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Hallie Ford Museum of Art

700 State St., Salem, OR 97301
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Ranked #12 of 21 Attractions in Salem
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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.

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Oak Park, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Really like this museum - nice collection of northwest artists, good context provided on wall cards, excellent special installations. Well worth checking out. Don't begrudge the modest entrance fee, it's part of a lovely small college, take a walk and look around the quad, the Mill Stream, and the Star Trees.

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Corvallis, Oregon
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The Hallie Ford Museum is not huge, but definitely worth an hour or two experiencing the art displays. They rotate special exhibitions, plus they have their own collection - I was pretty blown away at the art that is housed in a wonderful building, well lit, bright, with very pleasant landscaping. I recommend this Museum highly - it is invigorating,... More

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Sheridan, Oregon
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I am glad I finely went to visit this museum. I love art and this place has all kinds. Some I didnt get ? But the artist had something in mind. Not just paintings, I have new understanding of peoples ideas of art. I do appreciate more kinda of art after vising. I highly recommend visiting !

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Salem, Oregon
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120 reviews 120 reviews
57 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
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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203 reviews 203 reviews
89 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
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
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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143 reviews 143 reviews
71 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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74 reviews 74 reviews
10 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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