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Hallie Ford Museum of Art

700 State St., Salem, OR 97301
503-370-6855
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Ranked #17 of 27 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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97 reviews 97 reviews
54 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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Salem, Oregon
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99 reviews 99 reviews
41 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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64 reviews 64 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Chandler, AZ
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94 reviews 94 reviews
36 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

The museum is small by most standards but it makes up with quality and a great variety of art. It is one of the best museums we have seen. It is amazing how the time flew while we were in the museum.

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River Road
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

The Willamette U campus is lovely, and this Museum adds to the quality with its architectural aplomb. The art shown is exciting and changes often.

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