Douglas County Museum of Natural & Cultural History

Douglas County Museum of Natural & Cultural History

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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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half-Brit
Oregon Coast49,399 contributions
Apr 2011
This museum is located right alongside I-5 and is definitely worth a stop! It's easy to find as it's located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

There are many interesting exhibits here. An amusing place to start your visit is to wander into the room marked "Curios and Curiosities", which is an eclectic collection of all sorts of interesting stuff.

Since wine is one of Oregon's major crops, there are exhibits dedicated to the history of wine. There are ancient fossils, Indian history and displays of the old west, including a trapper's cabin. The natural history collection is the largest in Oregon.

The kids can gt involved too, as there is a learning center with games and puzzles, as well as a covered wagon to look at. (How did people travel 1,000 miles or more in that small space?) Kids might also enjoy observing the snakes, lizards and turtles.

Outside of the main building are additional buildings housing antique tractors and farm machinery as well as a Model T Ford. Oregon is logging country, and there is a great display of chain saws, showing how they have changed and improved over the years. Additional outdoor exhibits include more antique farm machinery.

You can go inside an authentic old railroad station and learn all about how railroads came to Oregon's Umpqua valley.

All in all, this is a great place to learn about much of Oregon's history.

The museum is open every day March - November, and Tues thru Sat the rest of the year. Admission is only $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and everyone under the age of 17 is free!
Written June 4, 2011
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Dale G
Myrtle Creek, OR61 contributions
May 2015 • Business
How many times have you driven past the Douglas County Fairgrounds and read the reader board in front of the Museum? How many times have you stopped at the Museum? What a shame. Douglas County has the best Museum on I-5 and not nearly enough of us patronize it. It has wonderful exhibits of History, our culture and natural wildlife, all interesting enough to keep kids and adults alike riveted. It's a perfect place to spend a nice afternoon, winter or summer. If you have some time and some questions, in the basement is a surprisingly complete research library. Shelves and shelves of books and filing cabinets full of a fascinating collection of Southern Oregon History await your perusal. We have a treasure chest right here in our front yard, it's time to explore it.
Written June 1, 2015
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Suzanne H
4 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
We came to Roseburg to do Wildlife Safari the next day, and saw this museum on the way to the hotel. We had some time in the afternoon before we needed to get dinner, so we pulled in here. The museum was inexpensive and a bit small, but had some great exhibits and hands on activities for my daughter. She especially liked visiting the snakes. The exhibits are well maintained and everything had wonderful explanations and connections to history. The annex outside housed some great vehicles and equipment. The gift shop was reasonably priced and had some great things for my daughter to remember. A nice little spot!
Written June 26, 2018
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Shauna M
Roseburg49 contributions
Nov 2014 • Family
We had been to this museum many times before... But our last visit will definitely be our last. The museum was displaying a wild-west style exhibit and had a live rattlesnake pit with the snakes behind glass. We were horrified (and my daughter was a bit traumatized) to find a live hamster crouched in the snake pit obviously awaiting certain death! My daughter has had hamsters as pets and the idea of one living under "Roman Colosseum" conditions brought her to tears. She begged me to save its life. I was heartsick and hoped the snakes wouldn't decide to eat the little guy while we watched! I approached the receptionist and offered to buy the hamster. She refused (I understand that the snakes had to eat - but really - this was just no fun for my daughter!)

Now, although this happened a while back, my daughter still points to the museum sign, when we pass on the highway, and says, "there's the horrible, hamster-killing museum."

I really think doing this exhibit was in poor taste for any museum trying to attract families. We never expected such an exhibit. And it not only colored our day, but permanently caused us to not want to visit.

You know... if a museum wanted to do live animals, I think they could handle things as tastefully as zoos do. Children don't have to see the lions tearing the antelopes apart for dinner. And if they did have to see such things, I doubt families with young ones would go... This was just in very poor taste on the museum's part!
Written October 26, 2015
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Matty_Stuart
Chicago, IL102 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
As someone new to both Roseburg and the state of Oregon, I've been scrambling to devour information for the past week. Today, I was given the opportunity to do just that at the museum, a little before opening hours. This afforded me a calm and pensive walk.

