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Old Aurora Colony Museum

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Address: Corner of Second & Liberty Sts, Aurora, OR 97002
Phone Number: 503-678-5754
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: Artifacts from the Aurora Colony, settle in the 1850s by seekers of...
Artifacts from the Aurora Colony, settle in the 1850s by seekers of religious freedom.
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Worth a visit to see a good collection of Oregon Trail artifacts...

Most of the collection is "home life" articles -- things people actually used. They have a spinning wheel exhibit and demonstration once a year as well as an annual quilt show... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Most of the collection is "home life" articles -- things people actually used. They have a spinning wheel exhibit and demonstration once a year as well as an annual quilt show (at different times of the year). The building itself if an authentic piece of the Oregon Trail history. All of Aurora is fun to walk around and visit all... More 

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oregon
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

If you enjoy history of a colony, especially in Oregon, try, the museum and colony complex from the settling of Aurora oregon. Also, if you have read historical fiction writer Jane Kirkpatrick, this visit is especially enjoyable as she has written 3 books about the development of this area. If you can arrange to take a tour from one of... More 

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oregon
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80 reviews 80 reviews
30 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a very nice museum, lots of displays inside and out ,many buildings and lots of excited staff/volunteers . The Aurora area has a neat history worth learning about.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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135 reviews 135 reviews
27 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

High point of a historical village where you can spend a very pleasant afternoon. The village was a German American communal religious endeavor during the latter half of the 19th Century. On the rail line between Portland and San Francisco, it now has the Portland area's best collection of antique shops, some with small cafes.

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Kennewick, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Great piece of little known history , Oregon's long ago failed venture into collectivism and communal living. They tell the story well with pictures and words. After the museum , take in all the great antique stores.

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Gresham, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

I love history and Aurora is a must see town in Northern Oregon, with or without the museum. I enjoyed the presentation given by the guide and I found the buildings quite interesting. Old photos of the street and town give an added feeling of what it might have been like to live in those early settlement times.

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Salem, Oregon
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203 reviews 203 reviews
89 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We spent the day there during Aurora Colony Days in the summer. The whole community comes out. The museum was set up for children to build candle holders, make their own candles, People were in period dress and they taught just how it was to live in Aurora during its heyday. Very interesting

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Woodburn, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

I visited this place when I was growing up and then took my children there. Now I have gone there a few times because my favorite author, Jane Kirkpatrick, has had some book signings there. i like the quilt shows there and have gone there for the strawberry shortcake social. It's a great place to learn of local history.

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Silverton, Oregon
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63 reviews 63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

The curator was well informed and enthusiastic to share the history ofr aurora. I was a little concerrned about the modifications that had been made to historical artifacts, but they would be inviting to young people who enjoy doing more than just seeing,.

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Stayton, Oregon
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

If you are looking for antiques and architectural treasures (small and large) this is the place to go. Warm and welcoming to visitors.

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