Museums & Historical

Marion or Polk Counties

Aurora Colony National Historic District

Unique 19th-Century town, founded by German and Swiss immigrants in 1856. Vintage and antique shops, art galleries, wine tasting, restaurants, annual heritage events, street fairs.
Aurora Colony Visitors Association
PO Box 86
Aurora, OR 97002
503-939-0312

Brown House 1903, Pre-reno, Today

Help us restore the 1903 Brown House by renting our venue for your event, by volunteering for work parties or by making a donation.
425 N First Ave.
Stayton, OR 97383
503-769-8860

Bush House Museum

Bush's Pasture Park
A Victorian residence built in 1878 by pioneer editor and banker Asahel Bush II, the Museum features original fittings and furnishings, including Salem's first indoor bathroom.
600 Mission St.
Salem, OR 97302
503-363-4714

Cherry City Food Tours

A 21 or older food tour of Downtown Salem, five restaurants, sample some great food and meet new people. Groups are from sizes 5-12 people. Stops will include restaurants, bars and a mix of both.
Salem, OR 97301
971-599-1159

Deepwood Museum and Gardens

Queen Anne Victorian on 4.5 acres of manicured and historic gardens features Eastern Golden Oak and Povey stained glass windows. Tours and events offered year-round.
1116 Mission St. SE
Salem, OR 97302
503-363-1825

Eco Earth

A huge globe created out of tile icons made by local artists and students that reflect the world's diversity on land and water. Park: 5 a.m.-midnight; Office: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Salem's Riverfront Park
101 Front St. NE (downtown Salem)
Salem, OR 97301
503-581-4325 or 800-874-7012

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is home to the Spruce Goose and 150 other artifacts. Two museums, a theater and a cafe located on campus.
500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way
McMinnville, OR 97128
503-434-4185

Frank Lloyd Wright's Gordon House

Frank Lloyd Wright's only building in Oregon. This inspirational mid-century modern house is a national historic site and state treasure. Guided tours by reservation. Perfect venue for meetings/retreats, parties, intimate weddings and concerts.
869 W Main St. (adjacent to The Oregon Garden on Cascade Highway)
Silverton, OR 97381
503-874-6006

Gallon House Covered Bridge

Oregon's oldest covered bridge. Named for the days when liquor was sold by the gallon or quart in a nearby house. The bridge was rebuilt in 1990.
Silverton, OR 97381 (northwest of Silverton)
503-581-4325
800-874-7012

Hallie Ford Museum of Art - Willamette University

Hallie Ford Museum of Art features permanent galleries of Asian, European, Native American, and regional art, as well as temporary exhibitions of historical and contemporary art.
700 State St. (Willamette University)
900 State St. (mailing)
Salem, OR 97301
503-370-6855

Historic Gentle House

855 N Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR 97361
503-838-8673

Independence Heritage Museum

Located in the historic First Baptist Church, enjoy collections of area artifacts, documents and photographs. Open Wed.-Sat.; 1-5pm.
112 S Third St.
Independence, OR 97351
503-838-4989

Lee Mission Cemetery

This historic Cemetery is the final resting place of many missionaries and pioneers including Jason Lee, Methodist missionary to Oregon in 1834.
Lee Mission Cemetery
2104 D St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-851-1803

Mount Angel Abbey

Mount Angel Abbey, a Benedictine monastic community founded in 1882, is dedicated to a life of prayer, work, pastoral ministry, hospitality and education.
1 Abbey Drive
Saint Benedict (hilltop above Mt. Angel)
Mt. Angel, Oregon 97373
503-845-3064

Museum of Natural History - Mt. Angel Abbey

The museum features an eccentric collection of artifacts such as American Civil War memorabilia, an American mammal collection and the world's largest porcine hairball.
One Abbey Drive St.
St. Benedict, OR 97373
503-845-3030

Newell Pioneer Village

Small event or meeting space overlooking Champoeg State Heritage Area. Maximum occupancy 50. Outdoor garden space suitable for family gatherings for up to 100 guests.
8089 Champoeg Road NE
St. Paul, Oregon 97137
503- 678-5537

Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health

Explore the history of mental illness and its treatments through the collections of Oregon’s historic State Hospital, formerly known as the Oregon Insane Asylum.
2600 Center St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
971-599-1674

Polk County Courthouse

This 1899 distinctive structure is the third building, replacing the wooden courthouse destroyed by fire in 1898. Guided tours Mon.- Fri., 8am-5pm.
Downtown Courthouse Square
850 Main St.
Dallas, OR  97338
503-623-6251 or 503-623-2564

Polk County Historical Society & Museum

Enjoy 14,000 square feet of remarkable displays and artifacts, including historic maps and unique exhibits on logging, agriculture, pioneer town sites and the Kalapuya tribe.
560 S Pacific Hwy.
Rickreall, OR 97371
503-623-6251

Powerland Heritage Park

A 62-acre campus with 15 heritage power equipment museums. Open Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Great Oregon Steam-Up dates: late July & early August.
3995 Brooklake Rd. NE
Brooks, OR 97303
503-393-2424

Ritner Creek Covered Bridge

The bridge has Gothic windows, a cedar shake roof and is the only remaining structure of its type in Polk County.
Located a few miles south of Dallas on Hwy. 223 (King Valley Hwy.), near the community of Pedee.
503-581-4325 or 800-874-7012

Salem Pacific Railroad Station

500 13th St. SE
Salem, OR 97301
800-USA-RAIL

 
Salem Pioneer Cemetery

Founded in 1854, this is the burial place of Oregon government leaders and others making up Salem's diverse, vibrant society in its early days.
2201 Commercial St. S
Salem, OR 97302

Brown House

The 1903 Charles and Martha Brown House was exceptional when it was built. During the 1920s and 30s the house served as Stayton's first hospital. In 2002 the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. 
425 N. First Ave. 
Stayton, OR 97383
503-769-8860

Silverton Historic Walking Tour

Come discover historic Silverton, founded in 1854. Over 15 residences, businesses and churches are included in this walking tour.
Silverton Chamber of Commerce
426 S Water St.
PO Box 257 (mailing)
Silverton, OR 97381
503-873-5615

The Stayton-Jordan Covered Bridge

Patterned after the Jordan Bridge, which spanned Thomas Creek, east of Scio; it was moved to Pioneer Park in 1988, but burned in 1994. Now beautifully rebuilt. Take 1st Ave. to Marion St. Open year-round to the public for sightseeing, picnicking, and weddings.
Stayton, OR 97383
503-769-3425

Union Street Railroad Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge

Salem's historic Union Street Railroad Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge provides a half-mile link between two large urban parks connecting trails and a family friendly network of sights.
Salem's Riverfront Park
Front Street
Salem, OR 97301
503-581-4325 or 800-874-7012

Willamette Heritage Center

Explore the past at Salem’s American treasure. Tour the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill and the oldest timber-frame structures in the state on our five-acre campus.
1313 Mill St. SE
Salem, OR 97301
503-585-7012

Court-Chemeketa Residential Historic District

East of the State Capitol along Court and Chemeketa Streets
800-874-7012 or 503-588-6173
Houses within the district are not open to the public. Please respect the privacy of the residents within the district.

Gaiety Hollow ~ Gaiety Hill/Bush's Pasture Park Historic District

Roughly bounded by Pringle Creek and Mission Street on the north, Deepwood Museum & Gardens and Bush's Pasture Park on the east, Cross Street on the south, and High and Liberty Streets on the west.
800-874-7012 or 503-588-6173. Refer to the listings for Bush House Museum and Deepwood Museum & Gardens for hours of operation.  Please respect the privacy of the residents within the district.

Historic Downtown Salem

Visitors appreciate historic downtown's beautiful architecture, mix of delicious eateries, unique shops, art galleries, salons, and major department stores.