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Lake Oswego Preservation Society

Open Now: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Little Gem

While exploring this area we stumbled across this little museum, we are very glad we did, it may be... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Michelle S
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Charming Lake Oswego History

This intimate cottage has been rebuilt and walls decorated with local history of Lake Oswego. Lots... read more

Reviewed June 18, 2018
Lake Oswego, Oregon
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This ADA accessible, 700 square foot museum is housed in the last remaining 19th century iron worker's cottage. Rotating exhibits feature Lake Oswego's rich history. Regular open hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays plus the first Saturday of each month...more
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40 Wilbur St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034-3921
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While exploring this area we stumbled across this little museum, we are very glad we did, it may be small but it is jammed packed full of history information about Lake Oswego. The staff here are friendly and full of knowledge. We like to thank...More

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

This intimate cottage has been rebuilt and walls decorated with local history of Lake Oswego. Lots to see and helpful staff if you have questions. I am an active member of this place.

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GoodbyeHeart, Founder & President at Lake Oswego Preservation Society, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2018

Thank you so much for your visit and your kind review of our museum. Thanks also for being a member. We're a small organization tackling big projects and every member's support counts! Marylou Colver, Founder & President

Reviewed March 2, 2018

The house, or "worker's cottage" is a tiny one from another time when tiny wasn't cool...but out of absolute necessity and modesty. That the structure is still standing is remarkable Itself. Kudos to LOPS and the city for ensuring its survival when so many old...More

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GoodbyeHeart, Founder & President at Lake Oswego Preservation Society, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2018

Thank you so much for visiting the Society's History Center & Museum and for your kind words about the building and our exhibit. I'll pass on your praise to Rhonda as well. The Society strives for excellence in all that we do. Is there any...More

Reviewed January 15, 2018

I really enjoyed my visit to the Iron Workers Cottage in Lake Oswego. The space, although small, is in a historical cottage and has offers very accurate, educational exhibits and panels explaining the history of the first Iron Furnace in our area. The museum is...More

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Reviewed November 10, 2017

Wonderful little museum housing history and artifacts from the early days of "Old Town" Lake Oswego. Before Lake Oswego became the "tony resort community" to Portland, it was a hardscrabble innovator in turn of the century industry. Sawmills then, the first iron furnace on the...More

1  Thank Seriously007
Reviewed August 13, 2017

1867–2017 Oregon’s Iron Jubilee: Celebrating the First Iron Furnace on the Pacific Coast is the title of this insightful and well researched exhibit in the new History Center and Museum in the historic Iron Workers Cottage in Lake Oswego. Thanks to the commitment of the...More

2  Thank AudiA3girl
Reviewed August 9, 2017

I encourage you to visit the Iron Workers Cottage in Lake Oswego--it's free and fun! The cottage is an historical building that once was home to iron company workers. In fact, it's the last remaining iron company worker’s cottage in the city. The cottage contains...More

1  Thank gblairm
Reviewed April 30, 2017 via mobile

What a gem for both locals and visitors to Lake Oswego! A meticulously restored 1870's Iron Workers Cottage, from Oswego's early "company town" days. Their inaugural exhibit about Oregon's iron heritage is both comprehensive and impressive. There's a unique gift shop too. Simply loved it!

2  Thank ErinO1309
Reviewed April 25, 2017

Spend about 30 minutes exploring a Lake Oswego past you never heard about before! Tour guide Mary Lou was wonderful with so much information to share. She knows a lot about local history, the town's evolution from a company-owned iron mining town to a perfect...More

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