamook County Pioneer MuseumTillamookTillamookCoastHistory - LocalWebsite; North Oregon coastal history and natural history are combined in the former courthouse in downtown Tillamook. Founded in 1935.
Tillamook Air MuseumTillamookTillamookCoastAviationLocated in a WW II blimp hangar, includes over 30 War Birds and memorabilia
Tillamook Naval Air StationTillamookTillamookCoastMilitaryWebsite
Toledo Historical MuseumToledoLincolnCoastHistory - LocalInformation; logging, railroad and settlement history of the Toledo area, located at Toledo City Hall, operated by the Lincoln County Historical Society
Trail Creek MuseumTrailJacksonSouthernHistory - LocalInformation; Artifacts and pictures from the Upper Rogue; in a former tavern
Traveling Children's Heritage MuseumDeadwood (Greenleaf)LaneWillamette ValleyChildren's / History - LocalWebsite; Museum run by area teachers that can be moved from location to location in its cargo trailer; has a model covered wagon, canvas lodging tent, historical artifacts, oral histories, late-19th-century photographs
Tualatin Heritage CenterTualatinClackamasPortland MetroHistory - LocalWebsite;
Umatilla Museum and Historical FoundationUmatillaUmatillaEasternHistory - LocalWebsite
Umpqua Discovery CenterReedsportDouglasCoastNatural history / History - LocalWebsite; Nature exhibits and history exhibits about the Kuuich tribe, fur traders and European settlers of the Lower Umpqua River
Umpqua River Lighthouse and Coastal History MuseumWinchester BayDouglasCoastMaritimeHistory of the lighthouse, area Coast Guard history and local history; in a working lighthouse and adjacent former Coast Guard Station
Union County MuseumUnionUnionEasternHistory - Local / Natural historyInformation
University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural HistoryEugeneLaneWillamette ValleyNatural history / History
Uppertown Firefighters MuseumAstoriaClatsopCoastFire fightingWebsite; fire-fighting equipment from 1879 to 1963; hand-pulled, horse-drawn, and motorized fire engines; fire fighting memorabilia and photos; run by Clatsop County Historical Society
Vacuum MuseumPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroCommodity - Vacuum cleanersWeb page; Collection of 300 items includes the two-person-operated Busy-Bee (one person pumps, the other vacuums); operated by Stark's Vacuum Cleaner Sales & Service
Vernonia Pioneer MuseumVernoniaColumbiaPortland MetroHistory - LocalWebsite; Artifacts of local history and Native American artifacts
Waldport Heritage MuseumWaldportLincolnCoastHistory - LocalInformation; In a 1941 building constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps and used as an internment camp for World War II conscientious objectors
Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive CenterWallowaWallowaEasternEthnic - Native AmericanWebsite; Wallowa Band Nez Perce culture and history
Wallowa County MuseumJosephWallowaEasternHistory - LocalWeb page
Washington County Museumunincorporated Washington CountyWashingtonPortland MetroHistory - LocalOn the Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus, includes fully restored original 1853 Washington County Log Jail
Watts House Pioneer MuseumScappooseColumbiaPortland MetroHistoric house / History - LocalWeb page; run by the Scappoose Historical Society
Wells Fargo History MuseumPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroHistoryWebsite; about the Wells Fargo Company in Oregon history; has a 19th-century stagecoach, an interactive telegraph, a life-size reproduction of a turn-of-the-20th-century bank, and a treasure box used to carry gold long distances.
Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile MuseumHood RiverHood RiverMt. Hood/
The Gorge
Aviation / AutomobileFocus on aircraft from 1903–1941, also light WWII Army, Army Air Corps, and naval aircraft, antique automobiles, military vehicles, aircraft engines.Website
Willamina Museum of Local HistoryWillaminaYamhillWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalWebsite
Wiseman GalleryGrants PassJosephineSouthernArtWebsite, operated by Rogue Community College, aesthetic, cultural, and social works
Woodburn Historical MuseumWoodburnMarionWillamette ValleyHistory - LocalWebsite
Woodville MuseumRogue RiverJacksonSouthernHistory - LocalWebsite
Working Wonders Children's MuseumBendDeschutesCentralChildren's
World Forestry CenterPortlandMultnomahPortland MetroIndustry - Timber / Natural history - ForestsForest industry, importance and natural history of forests
Yamhill County Historical Society MuseumLafayetteYamhillWillamette ValleyOpeWebsite; also known as the Yamhill Museum, includes tools, carriages, doctor’s and dentist’s equipment, an early school room, a pioneer bedroom, early 20th century parlor, dolls, Yamhill County memorabilia, quilts, textiles, Native American baskets and tools
Yaquina Bay LightNewportLincolnCoastMaritimeLighthouse and period keeper's quarters rooms
Yaquina Head Interpretive CenterNewportLincolnCoastMaritimeLighthouse and interpretive center
Yaquina River Railroad Historical SocietyToledoLincolnCoastRailroad / Industry - TimberWebsite; Railroad and logging "Heritage Square"; static display of 1922 Baldwin Steam engine, 1923 railway Post Office car, 1907 caboose
Yaquina River Museum of ArtToledoLincolnCoastArtWebsite; Paintings by artists inspired by the land and people of the Yaquina River watershed

Museums and organizations encompassed by Antique Powerland Museums

Antique Powerland Museums, according to its website, "encompasses 14 additional museums and heritage organizations operating in partnership", which are not listed in the sortable table above (except as noted):

  • Antique Caterpillar Machinery Museum
  • Antique Implement Society
  • Branch 15 - Early Days Gas Engines & Tractor Association
  • Brooks Historical Society Inc.
  • Northwest Blacksmith Association
  • Northwest Vintage Car and Motorcycle Museum
  • Oregon Electric Railway Museum (listed above)
  • Oregon Fire Service Museum and Learning Center
  • Oregon Tractors Pullers, Inc.
  • Oregon Two Cylinder Club
  • Pacific Northwest Truck Museum (listed above)
  • Western Steam Fiends Association, Inc.
  • Willamette Valley Model Railroad Museum
  • Willow Creek Railroad

Oregon regions

The region designations used in the table above follow the Oregon Museums Association regions (the state tourism authority uses slightly different regions):[6]

Alternate names and changed names

Museums are sometimes known by more than one name, and they sometimes change their names. Here are some known variations of the names of museums in the above list (which uses each museum's most widely known name):

Defunct museums

See also


  1. ^ a b "Ticket / Calendar: Stage, Museums, Opportunities, Karaoke and DJ dances", Eugene Register-Guard website, October 5, 2007, retrieved May 23, 2008
  2. ^ Google News Archive search results page for "Asher" "Car Museum""Walla Walla Union Bulletin (Newspaper) - June 21, 1970, Walla Walla ...", "Wheeler County Judge Clarence Asher and his son Edwin have recently opened an old car museum which is attracting much attention", retrieved May 25, 2008
  3. ^ [Google News Archive search results page for "Asher" "Car Museum""$2.95 - East Oregonian - NewsBank - Sep 21, 2006", retrieved May 25, 2008
  4. ^ "Most Endangered Places 2011 - Petersen Rock Garden". Historic Preservation League of Oregon. 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Ingalls, Cathy, "Lamb & Wool Fair turns 70", article in the Albany Democrat-Herald, May 19, 2005, retrieved May 22, 2008
  6. ^ Oregon Museums Association home page, map of regions, retrieved June 1, 2008
  7. ^ Web page titled "Natural History Center" at the North Coast Land Conservancy website, retrieved May 21, 2008
  8. ^ "Oregon Historical County Records Guide: Columbia County Records Inventory". Oregon State Archives. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 

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