Museum of the Oregon Territory

Museum of the Oregon Territory, Oregon City: Hours, Address, Museum of the Oregon Territory Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of the Oregon Territory

Museum of the Oregon Territory
4.5
Natural History Museums • History Museums
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Museum with exhibits on the local history of Clackamas County, from Native American tribes, through settlement in the 19th & 20th centuries to the present. Special exhibits including the Kaegi Pharmacy - a complete pharmacy straight from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Open 10:30 am - 4:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Debbie P
Washington State910 contributions
Wow!! Interesting.
May 2021
I thought the museum would be small when I went in. Its pretty big! I found a lot of interesting things. It took us about 2 hours to go through it, but it was worth it!
Written May 10, 2021
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Tony S
Portland, OR411 contributions
Worth the Stop
Aug 2019
The Museum of the Oregon Territory is a compact and interesting place. The Museum tells the story of the Oregon Territory. It has some artifacts but the best is the old pharmacy. Definitely worth the stop!!! They honor veterans get with FREE admission!!!!
Written August 24, 2019
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Michael P
4 contributions
Ancient Pharmacy + History of Photography
Aug 2019 • Couples
The pharmacy is a highlight, but there's also an excellent collection of photographs from early Oregon City as there were a number of incredibly talented photographers who lived there, capturing the city's history.

A few weird items will draw your attention as well, including photos of recently deceased children in repose and live children being held in place by their mothers hiding just outside the frame or under a blanket, which makes sense when you consider how long you had to remain still for a photograph.
Written August 1, 2019
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Coy V
Oregon City, OR77 contributions
A surprise in a funky location for sure
Sep 2017 • Couples
We enjoyed seeing all different topics and history. We went there to look the possibility of having a reception there and were very pleasantly surprised by the wide range of great history that was well organized and helpful guides. Well worth going there again now with grandchildren they will enjoy it as well.
Written August 15, 2018
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fredSeattle_Wa
seattle, wa205 contributions
Great place- well organized
Jun 2018 • Couples
Great place - not huge, well organized and well staffed. If you are traveling this is a perfect place to stop, get out of the car and take a really interesting break. It’s not large so you could pretty much do it justice in an hour or less. What makes this especially interesting is that you are looking at the falls and the museum walks you through the history of the site. It’s a great place to see the falls and, as the interpretive film tells you, second largest falls in the US. Has clean restrooms, good/parking and interesting stuff, around 8.00 for adults, a bit less for seniors. And a solid round of applause for the grounds keeper, nicely done and another reason to get out of the car.
Written June 13, 2018
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Cindy S
Springfield, Oregon737 contributions
Funky location (2nd then up the hill and immediate left
Jun 2018 • Family
Small but fun, hands-on wide range of topics museum, great for kids with short attention span. Moderately priced, plus genealogy room too. Worth a visit
Written June 5, 2018
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Danielle G
Boynton Beach, FL170 contributions
Great flavor of local history
Jun 2017 • Couples
We enjoyed our visit here. An inexpensive trip to learn local and Oregon history. We had a great time and i loved their medical collection.
Written May 14, 2018
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ElizabethP999
Sierra Vista, AZ56 contributions
Great Exhibits -- Free admission for Active and Retired Military and their Families
May 2018 • Couples
We really enjoyed this museum on second floor. Great video about the history of Willamette Falls. Learned a lot about the abandoned buildings along the river and the use of water power too bring electricity to Portland.
Written May 3, 2018
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Paul Z
Alexandria, VA16 contributions
Delightful museum
Nov 2017 • Friends
While the museum does describe the history of the 12-year period from the formation of the Oregon Territory (including all of the Pacific Northwest) until Oregon became a state (with the boundaries we know now), much of the museum deals with the history of Oregon City and the logging and paper industries that established themselves along the banks of the Willamette River. The highlight for me was a delightful sandbox in which you could shape mountains and valleys and see a projector superimpose contours from above as well as streams or lakes that might result from the landform you created.
Written November 8, 2017
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RSNN
Portland, OR6,303 contributions
I liked the Recreated 1920's Pharmacy
Sep 2017 • Solo
The Museum of Oregon Territory is overlooking the Willamette Falls next to the McLoughlin Boulevard. It is open Wed through Sat from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 5-17, Free for under % years old.
Your ticket also includes admission to the Stevens Crawford Heritage house at 603 South Street. They are open Fridays and Saturdays from Noon till 4 PM.

The museum starts on the second floor. It has many items on display concerning life in the Oregon Territory from the American settlement days. There are also some Native American artifacts. Some Industrial Exhibits. And a recreated 1920's pharmacy that was a very impressive thing to see. I think this is what i like the most just for the feel and atmosphere it created.

They had a Free booklet titled AN OREGON POWERHOUSE The T. W. Sullivan Story. About a key figure in Oregon History. So I took one of them to read at home and learn a bit more about him and the area.

Up on the third floor is The Tumwater Ballroom. this is a room that can be reserved for some special occasions like wedding receptions, meetings, or special events. It has a great view of the Willamette Falls and the Willamette River.
Written September 4, 2017
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Museum of the Oregon Territory is open:
  • Wed - Sat 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM