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.

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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.

Name Community County Region Type Summary
3D Center of Art and Photography Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Art Antique and contemporary 3D imagery
A. C. Gilbert's Discovery Village Salem Marion Willamette Valley Children's Hands-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 Museum Prineville Crook Central History - Local Covers Crook County history, including the City of Prineville Railroad, the local timber industry, and a military exhibit
Agness-Illahe Museum Agness Curry Coast History - Local Web page; information, run by the Curry Historical Society
Albany Regional Museum Albany Linn Willamette Valley History - Local Website; local history museum in an 1887 Italianate Victorian building
Anderson Homestead The Dalles Wasco Mt. Hood/
The Gorge
Historic house 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 Museums Brooks Marion Willamette Valley Railroad / Machinery See "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 Museum Crow Lane Willamette Valley History - Local West Lane history in pictures and memorabilia[1]
Applegate Trail Interpretive Center Sunny Valley Josephine Southern History - Local Website, includes pioneer artifacts, impact of gold mining, the stagecoach and railroads
Architectural Heritage Center Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Art - Architecture Website; changing exhibits about architecture and art
Art Gym Marylhurst Multnomah Portland Metro Art - Architecture Contemporary arts exhibition space at Marylhurst University
Asher Car Museum Fossil Wheeler Eastern Transportation - Automobile Web page; Opened about 1970;[2] still in operation as of 2006[3]
Astoria Children's Museum Astoria Clatsop Coast Children's Website; interactive learning exhibits; on second floor of the Uppertown Firefighters Museum
Astoria Column Astoria Clatsop Coast History - Local 125 foot column tower to climb, scenes of Oregon history on its exterior
Astoria Riverfront Trolley Astoria Clatsop Coast Transportation - Trolley
Baker Cabin Carver Clackamas Portland Metro Historic house / Historic church Website; 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 Museum Klamath Falls Klamath Southern History - Local Web 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 Museum Bandon Coos Coast History - Local Website; 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 Museum Troutdale Multnomah Portland Metro History / Farm implements Web page; displays farm equipment and other artifacts; exhibits on various historical topics; run by the Troutdale Historical Society
Beekman House (Jacksonville) Jacksonville Jackson Southern Historic house Web 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 Museum Corvallis Benton Willamette Valley History - Local / Natural history Website; 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 Gallery Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Art Photography gallery
Bohemia Gold Mining Museum Cottage Grove Lane Willamette Valley Mining Information; area's gold mining history
Bonneville Dam Visitor Centers Bonneville Multnomah Portland Metro Dam - Visitor center
Brooks Depot Museum Brooks Marion Willamette Valley History - Local Website; run by the Brooks Historical Society
Brunk House Salem/Rickreall at Brunks Corner Polk Willamette Valley Historic house Website; information, operated by the Polk County Historical Society Farmstead of 1861, period furnishings of 1860-1920; occupied by the pioneer Harrison Brunk family
Burrows House Newport Lincoln Coast Historic house Website, run by the Lincoln County Historical Society, Victorian period house
Bush Barn Art Center Salem Marion Willamette Valley Art Located in Bush's Pasture Park, features two contemporary art galleries
Bush House Museum Salem Marion Willamette Valley Historic house Italianate Victorian residence built in 1877-78; vintage fittings and furnishings, including original wallpapers and ornate marble fireplaces; located in Bush's Pasture Park
Butterfield Cottage Seaside Clatsop Coast Historic house Web page; Built in 1893, restored to depict a beach cottage and rooming house of 1912; run by the Seaside Historical Society
Canby Depot Museum Canby Clackamas Portland Metro Railroad / History - Local Area history and railroad history, located in a former train depot
Cannon Beach Historical Society Cannon Beach Clatsop Coast History - Local Website; Collection includes cannon, Tillamook Rock Lighthouse model, Native American longhouse
Canyon Life Museum Mill City Marion Willamette Valley History - Local Website; life, logging, mining and railroad history in North Santiam Canyon; photographs; research library; Run by North Santiam Historical Society
Caples House Museum Columbia Columbia Portland Metro Historic house / Toys Website; 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 Museum Cascade Locks Hood River Mt. Hood/
The Gorge
Maritime Website, information, local transportation history
Chetco Valley Museum Brookings Curry Coast History - Local Website; 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 of Klamath Falls Klamath Falls Klamath Southern Children's Website
Children's Museum of Eastern Oregon Pendleton Umatilla Eastern Children's Website
Chinese House Railroad Museum Echo Umatilla Eastern Ethnic - Chinese American / Railroad Web page; Artifacts of railroad history and of Chinese workers; in an original "China House" for Chinese railroad workers
Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum Hillsboro Washington Portland Metro Aviation Restored historic aircraft, located at Hillsboro Airport
Clatskanie Historical Society Museum Clatskanie Columbia Portland Metro History - Local Information
Clatsop County Heritage Museum Astoria Clatsop Coast History - Local Website; local history exhibits; Clatsop County Historical Society archives; Chinook and Clatsop Indian artifacts and crafts; in former Astoria City Hall
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center The Dalles Wasco Mt. Hood/
The Gorge
Multiple Website; 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 Museum Astoria Clatsop Coast Maritime History 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 Museum Condon Hood River Gilliam Open air information, information, operated by the Gilliam County Historical Society, includes a settler’s cabin, one-room schoolhouse, train caboose, barbershop, and depot
Conger Street Clock Museum Eugene Lane Willamette Valley Horology Website; hand-made clocks, figures of cars, tractors, trains, cameras, miniature pedal cars
Cooley Gallery Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Art Website; part of Reed College
Coos Art Museum Coos Bay Coos Coast Art - Contemporary State's third oldest art museum; in an Art Deco post office; contemporary art collection; art classes, lectures and events
Coos County Logging Museum Myrtle Point Coos Coast Industry - Timber Displays 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 Museum North Bend Coos Coast History - local / Maritime Website; 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 Museum Cottage Grove Lane Willamette Valley History - Local Information; Lumbering, mining, agriculture, covered bridges, prints, RMS Titanic displays; in an octagon-shaped former church
Crater Rock Museum Central Point Jackson Southern Geology Website, rocks, minerals, gems, fossils, Native American artifacts
Creswell Historical Museum Creswell Lane Willamette Valley History - Local Information; Local history in a restored 1889 Methodist Church
Crown Point Country Historical Society Corbett Multnomah Portland Metro History - Local Website; a large classroom in the Historic Springdale School Community Center
Crown Point Vista House Troutdale Multnomah Portland Metro History - Local Stone 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 Museum Gold Beach Curry Coast History - Local / Regional Website; Local and regional history; run by the Curry County Historical Society
Dentzel American Carousel Museum Albany Linn Willamette Valley Commodity - Carousel Website
Des Chutes Historical Museum Bend Deschutes Central History - Local Exhibits include the area's prehistory, Native American tribes, explorers, pioneers, the logging industry, transportation, home life, and the United States Forest Service
DeWitt Museum Prairie City Grant Eastern History - Local / Railroad Located in a historic train station, includes railroad period rooms displays, local history, rocks, minerals and mining exhibit
Dolly Wares Doll Museum Florence Lane Coast Toy - Doll Information, collection of more than 3,000 dolls, including one from 1604
Dorris Ranch Living History Farm Springfield Lane Willamette Valley Farm - Living history Website; Established in 1892, the 250-acre (1.0 km2) site is said to be Oregon’s oldest working filbert (hazelnut) farm
Douglas County Museum Winchester Bay Douglas Coast Natural history / History - Local Website
Douglas County Museum of Natural & Cultural History Roseburg Douglas Southern Natural history / History - Local Website
Lee House Museum Junction City Lane Willamette Valley History - Local Website; Medical equipment and items relating to Junction City history; run by the Junction City Historical Society
Dufur Historical Society Living History Museum Dufur Wasco Mt. Hood/
The Gorge
Living Information; information, living history displays in a historic log cabin, school
Eagle Point Museum Eagle Point Jackson Southern History - Local Information
East Linn Museum Sweet Home Linn Willamette Valley History - Local Information; Collection includes logging tools, period rooms and farm tools and equipment, photographs
Eastern Oregon Fire Museum & Learning Center La Grande Union Eastern Firefighting Information; former (1899–2002) fire station; exhibits on history of firefighting; firehouse culture and advances in technology; vintage fire trucks
Eastern Oregon Museum Haines Baker Eastern History - Local Website; 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 Museum Echo Umatilla Eastern History - Local Web page
Elgin Museum Elgin Union Eastern History - Local Information
End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center Oregon City Clackamas Portland Metro History Website; Presentations by live history Interpreters in pioneer-period clothing
Ermatinger House Oregon City Clackamas Portland Metro Historic house 1845 house, the oldest in Clackamas County
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum McMinnville Yamhill Willamette Valley Aviation / Aerospace museum Home of Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose, includes airplanes, aircraft engines, helicopters, a Titan II ICBM and space technology exhibits
The Faux Museum Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Conceptual Art Website; Conceptual and contemporary art with emphasis on critical thinking and humor
Favell Museum Klamath Falls Klamath Southern Art - Western / Ethnic - Native American Website; Western art and Native American artifacts
FireHouse Gallery Grants Pass Josephine Southern Art Website, operated by Rogue Community College, works by local, regional, national, and international emerging artists
Flavel House Museum Astoria Clatsop Coast Historic house 1886 Queen Anne style home of Captain George Flavel, river pilot, businessman; original Eastlake-influenced woodwork, period furnishings
Flippin Castle Clatskanie Columbia Portland Metro Historic house Information
Fort Clatsop National Memorial Astoria Clatsop Coast Military Replica of original 1805–1806 winter encampment of the 33-member Lewis and Clark Expedition
Fort Dalles Museum The Dalles Wasco Mt. Hood/
The Gorge
History - Local Military, pioneer and Native American artifacts, Oregon Trail relics, early vehicles, household items, photographs; listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Fort Klamath Museum Klamath Falls Klamath Southern Fort 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 Museum Fort Rock Lake Southern Open air museum Original pioneer buildings including a church, school, houses, homestead cabins
Fort Stevens Historical Area Warrenton Clatsop Coast Military In Fort Stevens State Park
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Vancouver, Washington Clark County, Washington Portland Metro Military Restored fort with living history demonstrations
Fossil Museum & Pine Creek Schoolhouse Fossil Wheeler Eastern Natural history / History - Local Information, Information
Four Rivers Cultural Center & Museum Ontario Malheur Eastern History - Local / Ethnic - Native American Website; 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 Museum Milton-Freewater Umatilla Eastern Historic house - Farmstead Website; 1892 farmhouse, 1918 barn, a carriage house and several other buildings
Fruit Foundation Historical Society Hood River Hood River (Pine Grove) Mt. Hood/
The Gorge
Industry - Fruit Website, "Remembering Our Roots" exhibit of 1930s fruit-packing and cold-storage plant and equipment; planned Fruit Heritage Museum to open in 2012
Garibaldi Museum Garibaldi Tillamook Coast Maritime / History - Local Website; 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 Center Seaside Clatsop Coast Natural history / History - Local Website; about area natural, cultural, and historical resources
Gilliam County Historical Society Condon Gilliam Eastern History - Local / Historic buildings Web 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 Society Gold Hill Jackson Southern History - Local Information; information
Gordon House Silverton Marion Willamette Valley Historic house Usonian house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
Grant County Historical Museum Canyon City Grant Eastern History - Local Website
Grants Pass Museum of Art Grants Pass Josephine Southern Art Website
Gresham History Museum Gresham Multnomah Portland Metro History - Local History of Gresham and surrounding area; run by the Gresham Historical Society
Hallie Ford Museum of Art Salem Marion Willamette Valley Art Part of Willamette University, collection includes Asian, European, Native American, and regional art
Hanley Farm Museum Central Point Jackson Southern Farm Web page
Harlow House Museum Troutdale Multnomah Portland Metro Historic house Web 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 Museum Burns Harney Eastern History - Local Website
Harrisburg Area Museum Harrisburg Linn Willamette Valley History - Local Website; 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 Museum Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Commodity - Hats Website; 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 Center Newport Lincoln Coast Natural history - Maritime Exhibits and programs to explain the role of scientific research in marine natural history as well as the fishing industry
Heritage Station Museum Pendleton Umatilla Eastern History - Local Website; 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 Museum Bend Deschutes Central Multiple Includes 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 House Barlow Clackamas Portland Metro Historic house Open by appointment
Historic Deepwood Estate Salem Marion Willamette Valley Historic house 1894 Queen Anne style Victorian Home on about 4 acres (16,000 m2) of manicured gardens and nature trails
Hood River County History Museum Hood River Hood River Mt. Hood/
The Gorge
History - Local Website; County history
Hoover-Minthorn House Museum Newberg Yamhill Willamette Valley Historic house Late 19th century period home, home of President Herbert Hoover from 1885–1889
Hutson Museum Parkdale Hood River Mt. Hood/
The Gorge
Natural history / History - Local Information; 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 Museum Jordan Valley Malheur Eastern History - Local Web page; History of an area encompassing parts of Idaho, Oregon and Nevada (the "I.O.N." in the title)
Independence Heritage Museum Independence Polk Willamette Valley History - Local Website
International Museum of Carousel Art Hood River Hood River Mt. Hood/
The Gorge
Commodity - Carousel 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 Museum Jacksonville Jackson Southern History - Local CLOSED
Jensen Arctic Museum Monmouth Polk Willamette Valley Natural history - Arctic Part of Western Oregon University, Arctic culture, art and ecology
Jesse H. Settlemier House Woodburn Marion Willamette Valley Historic house 14-room, Queen Anne style home built in 1892 by Jesse Settlemier, founder of Woodburn
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Dayville Grant Eastern Natural history Includes the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center with fossil exhibits, and the Cant Ranch Museum with exhibits about the cultural heritage of the area
John Tigard House Tigard Washington Portland Metro Historic house 1880 Victorian style farm home; on the National Register of Historic Places; run by the Tigard Historical Association
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Eugene Lane Willamette Valley Art Part of the University of Oregon, American and regional art, Korean, Chinese, Japanese and European art, including Russian icons
Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum John Day Grant Eastern Ethnic - Chinese Chinese culture and heritage in Oregon
Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art Forest Grove Washington Portland Metro Art - Contemporary Art gallery of Pacific University
Kerbyville Museum Kerby Josephine Southern History - Local Information; information, displays on local history including mining, logging and pioneer history, and Native Americans; on the National Register of Historic Places
Kidd's Toy Museum Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Toy Website; 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 Space Medford Jackson Southern Children's Website
Klamath County Museum Klamath Falls Klamath Southern History - Local / Natural history Website; History and natural history; in a 1935 building, formerly a National Guard armory; run by Klamath County Museums organization
Lake County Museum Lakeview Lake Southern History - Local Website
Lane County Historical Museum Eugene Lane Willamette Valley History - Local Website; 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 Center Tillamook Tillamook Coast Art - Quilts Website; exhibits on antique and contemporary quilts
Linn County Historical Museum Brownsville Linn Willamette Valley History - Local Website; Life from pioneer days to the 1940s; in Brownsville's original railroad depot
Little Log Church Museum Yachats Lincoln Coast Multiple Web page; Local historical artifacts, seashell collection, and works of local artists and authors
Manuel Museum La Grande (Hot Lake) Union Eastern Multiple Information; Native American artifacts, military memoriabilia, pioneer items; museum moved from Joseph to Hot Lake, southeast of La Grande
Marion County Historical Society Museum Salem Marion Willamette Valley History - Local Website, on the grounds of the Mission Mill Museum
Marshfield Sun Printing Museum Coos Bay Coos Coast Media - Newspaper Information; 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 Center Eugene Lane Willamette Valley Art Community visual arts center
McLoughlin House Oregon City Clackamas Portland Metro Historic house Part of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Victorian period home, crafts demonstrations
Milwaukie Museum Milwaukie Clackamas Portland Metro Historic house / History - Local website; 1865 farmhouse; collection includes 1872 Portland Street Railway Co. horse-drawn streetcar
Mission Mill Museum Salem Marion Willamette Valley Industrial - Wool mill / Religious history Former 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 Complex Molalla Clackamas Portland Metro Multiple Information; 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 House Albany Linn Willamette Valley Historic house 1849 restored Pioneer Era home; listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Morrow County Museum Heppner Morrow Eastern History - Local Website, includes pioneer, homestead, agricultural and rural history artifacts
Mount Angel Abbey Museum Mount Angel Marion Willamette Valley Multiple Includes natural history dioramas, religious artifacts and Civil War memorabilia
Moyer House Brownsville Linn Willamette Valley Historic house Web 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 & Museum Government Camp Clackamas Mt. Hood/
The Gorge
History - Local Website; History of Mt. Hood area, encompassing Clackamas, Hood River, Multnomah and Wasco counties, also art and natural history
Murphy Museum St. Paul Marion Willamette Valley History - Local Web page; Pioneer settlements on French Prairie and the 1839 Catholic mission in St. Paul
Museum At Warm Springs Warm Springs Jefferson Central Ethnic - Native American History and culture of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Art - Craft Includes works in ceramic, glass, metal, fiber and wood, showing development of West Coast craft since the mid-20th century
Museum of the Oregon Territory Oregon City Clackamas Portland Metro History - OR Territory Website, 10K Years of Oregon Culture, Early OR Photography, OR Industry, Historic Oregon City & Willamette Falls
National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center Baker City Baker Eastern History History, natural history and cultural history of the settlement of the Oregon Trail
Newell House Museum St. Paul Marion Willamette Valley Historic house Reconstructed 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 Museum Lincoln City Lincoln Coast History - Local Website; about north Lincoln County history, including Native Americans and pioneers
Oakland Museum (Oregon) Oakland Douglas Southern History - Local Web page
Oakridge Museum Oakridge Lane Willamette Valley History - Local Website; 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 Museum Aurora Marion Willamette Valley Open air Website; 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 Landmark The Dalles Wasco Mt. Hood/
The Gorge
Historic building - Church Former 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 Museum Eugene Lane Willamette Valley Aerospace 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 Electric Railway Museum Brooks Marion Willamette Valley Railroad Electric trolleys, on the grounds of Antique Powerland
Oregon Film Museum Astoria Clatsop Coast Film History and information on the 300+ movies that have been filmed in Oregon
Oregon Fire Service Museum Brooks Marion Willamette Valley Firefighting Website; Historical fire records, apparatus, equipment and memorabilia
Oregon Historical Society Museum Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Multiple State history, science, art
Oregon Jewish Museum Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Ethnic - Jewish Jewish culture in Oregon, America and the world, art, history
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Ethnic - Japanese Website; lives and contributions of Oregon's Nikkei community, located in Portland's old Japantown area
Oregon Maritime Museum Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Maritime Website
Oregon Military Museum Clackamas Clackamas Portland Metro Military 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) Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Science Also includes the USS Blueback (SS-581) submarine and a planetarium
Oregon Rail Heritage Center Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Railroad Vintage railroad equipment, including steam and diesel locomotives and passenger coaches
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Hall of fame - Sports Closed temporarily, as of May 2008, according to its website
Oregon State Capitol Salem Marion Willamette Valley History Tours of the building, exhibits of art, minerals
Oregon Trail Agricultural Museum Nyssa Malheur Eastern Agriculture Information; 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 Museum Baker City Baker Eastern History - Local Website; rocks and crystals, local history exhibits, the restored Adler House, antique automobiles
Original Courthouse Museum The Dalles Wasco Mt. Hood/
The Gorge
History website, 1859 courthouse with sheriff's office and three jail cells
Oswego Heritage Center Lake Oswego Clackamas Portland Metro Local history website
Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center Newport Lincoln Coast Maritime website, operated by the Lincoln County Historical Society, maritime exhibits, local history and art
Pacific Northwest College of Art Galleries Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Art Campus includes twelve public exhibition galleries, two professional galleries and ten spaces reserved for student and community showings
Pacific Northwest Truck Museum Brooks Marion Willamette Valley Transportation Located on the grounds of Antique Powerland, vintage trucks, vans, semi-trailers and tractors
Pacific University Museum Forest Grove Washington Portland Metro History - Local Part 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 House Sixes Curry Coast Historic house 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 Museum Pendleton Umatilla Eastern Aviation / Military Website; 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 Fame Pendleton Umatilla Eastern Hall of fame - Pendleton Round-Up Currently under construction, cowboy and cowgirl memorabilia, Native American regalia, championship saddles, historical photographs and documents
Petersen Rock Garden & Museum Redmond Deschutes Central 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 Farm Eagle Creek Clackamas Portland Metro Farm Farm of Philip Foster, includes original 19th-century houses and barn, covered wagons, replica blacksmith shop and store, and heritage gardens
Phoenix Historical Museum Phoenix Jackson Southern History - Local Information
Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin Museum St. Paul Marion Willamette Valley Historic house Log cabin with pioneer artifacts, in Champoeg State Heritage Area
Pioneer-Indian Museum Canyonville Douglas Southern History - Local Website, operated by the South Umpqua Historical Society, pioneer and Native American artifacts
Pitney House Museum Junction City Lane Willamette Valley Historic house Web page; run by the Junction City Historical Society, 1870s period home with Danish settler artifacts, also adjacent jail
Pittock Mansion Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Historic house 22 room French Renaissance estate situated on 46 acres (190,000 m2)
Polk County Museum Rickreall Polk Willamette Valley History - Local Website; Includes exhibits on agriculture, logging, and the Kalapuya tribe that occupied Polk County
Portland Art Museum Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Art Includes 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 Museum Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Children's
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Art Contemporary performance and visual arts
Portland Police Museum Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Police Website; Photographs, equipment, uniforms, and documents; run by the Portland Police Historical Society.
Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum Port Orford Curry Coast Maritime Displays about the lifeboat station, in a 1934 building closed in 1970; hiking trails; listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Prewitt-Allen Archaeological Museum Salem Marion Willamette Valley Archaeology Part of Corban University, archaeological artifacts from the Middle East and Greece
Qwest Pioneer Telephone Museum Eugene Lane Willamette Valley Commodity - Telephone information, 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 Museum Troutdale Multnomah Portland Metro Railroad Web 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 Minerals Hillsboro Washington Portland Metro Geology Claims 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 Not Newport Lincoln Coast Amusement
Rinehart Stone House Museum Vale Malheur Eastern Oregon Trail / House museum / 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 Museum Gold Beach Curry Coast Multiple Website; Natural history and history of the Rogue River; run by a for-profit boat excursion company; free admission
Rorick House Museum The Dalles Wasco Mt. Hood/
The Gorge
Historic house 1850 period house operated by the Wasco County Historical Society
Rose Farm Museum Oregon City Clackamas Portland Metro Historic house Oldest American home in Oregon City, Information
Sage Museum Shaniko Wasco Central History - Local Information
Santiam Historical Society Museum Stayton Marion Willamette Valley History - Local Information
Sandy Area Historical Museum Sandy Clackamas Portland Metro History - Local Website; run by the Sandy Historical Society
Schmidt House Museum Grants Pass Josephine Southern Historic house Web page; run by the Josephine County Historical Society
Schminck Memorial Museum Lakeview Lake Southern History - Local Website, includes Native American and pioneer artifacts, antique household items and furnishings
Schneider Museum of Art Ashland Jackson Southern Art Website; part of Southern Oregon University
Schreiber Log Cabin Dufur Wasco Mt. Hood/
The Gorge
Historic house / Living history Information; Pioneer living-history exhibits, weaving, old photos, farm implements
Science Factory Children's Museum & Planetarium Eugene Lane Willamette Valley Children's / Science - Science center Hands-on science museum for children
ScienceWorks Ashland Jackson Southern Science
Scio Historical Depot Museum Scio Linn Willamette Valley History - Local Information, Memorabilia from the area, including clothing, farm implements and household goods; in the original 1890s West Scio railroad depot[5]
Seaside Historical Society Museum Seaside Clatsop Coast History - Local Website; Local history and Native American artifacts
Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House Eugene Lane Willamette Valley Historic house The "Castle on the Hill," built in 1888, a Queen Anne style Victorian mansion
Sherman County Historical Museum Moro Sherman Eastern History - Local Website; includes farm machinery, tools, household items, memorabilia from Sherman County’s early settlers, Native American items
Sherwood Heritage Center Sherwood Washington Portland Metro History / Living history Information; Museum and living history site in two historical buildings; train exhibit
Shedd Museum Shedd Linn Willamette Valley Historic house / History - Local Information; Home of the pioneer Shedd family; community memorabilia, including Civil War and Oregon Trail items
Siletz History Museum Siletz Lincoln Coast Ethnic - Native American Focuses 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 Museum Silverton Marion Willamette Valley History - Local Information; Silverton area history; in the 1908 Ames/Warnock House
Siuslaw Pioneer Museum Florence Lane Coast History - Local Website, Siuslaw River and its pioneers; logging, agriculture, blacksmithing, and transportation; Native American artifacts
South Benton Communities Historical Association Museum Monroe Benton Willamette Valley History - Local Information, photos, artifacts from the 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 Museum Spray Wheeler Eastern History - Local Information; Collection includes pioneer items, photographs, and farm implements
Springfield Museum Springfield Lane Willamette Valley History - Local Website; in the 1911 Oregon Power Company transformer station, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Stevens-Crawford Heritage House Oregon City Clackamas Portland Metro Historic house Website; 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 Museum Sumpter Baker Eastern History - Local / Natural history Website; 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 Dredge Sumpter Baker Eastern Industry - Mining
Talent Historical Society Talent Jackson Southern History - Local Website
Tamastslikt Cultural Institute Pendleton Umatilla Eastern Ethnic - Native American Tamastslikt history and culture; associated with the Wildhorse Resort and Casino
Think Link Discovery Center La Grande Union Eastern Children's Website
Tillamook County Pioneer Museum Tillamook Tillamook Coast History - Local Website; North Oregon coastal history and natural history are combined in the former courthouse in downtown Tillamook. Founded in 1935.
