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Hallie Ford Museum of Art

700 State St., Salem, OR 97301
503-370-6855
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Ranked #18 of 31 Attractions in Salem
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: An outstanding collection of Native American baskets is one of the highlights of this Willamette University museum, which specializes in art of the... more » Owner description: An outstanding collection of Native American baskets is one of the highlights of this Willamette University museum, which specializes in art of the Pacific Northwest and also features European and Asian art. « less
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Salem, Oregon
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120 reviews 120 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

TUESDAYS: admission is FREE for everyone! $6: General; $4: Senior (age 55+); $3: Educator or College Student (age 18+ with school ID). View Permanent Collections of outstanding Pacific NW artists, including Native American artists. Special exhibitions often feature NW art. Easy to find, on State St. just west of Willamette U. campus. Parking (metered) is usually available nearby.

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We went on senior day, so thought we would take in the museum. We have lived in this town for 30 years and never went. My goodness, what a wonderful experience. The displays were wonderful, interesting, interactive for families, new discoveries for children, and generally very educational. We have recommended it to several of our friends

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This museum's exhibits belie its small size. They provide outstanding temporary exhibits, plus a nice sampling of art from pre-history to the present. Their Native American art/basketry display rivals that of much larger museums. Many free lectures associated with the various exhibits. Part of nearby Willamette University, it is heavily used as a "teaching museum."

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West Linn, Oregon
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71 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Although it is a small museum, the visiting "Near East" exhibit was amazing. The artifacts were so beautiful and the historic descriptions fascinating. We were so fortunate to have the opportunity to view this spectacular exhibit. Allow a minimum of an hour for your visit.

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Emery, SD
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

I'm not a fan of modern art. This place is full of it. They had a couple of exhibits of old pottery from the near east which was minimally interesting. There was an exhibit of ancient coins which was interesting. Otherwise, it was a snoozer.

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Salem, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This museum has it all, from an impressive Native American collection of basketry to ancient and modern works of art from local and international artists.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

I went to the Art Museum and spent about an hour viewing the contents. It was a nice clean place and I liked the Oregon art. I thought they should include more paintings instead of so many photographs. It may be just me, but I am in the group of people who don't really consider photographs artistic.

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

This art museum just east of downtown Salem has a wonderful permanent collection of outstanding art by Northwest artists, as well as excellent temporary exhibits. Admission is FREE on Tuesdays.

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Salem OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Hallie Ford Museum just east of downtown on State St. is a treasure trove of Northwest art. Don't miss the current exhibit, "Manuel Izquierdo: Myth, Nature, and Renewal" The downstairs exhibit of sculpture & prints ends Mar. 24; the upstairs exhibit of prints & small sculptures ends Feb. 10. Admission is free Tuesdays!

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Forest Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

This is definitely worth a visit. The museum is quite comfortable and has a variety of permanent collections, although small, the collections are excellent. There are also a number of exhibition halls that change regularly. I was there during the Family Holdings exhibition of nomadic material culture - weavings that displayed a brilliance of color and design.

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