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Baker Heritage Museum

Address: 2480 Grove Street, Baker City, OR
Phone Number: 541-523-9308
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Baker City
Type: Museums
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Owner description: Housed in the former Natatorium, 33,000 sq ft of permanent and changing exhibits tell the stories of the real people and businesses that developed the region following the discovery of gold in the mountains nearby the Oregon Trail. Home to the world renowned Cavin Warfel Rock Collection, one of the largest in the western US.

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Baker City, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Surprisingly well displayed collections, uniquely local and quirky enough to be fun.. The Cavin-Warfel rock collection with it's black-light display is a kid favorite, and the mining exhibits bring history to life. The new Airstream/Wally Byam exhibit is fascinating. The building itself is a reclaimed natatorium, with the upstairs ballroom providing beautiful staging for movable exhibits of the rooms in... More

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Bend, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The display of things and stories from this area make it interesting. Wally Bynum who invented Airstream trailers was born here and Leo Adler made huge contributions to this locale. The display of rocks is outstanding. How many kinds of barbed wire fencing have you seen? Maybe 50 or more shown here.

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Mesa, Arizona
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91 reviews 91 reviews
36 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We can here after the Trail, this has so many items, we couldnt keep track of everything but you need to look at this museum, especially if you have ever lived in Baker City.

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Camp Verde, Arizona
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91 reviews 91 reviews
38 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Interesting local history. People were very friendly and informative. Lots to see for a small attraction in a small community.

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Olympia, Washington
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The story of just the building will amaze you at the start, and it continues through out all of the displays. The locals did it all and in a great way putting it all together. You'll even see the 'set model' for 'Paint Your Wagon' movie filmed locally as well as a giant rock/stone collection. Allow yourself at least 2... More

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Canby, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Rich History. Amazing! We love taking the kids and introducing them to the wonderfully interesting history Oregon has.

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Farmington Ut
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This was really a great museum if you want to see and learn of the history of the pioneers that traveled here. The museum was once a swimming pool, with a ball room at the top that was so interesting. It was beautiful. A great rock collection for those who like to rock hunt, and great displays for older folks... More

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chrisse10, Director at Baker Heritage Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit and feedback! More

Salem, Oregon
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We love historic museums and this one is excellent. Well curated and worth the visit. The mineral exhibit is exceptional. Don't miss the black light room.

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Oregon
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59 reviews 59 reviews
8 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We admit to being hooked on museums, and this one did not disappoint. There's lots to see, and we learned a great deal about the history of that area. The volunteer staff are terrific - so friendly, welcoming and informative. Don't pass this one up if you're in the area.

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Helena, MT
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485 reviews 485 reviews
156 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We were met at the front door by a docent and given a very personal and informative greeting. We were there in part because Baker City is the birthplace of Wally Byam who created Airstream trailers and we have a vintage trailer. There is a small but good exhibit about him in the museum. But there were lots of other... More

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chrisse10, Director at Baker Heritage Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting, and for taking the time to share your experience! More

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