We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill

Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem, OR 97301
Phone Number: 503-585-7012
Website
Sunday
Closed
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 44 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 23
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Interesting.

Heard a lecture on Salem history from one of the Heritage Center employees. It and she were very entertaining, and enhanced my enjoyment of Salem. The lecture was held at the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
VTyankee
,
Burlington VT
Add Photo Write a Review

44 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Burlington VT
Level Contributor
115 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Heard a lecture on Salem history from one of the Heritage Center employees. It and she were very entertaining, and enhanced my enjoyment of Salem. The lecture was held at the convention center, but included photos and information about the mill. Would love to explore further if I am in Salem again.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bend, Oregon
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The three historic houses were amazing mainly for the wealth of history inside on display boards about native inhabitants, early exploration and settlement, women's roles, etc. etc. Super educational and interesting. The mill itself was also interesting but a little hard to take as the tour was quite long and the smells and damp were oppressive at times. The docent... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
154 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Stillwater, Minnesota
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Salem, Oregon, United States
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 10
Bothell, Washington
Level Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
83 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Coos Bay, Oregon
Level Contributor
26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pacific Grove, California
Level Contributor
261 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed The Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill also viewed

 

Been to The Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill

Address: 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem, OR 97301
Phone Number: 503-585-7012
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Salem
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Keystone, South Dakota
2 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from The Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?