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Art Museums

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon
Willamette Valley

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon welcomes visitors to a vibrant museum. Collection galleries featuring American, European, Korean, Japanese and Chinese art are enhanced with special exhibitions and a full complement of programs.

1430 Johnson Lane
Eugene OR
541-346-3027

Maryhill Museum of Art
Mt Hood & the Columbia River Gorge

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Maryhill Museum of Art seeks to enrich the lives of Pacific Northwest residents and visitors by providing public access to the Museum's influential history and broad spectrum of artistic expression.The Museum's collections are housed in a castle-like chateau overlooking the Columbia River Gorge in 26 acres of park-like gardens on 6,000 acres of ranch land.

35 Maryhill Museum Drive
Goldendale, Washington
509-773-3733

Maude Kerns Art Center
Willamette Valley

A non-profit community center for the visual arts. Promoting and advocating appreciation and creation of the visual arts by offering a wide variety of exhibition programs, educational programs for all ages, facilities for artists, public events, and support for community artists. The Center is dedicated to serving the public through major exhibitions, art classes, lectures, workshops, outreach programs, and intimate performances.

1910 East 15th Avenue
Eugene, OR
541-345-1571

Schneider Museum of Art
Southern Oregon

A component of Southern Oregon University,the primary function of the Schneider Museum of Art is to serve as a resource for the visual arts, maintaining a permanent collection, and presenting exhibitions and programs for the educational and cultural enrichment of both a general public and an academic audience.

1250 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, OR
541-552-6246

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Children's Museums

Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon
Eastern Oregon

Ever-changing, hands on exhibits for toddlers and up. Workshops for all grade levels are given where children learn through science, math, art, music, engineering, and cultural awareness. Toddlers can play in the Toddlers Exploration Zone, children can twist into a pretzel in the Shadow Room, create a masterpiece in the Art Room, play dress-up, or travel up the river in a keel boat with Lewis and Clark.

400 South Main Street
Pendleton, Oregon 97801
(541) 276-1066

Portland Children's Museum
Portland, Oregon

Inspiring imagination, creativity and the wonder of learning in children and adults by inviting moments of shared discovery. Offering a multitude of exhibits and programs.

4015 SW Canyon Rd
Portland
503-223-6500

Portland Police Museum
Portland

Detailing Portland's history of law enforcement from the 1850s to the present. Coming in the spring of 2008 is a hands-on exhibit on crime scene investigation specifically geared toward school-age children. Visitors will be able to operate an actual fingerprint scanning machine and florescent lights used to examine evidence. There will be a free child safety kit for kids to take home with them.

1111 SW 2nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon
(503) 823-0019

ScienceWorks Hands On Museum
Southern Oregon

Featuring state-of-the-art exhibits, Science Live! performances and hands-on exploration for all ages.

1500 E. Main St.
Ashland, OR
541-482-6767

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Botanical and Tea Gardens

International Rose Gardens
Portland Oregon

In 1888, Georgiana Burton Pittock, wife of pioneer publisher Henry Pittock, invited her friends and neighbors to exhibit their roses in a tent set up in her garden; thus the Portland Rose Society was established. Today, Portland's International Rose Test Garden is considered the oldest official, continuously-operated, public rose test garden in the United States, Although twenty-four gardens across the nation now test roses, Portland is the only international rose test garden still receiving roses from around the world to be tested in this mild climate between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountain range - and is the only North American city that can issue its awards to roses of merit throughout the world.

Japanese Gardens
Portland Oregon

Portland's internationally recognized Japanese Garden beckons visitors from home and abroad to enter its unique confines. Little more than forty years old, it represents a melding of Japanese traditional garden forms with American hurry. These gardens have its own personality reflected in five formal garden styles set on five and one-half acres: the Strolling Pond Garden, the Natural Garden, the Sand and Stone Garden, the Flat Garden and the Tea Garden.

Mount Pisgah Arboretum
Willamette Valley

209-acre living tree museum. Its riverside trails, quiet paths through evergreen forests, water garden teeming with life, bright wildflower meadows, and open views across oak savannas delight all ages.

34901 Frank Parrish Road
Eugene, OR
541-747-3817

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Science Museums

Crater Rock Museum
Southern Oregon

Founded in 1954 by Frieda and Delmar Smith, the Crater Rock Museum is home to one of the finest displays of rocks, minerals, and gems on the west coast. Visit the petrified forest outside the museum, where you can view petrified wood logs identified as to the tree source and dating between 30-200 million years old.

2002 Scenic Ave
Central Point, Oregon
541-664-6081

Museum of Natural and Cultural History
The Willamette Valley

Experience 15,000 years of Northwest cultural history and 200 million years of geology. Realistic environmental displays portray four geographic regions of Oregon, each a different time in history. There's also an interactive laboratory that offers hands-on science-based activities for visitors of all ages.

1680 E. 15th Ave
Eugene, OR
541-346-3024

ScienceWorks Hands On Museum
Southern Oregon

Featuring state-of-the-art exhibits, Science Live! performances and hands-on exploration for all ages.

1500 E. Main St.
Ashland, OR
541-482-6767

Science Factory Children's Museum & Planetarium
Willamette Valley

Dedicated to playful learning, scientific exploration and hands-on/minds-on activity for each and every visitor. Providing children the opportunity to explore their curiosity and creativity through our ever-changing exhibit hall, innovative educational programming, state-of-the-art planetarium, computer laboratory, thematic special events, field trips and summer adventure science camps.

2300 Leo Harris Parkway
Eugene, Oregon
541-682-7888

Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory
Central Oregon

Private, not-for-profit scientific and educational organization in Sunriver, Oregon. Services include interpretive exhibits, large scale public observatory, educational programs, botanical garden, and a nature trail. Their enthusiastic staff and volunteers provide a fun and thoughtful view of our natural environment.

River Road
Sunriver, OR
541-593-4394

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Historical Museums and Landmarks

Baker Heritage Museum
Eastern Oregon

Home of Baker County History, the Baker Heritage Museum displays and interprets the rich history of the region.

Permanent and changing exhibits of mining, timber, ranching, agriculture, early Baker City life, Chinese culture and wildlife fill the 33,000 square foot building. Whether you spend an hour or spend the day touring the museum you will come away with an appreciation of our region and the people who settled here.

2480 Grove Street
Baker City, OR
541-523-9308

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Mt Hood & the Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The Center has approximately 8,500 historical objects in its collections. Native American baskets from throughout the region, household furnishings, and farm tools are strongly represented. The museum also houses a 17,200 square foot exhibit wing which tells the stories of the people of Wasco County past and present.

500 Discovery Drive
The Dalles, Oregon
541-296-8600

End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
Portland Metro Area

Living history presentations, "Bound for Oregon", an experience in digital cinema, exhibits of artifacts and heirlooms from the trail and pioneer living activities provide a unique and one-of-a-kind experience. M

1726 Washington Street
Oregon City, OR 97045
503-657-9336

Fort Dalles Museum
Mt Hood & the Columbia River Gorge

The Oldest History Museum in Oregon! 1856 carpenter-gothic Army officer's home on original Fort site, pioneer memorabilia, native american artifacts, historic photographs, antique vehicles and authentic hand-hewn log buildings.

500 West 15th St
The Dalles, Oregon
541-296-4547

Garibaldi Museum
The Oregon Coast

The Garibaldi Museum is chartered to preserve the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest by collecting information concerning Captain Robert Gray and Captain Robert Gray's historical vessels, the Lady Washington and the Columbia Redivivia. The museum displays the 18th century sailing world by telling the story of Captain Robert Gray and the trade with native Americans of the Pacific Northwest.

112 Garibaldi Ave
Garibaldi, Oregon
503-322-8411

High Desert Museum
Central Oregon

The High Desert Museum's 53,000-square-foot main building anchors a quarter-mile trail that winds along a tranquil stream and through aspens and ponderosa pines. Guests may walk this trail to reach 32,000 square feet of exhibits and animal habitats. Their indoor exhibits and living history program also show how the land and peoples of the High Desert have exacted and experienced significant changes throughout time.

59800 S. Highway 97
Bend, OR
(541) 382-4754

The Hood River County Historical Museum
Mt Hood & the Columbia River Gorge

The Hood River County Historical Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of valuable documents, photographs and artifacts that reflect and portray the “story” of Hood River County and the Mid-Columbia area. Through exhibits, special events and educational programs the museum is a vital and active part of the community.

300 E. Port Marina Drive
Hood River, Oregon
541-386-6772

International Museum of Carousel Art
Mt Hood & the Columbia River Gorge

Home to the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of antique carousel art, the IMCA invites you to explore the rich history of this nostalgic machine. Open to the Public Saturdays, 12 Noon to 4 PM

304 Oak St
Hood River, Oregon
541-387-4622

Lane County Historical Museum
Willamette Valley

Created to collect, preserve and interpret Lane County's rich heritage. It is the only county-wide historical museum in Lane County. Exhibits interpret county history from 1840's to the present, including Oregon Trail, early trades and children's exhibits.

740 West 13th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon
541-682-4239

Portland Police Museum
Portland

Detailing Portland's history of law enforcement from the 1850s to the present through exhibits showcasing uniforms, arrest record books, weapons, and other artifacts that lend to the story of the formation of the Portland police officer. There is also a room dedicated to the memory of Portland's fallen officers where you can sit and reflect on the sacrifice those officers gave in protection of the community.

1111 SW 2nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon
(503) 823-0019

Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House
Willamette Valley

Built in 1888, the Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House stands as a classic example of Queen Anne-style Victorian mansion of the late 19th century. The house is now owned by the city and administered by the non-profit Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson Associates. It is open for viewing at scheduled times and for special tours by appointment.

303 Willamette Street
Eugene, Oregon
541-484-0808

Tillamook County Pioneer Museum
Northern Coast

Tillamook County’s rich history is preserved for all to enjoy at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum. Beginning with a collection of 400 items when the museum opened in 1935, it has now grown to include 35,000 items plus an additional 10,000 photographs. The current collection ranges from prehistoric specimens to modern day items.

2106 Second Street
Tillamook, Oregon
503-842-4553

Washington County Museum
Portland Metro Area

History, research library, long term and changing exhibits. Hands on discovery room.

17677 NW Springville Rd
Portland, Oregon
503-645-5353

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Other Museums of Oregon

Oregon Electric Railway Museum
Willamette Valley

1.5 mile rides on antique trolleys, barn tours and gift shop. In the museum's collection there are a variety of trolleys and traction equipment.

3995 Brooklake Road
Brooks, Oregon
503-888-4014

Pacific Northwest Truck Museum
Willamette Valley

See some of the great working vehicles that developed the Pacific Northwest! These wonderfully restored antique trucks, parts and memorabilia also show the significant and unique innovations in the development of trucks brought about by the longer distances and rough terrain of this part of the country.

Brooks, OR
503-463-8701

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute
Eastern Oregon

The interpretive center for the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Tribes. The public is invited to learn the history and cultures of the Tribes at the Institute, located at the foot of the Blue Mountains near Pendleton, Oregon. More than a visitor attraction, this facility helps document and preserve traditions and practices that distinguish the Confederated Tribes from any other peoples.

Tillamook Air Museum
The Oregon Coast

See one of America's finest collection of over 30 War Birds including our P-38 Lightning, F4U-Corsair, P51-Mustang, PBY Catalina and SBD Dauntless dive bomber. Climb into a jet simulator! Have lunch at our 40/50's Café. Enjoy shopping in their aviation gift shop. All this housed in a rare World War II Blimp Hangar...the largest wooden structure in the world!

6030 Hangar Road
Tillamook, Oregon
503-842-1130

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