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The Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill

1313 Mill St. SE, Salem, OR 97301
503-585-7012
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Ranked #14 of 31 attractions in Salem
Type: History Museums, Museums, Historic Sites
Owner description: Costumed guides take visitors through all stages of the wool production process at the restored 1889 water-powered wool mill located on a five-acre... more » Owner description: Costumed guides take visitors through all stages of the wool production process at the restored 1889 water-powered wool mill located on a five-acre museum complex that also includes other museums and historical buildings. You can also view the water-driven turbine that provides electricity for the buildings. « less
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Halifax
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Went last night to the new exhibit, very nice with lots of information from other museums and organizations, very nice. Such a lovely place and the people are very friendly.

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salem oregon
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Great place to visit and learn about a woolen mill which was a major player in early Salem. There is an historic set of houses - showing what life was like in the 1850's. These are homes of important early Salem settlers. There are rooms to rent for events and a nice setting for a picnic lunch or lunch in... More

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Sparks, Nevada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

We did a self tour throughout the Mill. Beautiful and peaceful outside near the water. The buildings were restored and created for us to walk through and learn every aspect of the place. Some of the reading material was a lot in the houses, could take you hours to finish. However we chose some things to read and just walked... More

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Emery, SD
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

This museum is a restored textile mill. The restoration is done very well. The self directed tour is excellent. We also were delighted to visit with several weavers who were working in the fourth floor workshop. This place is a great family attraction.

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Tucson, Arizona
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We were really impressed with this attraction. After spending three delightful hours wandering through the exhibits, we walked away with a good sense of Oregon's history and settlement.

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Meridian, Idaho
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

My kids and I visited this attraction on our summer trip to Salem this week. There are so many things here to see and do. There are several historic buildings with exhibits in each one. There is the wool mill itself and all the associted exhibits. They have a traveling exhibition as well (a Lincoln one when we were there).... More

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Went to a family members wedding at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill. IT is Beautiful. Loved every minute of it. Anyone looking for a place to get hitched check this place out. You will fall in love!!!!

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SALEM, OR
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

There are a lot of events going on at this historic place. There is a self tour of the facility itself and then the shops and stores. I took in a great concert. Christmas time brings some great events and lights.

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Salem, Oregon
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57 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

There is no charge to stroll through the grounds along the Mill race. Feed some ducks; admire the preserved pioneer buildings on the grounds. If you have time, stop by the museum (FREE on Tuesdays!) and arrange to tour the homes. Details are here: http://www.willametteheritage.org/general_information.html

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Oregon
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53 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

In addition to having the permanent exhibitions on Salem's woolen mill and its historical significance to Salem, they have periodic exhibitions. I've been probably 3 or 4 times in the past year - free every Tuesday! The exhibition space is nice and compact, with enough showcased to provide learning and good visual interest, without being so much as to overwhelm.

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