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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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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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Meet with friends for explore of this Old Colony museum. Learned how and why these German settlers came to Oregon to settle in their utopian community, and people being people... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 24, 2015
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Springfield, Oregon
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Springfield, Oregon
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70 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Meet with friends for explore of this Old Colony museum. Learned how and why these German settlers came to Oregon to settle in their utopian community, and people being people perfection not attained, but an industrious group that did much to advance agriculture and music in their region of the Willamette Valley. Fun to see settings of daily segments of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a museum consisting of four buildings to display the history of German settlers in the Oregon Territory. It depicts all aspects of their lives and religious beliefs and exhibits artifacts from their settlement. There are also knowledgeable docents who lead tours as we as an interesting video presentation. The surrounding area is replete with antique shops that tolerate... More 

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Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 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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