Historic & Museums

A. C. Gilbert's Discovery Village
Salem's children's museum offers year-round fun with indoor & outdoor interactive exhibits in downtown Riverfront Park. Inspiring children of all ages to learn and grow through play.
116 Marion St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-371-3631
www.acgilbert.org
Antique Powerland Museums

 

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
www.antiquepowerland.com
Aurora Colony National Historic District

Aurora Colony Visitors Association
PO Box 86
Aurora, OR 97002
503-939-0312
www.auroracolony.com

Buena Vista Ferry

South end of Marion County outside of Jefferson
503-588-7979
Open mid-Apr.-Oct., Wed.-Sun.; call for hours and possible closures.

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
www.SalemArt.org
Chachalu Tribal Museum & Cultural Center
Features a gallery that shares the Tribe's story, historical artifacts that honor our ancestors and one of the largest Native basket collections in the Northwest. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.   
8720 Grand Ronde Rd.
Grand Ronde, OR 97347
503-897-2226 or 1-800-422-0232
www.grandronde.org/chachalu-museum
Chachalu Tribal Museum & Cultural Center ~ www.grandronde.org/chachalu-museum
Champoeg State Heritage Area
Full hookups, electrical, tent sites, rustic cabins, hiker/biker camp, group picnic areas, visitors center, historical attractions, meeting hall, amphitheater, hiking/biking trails and disc golf.
7679 Champoeg Rd. NE
Saint Paul, OR 97137
503-678-1251 or
800-452-5687(camping reservations)
www.oregonstateparks.org
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.

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
www.evergreenmuseum.org

Forest History Center/Oregon Department of Forestry

Visit Oregon's forest history through displays about forest fire lookouts, Civilian Conservation Corps, logging and fire fighting tools, and Oregon Department of Forestry's 100th anniversary.
2600 State St.
Salem, OR 97301
503-945-7208
www.foresthistorycenter.oregon.gov

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.
869 W Main St. (adjacent to The Oregon Garden on Cascade Highway)
Silverton, OR 97381
503-874-6006
www.thegordonhouse.org
Gaiety Hill/Bush’s Pasture Park Historic District

Roughly bounded by Pringle Creek and Mission Street on the north, Historic Deepwood Estate 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 Historic Deepwood Estate for hours of operation.  Please respect the privacy of the residents within the district.

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
The 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
www.willamette.edu/arts/hfma

 

 

Historic Deepwood Estate

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
www.historicdeepwoodestate.org

Photo by Ron Cooper.
Historic Downtown Salem

 

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

 

Historic Elsinore Theatre
A restored 1926 vaudeville theatre hosting over 140 events a year. From Bach to Rock and Broadway to Ballet...The Elsinore has it all!
170 High St. SE
Salem, Oregon 97301
503-375-3574
www.ElsinoreTheatre.com
Historic Gentle House

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

Independence Heritage Museum

112 S Third St.
Independence, OR 97351
503-838-4989
www.orheritage.org

Museum of Natural History - Mt. Angel Abbey

One Abbey Drive
St. Benedict, OR 97373
503-845-3030
www.mountangelabbey.org/monastery/museum.html

Oregon State Capitol - Visitor Services

900 Court St.
Salem, OR 97301
503-986-1388
www.oregonlegislature.gov/citizen_engagement

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
www.oshmuseum.org
Polk County Historic Courthouse

Downtown Courthouse Square
850 Main St.
Dallas, OR  97338
503-623-6251 or 503-623-2564
www.co.polk.or.us

Polk County Historical Society & Museum

560 S Pacific Hwy.
Rickreall, OR 97371
503-623-6251
www.polkcountyhistoricalsociety.com

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
www.amtrak.com

 
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
www.silvertonchamber.org

Steel Wheels, Motorcycle Mania

100 S Detroit Ave.
Detroit, OR 97342
503-854-3735

The Mt. Angel Glockenspiel

190 East Charles St.
Mt. Angel, OR 97362
503-845-6222
www.glockenspielrestaurant.net

The Reed Opera House
Recently renovated historic building located at the center of downtown Salem, Oregon. Built in 1869-70 by Cyrus Adams Reed, it has played many important roles Salem’s history.
189 Liberty St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-391-4481
www.reedoperahouse.com
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.
Stayton, OR  97383
503-769-3425
Open year-round to the public for sightseeing, picnicking, and weddings.

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
www.cityofsalem.net/unionbridge
 
Wheatland Ferry

North end of Marion County outside of Keizer
503-588-7979
Open 7 days a week; call for hours and possible closures.

Willamette Heritage Center

Mission Mill Museum
Marion County Historical Society

1313 Mill St. SE
Salem, OR 97301
503-585-7012
www.WillametteHeritage.org

World Beat Gallery

Sited in the Reed Opera House, open year-round.
189 Liberty St NE, #107
Salem, OR 97301
503-581-2004
www.SalemMulticultural.org