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The Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill

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Address: 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem, OR 97301
Phone Number: 503-585-7012
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Description: Costumed guides take visitors through all stages of the wool production...
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.
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$7.00 for adults, I think there is a break with the AAA card. We forgot, took the guided tour lasted an hour, could have gone two, but our brains were full, learned so much... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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113 reviews 113 reviews
45 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

$7.00 for adults, I think there is a break with the AAA card. We forgot, took the guided tour lasted an hour, could have gone two, but our brains were full, learned so much. Tour guide knowledgeable, patient, interesting, he loved the mill and Salem. So we saw all the parts of the mill and learned how to prepare wool... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Love this event and glad it was a success. Bobby's presentation was engaging, inspiring and entertaining.

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Lot of interesting stuff from salem's past, Lot of walking involved plan to say for a while. Admission was pretty fair.

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This used to be an amazing museum. I used to visit at least once a year, ever since I was a child. The historic homes used to be my favourite part, they were absolutely magical, the rooms looked like they had just been left the way they were by their early residents, this combined with the costumed tour guides made... More 

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Bothell, Washington
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

A wonderful little tour through a mill. I did a self tour. Video at the beginning was informative. Enjoyed reading the stories in each building about the life and people of the times. Also enjoyed reading and seeing how things worked in the mill. Nice grounds, friendly staff and cute gift shops. There was also a little café but I... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This old mill was established in the late 1800's and has much of the original machinery still there. A self guided tour takes you through the steps of operation and the reader boards explain it all. We hit it lucky when an employee came by asked if we wanted to see a big loom in action, and it was amazing... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is an excellent place for adults and children. You can truly see what life was like when Salem was young. You are allowed to tour at your own pace which is a big plus!

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Pacific Grove, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We wished we'd budgeted more time. We arrived around 9:30 and left at 1:30, but with four preserved missionary structures and the mill complex, we could have easily stayed longer. The cafe here offers inventive and tasty dishes for lunch, and there's lots of things to shop for, if that's your thing. If you like history, you could spend the... More 

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

My sister, visiting from Iowa, spent an afternoon wandering through the historical houses and the mill itself. It had been a while since I had been there and got completely engrossed in all the displays. My sister felt that it was one of the best value-wise attractions that she had seen during her visit in Oregon. There was not a... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Charming pieces of history, very easy for even people in walkers or wheelchairs to visit as there is an elevator. The grounds are a prefect place for a picnic, we have taken advantage of it several times.

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