Tillamook Air Museum Tillamook Tillamook Coast Aviation Located in a WW II blimp hangar, includes over 30 War Birds and memorabilia
Toledo Historical Museum Toledo Lincoln Coast History - Local Information; logging, railroad and settlement history of the Toledo area, located at Toledo City Hall, operated by the Lincoln County Historical Society
Trail Creek Museum Trail Jackson Southern History - Local Information; Artifacts and pictures from the Upper Rogue; in a former tavern
Traveling Children's Heritage Museum Deadwood (Greenleaf) Lane Willamette Valley Children's / History - Local Website; 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 Center Tualatin Clackamas Portland Metro History - Local Website;
Umatilla Museum and Historical Foundation Umatilla Umatilla Eastern History - Local Website
Umpqua Discovery Center Reedsport Douglas Coast Natural history / History - Local Website; 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 Museum Winchester Bay Douglas Coast Maritime History of the lighthouse, area Coast Guard history and local history; in a working lighthouse and adjacent former Coast Guard Station
Union County Museum Union Union Eastern History - Local / Natural history Information
University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History Eugene Lane Willamette Valley Natural history / History
Uppertown Firefighters Museum Astoria Clatsop Coast Fire fighting Website; 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 Museum Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Commodity - Vacuum cleaners Web 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 Museum Vernonia Columbia Portland Metro History - Local Artifacts of local history and Native American artifacts
Waldport Heritage Museum Waldport Lincoln Coast History - Local Information; 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 Center Wallowa Wallowa Eastern Ethnic - Native American Website; Wallowa Band Nez Perce culture and history
Wallowa County Museum Joseph Wallowa Eastern History - Local Web page
Washington County Museum Hillsboro Washington Portland Metro History - Local Downtown Hillsboro at the Civic Center
Watts House Pioneer Museum Scappoose Columbia Portland Metro Historic house / History - Local Web page; run by the Scappoose Historical Society
Wells Fargo History Museum Portland Multnomah Portland Metro History Website; 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 Museum Hood River Hood River Mt. Hood/
The Gorge
Aviation / Automobile Focus 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 History Willamina Yamhill Willamette Valley History - Local Website
Wiseman Gallery Grants Pass Josephine Southern Art Website, operated by Rogue Community College, aesthetic, cultural, and social works
Woodburn Historical Museum Woodburn Marion Willamette Valley History - Local Website
Woodville Museum Rogue River Jackson Southern History - Local Website
Working Wonders Children's Museum Bend Deschutes Central Children's
World Forestry Center Portland Multnomah Portland Metro Industry - Timber / Natural history - Forests Forest industry, importance and natural history of forests
Yamhill County Historical Society Museum Lafayette Yamhill Willamette Valley Ope Website; 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 Light Newport Lincoln Coast Maritime Lighthouse and period keeper's quarters rooms
Yaquina Head Interpretive Center Newport Lincoln Coast Maritime Lighthouse and interpretive center
Yaquina River Railroad Historical Society Toledo Lincoln Coast Railroad / Industry - Timber Website; Railroad and logging "Heritage Square"; static display of 1922 Baldwin Steam engine, 1923 railway Post Office car, 1907 caboose
Yaquina River Museum of Art Toledo Lincoln Coast Art Website; Paintings by artists inspired by the land and people of the Yaquina River watershed

Museums and organizations encompassed by Antique Powerland Museums[edit]

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):

Oregon regions[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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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