Shelton McMurphey Johnson House

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Shelton McMurphey Johnson House

Shelton McMurphey Johnson House
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Architectural Buildings • History Museums
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House is Eugene, Oregon's Victorian house museum. It is open for tours and available for rentals. On display are period furniture, glassware, and photos of historic Eugene, as well as changing exhibits.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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Expedition601587
11 contributions
Sep 2019
The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House has been a landmark in Eugene for more than a century and is our favorite stop on our Eugene tour. Although many changes have been made over the years, the house – with its carved and turned exterior woodwork, polygonal tower, ornate open porches, and large bay windows – remains Eugene’s most elaborate example of late-Victorian Queen Anne Revival style architecture.
Written August 31, 2020
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Holhaag87
Miami, FL168 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
I didn't get to go inside because they are closed on Monday's, however I gave it five stars because it is so beautiful from the outside and I can only imagine the inside. Next Time!!
Written July 31, 2019
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AHNack
Chapel Hill, NC43 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
After sitting in their parking lot for 20 minutes until they opened for normally advertised hours, we approached the front door to see a small sign saying “closed for private event”. A woman opened the door, informed us brusquely that they were closed, and promptly shut the door in our face. I would not bother visiting a site that apparently cares so little for tourists and has no problem shutting down whenever it is convenient for them, regardless of what this does to those planning a day around a visit. Really poor!
Written June 25, 2019
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Brandy M
Garden Grove, CA5 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
I lived near Eugene, Oregon for the first 25 years of my life, and didn’t know until recently that this house hosted tours. The interior is as interesting to explore as the exterior, with some Victorian era style furniture, porcelain, and garments on display. The self guided tour book explains the family history as you wander through the rooms. It’s within walking distance of the 5th Street Market and the Amtrak train station.
Written April 20, 2019
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OHtravels
Ohio183 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, called the “Castle on the Hill” by locals, sits nestled among a forest of tall trees on the southern side of Skinner Butte.

My first recommendation is to read some history before you go, just in case the volunteers are not there for a tour. It’s the history of the house and the families that lived there that make it such a special place. I was fortunate to have a volunteer docent provide an excellent tour, so my trip was well worth the small price of admission.

Second tip, parking is very confusing! A very small road, looks like a one lane, goes directly to the house, and there is a parking area for maybe 5-6 cars – look for the towering apartment building, and the road sits behind it. (I parked on a side street and walked up the hill, because I wasn’t sure about that little road.) The entrance is located at the front of the house. You will have to climb lots of stairs during your visit.

You can tour the house in less than an hour, but I spent several just listening to the docent and exploring. I didn’t go for tea, but for some local history.

Yes, it was a bit chilly in there. It’s an old house and I am sure expensive to heat for a non-profit, so prepare in advance. Photography is permitted.
Written February 3, 2019
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Kathy L
1 contribution
Dec 2018 • Friends
There were too many people in the house for the serving staff to handle; we had to ask for hotter tea and condiments and we waited for 20 minutes to receive our luke warm pot of tea.
Written December 9, 2018
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PeeDeeR
Seattle, WA425 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
We loved our visit and had to arrange some stuff to make sure we could tour this. So glad we did. To thnk a house of this era only had 3 different oweners is incredible. The collections inside are very interesting including a large section on undertakers. Some a little creepy too - like the wax toddlers they made for a child who passed. Take some time here - allow yourself a couple hours and you can marvel at the collections. Don't miss the attic.
Written October 30, 2018
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martyC5001NS
Boothbay Harbor, ME250 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
My husband and I visited on a Saturday. Difficult to finding without a GPS. Parking confusion where to park. Docent welcomed us but was not that helpful giving an overview. It was a self guided tour but the printed information were in binders (only two available) contained multiple pages of information to read. Very cumbersome. It was a lovely home but we felt a walk through did not give it justice, without a preliminary overview. The Mansion rates a four but....Because of that over-site, I would rated a three.

Simple solution: A half page overview of the two families that occupied this mansion and their contributions to society would be a worthwhile handout to visitors
Written October 23, 2018
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MeuterMedia
Seal Beach, CA2,295 contributions
Aug 2018 • Business
ferrytale home from the outside. 1888 build and donated to the city. well kept grounds, free limited parking. check opening hours or schedule a TEA for 8 or more of your friends. recommended meutermedia
Written August 30, 2018
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512ferdinandf
Eugene, OR15 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
We went to High Tea with our daughter. The waitstaff wear period costumes and are open for tours. Beautiful Victorian decor.
Written July 9, 2018
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Shelton McMurphey Johnson House is open:
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM