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Baker Heritage Museum

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Address: 2480 Grove St, Baker City, OR 97814-2719
Phone Number: 541-523-9308
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Housed in the former Natatorium, 33,000 sq ft of permanent and changing...

Housed in the former Natatorium, 33,000 sq ft of permanent and changing exhibits tell the stories of the real people and businesses that developed the region following the discovery of gold in the mountains nearby the Oregon Trail. Home to the world renowned Cavin Warfel Rock Collection, one of the largest in the western US.

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I find it hard to imagine how a town this small put together such a fine little historical museum. Built in the old Natatorium, they resurrected an architectural gem that had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
OldPoiDog
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Summerville, Oregon
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Summerville, Oregon
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I find it hard to imagine how a town this small put together such a fine little historical museum. Built in the old Natatorium, they resurrected an architectural gem that had fallen into disuse and ruin. Great job and a great memorial to civic pride. Must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is awesome. There is so much history here I loved it. I seen so many things that reminded me of my grandpa's farm. I also seen things that reminded me of my logger grandpa. I also seen thing I had only seen in movies.

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Pendleton, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my first stop by the Museum, and I wish that I had visited before. What a gorgeous old building, and it houses amazing displays. It is worth stopping and spending a few hours to capture everything that is inside.

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Issaquah, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a very well done smaller Museum that chronicles much of the history of Baker City. The exhibits are very good and the staff knowledgeable and very friendly. The gift shop has some spectacular rocks from the area that make great gifts for kids. Larger pieces can be found cut into book ends that are very nice. We loved... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

There are lots of bits of local history here. Wide variety. Not as organized or through as other places, but great place to spend a rainy afternoon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Spend at least an hour and be certain to visit the second floor. The museum provides an interesting history of Baker City and the surrounding area. This is a a good place to start a tour of the scenic loop road.

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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

The Baker Heritage Museum gives an excellent depiction of the early day history of life in Eastern Oregon. After the Oregon Trail pioneers arrived in the area, this museum depicts the various businesses and people of the then, very large Baker City which was the area's center of commerce, mining and agriculture. The museum is large, and the displays are... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

We got a groupon for this museum and I'm glad we did. It was so much history in one place and of all sorts! Military, agriculture, rocks, machinery, etc. a little of everything in a historical building right in town. Don't miss it! Give yourself a minimum 1-2 hrs but if you enjoy history you could stay all day!

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Pendleton, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

This museum gives an excellent history of Baker City after the Oregon Trail. They even tell you when you enter the Interpretive Center has the information of the Oregon Trail days. Information here includes the early organization of Baker county, the mines, the farming and the early businesses.

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Philadelphia, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Very informative to go and learn about Baker City's history and its first inhabitants. Lots to see and fun for all ages.

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