While rounding the upper level for the second time, I noticed an unfamiliar voice that clearly wasn't from the exhibit. Upon closer inspection, I noticed a grandmother reading to her grandson in the small den located in the middle of the floor. This image exemplified my experience of the museum and Roseburg: a place in which people are free to make themselves at home wherever they go.

I'm generally disinterested by historical matters(and am working to change this) but the plethora of not only informative but engaging exhibits quickly drew me in. I was humbled to view the history of Oregon settlers and the struggles they encountered along their journey. Being from the Middle West, my impressions are largely informed by messing around with the Oregon Trail computer game. Visiting this museum gave face to the myriad of important people that made it possible for others to settle here, and I think it's important to be aware of that history.

The museum manages to create a content contrast between history and natural history, but in a manner that remains cohesive; in one instance you may encounter an exhibit about fur traders, and then shortly thereafter you'll come face to face with the animals that allowed that industry to exist. An impressive array of artifacts ranging from agriculture, photography, and music create a multifaceted educational experience.

Perhaps my favorite aspect of the museum was the wildlife. Each of the animals there, live or stuffed, remain in pristine condition and it's clear the amount of effort the staff puts into the upkeep. Honorable mentions go to the live Painted Turtle and Timber Rattler, and the stunning Polyphemus Moth. As I mentioned before, I am new to Roseburg and have yet to go out hiking. I recommend that others also visit the museum prior to hitting the trails because this primes you for the flora and fauna you'll encounter out there. I'm prepared to spot every Stellar's Jay now.

The large scale museums that I'm used to pale in comparison to the character exuded by this place. It represents a collective effort by the community to preserve and share the past, which is a daunting task. However, the workers of the museum have done a stellar job at creating a space that is both fun and informative. Adding to an already welcoming energy, the articulately written exhibits make space to define the scientific terms that would otherwise be lost on Sociology majors like me.

I highly recommend carving out a few hours of your morning to spend in this friendly and fascinating space.
Written March 9, 2018
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281davidt
roseburg, oregon37 contributions
Okay, all you I-5 warriors...how many times have we westerners tooled up or down Interstate 5 and driven right past the Douglas County fairgrounds and Museum Complex just south of the Roseburg? we have all done so MANY times! In so doing, we miss out on a amazing peek back at the history of the region in general as well as a detailed examination and documentation of an event which literally rocked Roseburg and Douglas County to its {literally!} foundations....

The museum has a fascinating permanent exhibit detailing and documenting the explosion of more than 8 tons of dynamite and blasting agent inside a Pacific Powder Co. truck parked in the virtual heart of downtown Roseburg on august 7,1959. The incident spawned headlines and news releases around the world and the museum has created a fascinating exhibit!

And while you are there, take some time to peruse the HUGE store of photographs of all aspects of historical life in Douglas County from the mid 1800's through modern times. The old pictures of logging, hunting and fishing are truly amazing!

The side trip is well, well worth the effortas well as the modest cost of admission.
Written May 19, 2015
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simpleyme
Washington802 contributions
Mar 2013 • Family
when we walked in the front desk was very helpful ,they did not charge my teen admission ( I think they like kids to learn history!) I asked about the research room as I had some local connections even though the research room was not open till afternoon the lady asked me what names I was researching , wrote them down and looked them up later when she saw me again she told me what she found then led me to the research room and let me look at the documents ,then she made copies for me of the items at a very reasonable cost
We really enjoyed the museum displays this is a great museum for children and adults alike we spent about 3 hours
If you like museums and have the time I would recommend a stop here
Written April 2, 2013
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marinbean
roseburg, oregon34 contributions
Feb 2012 • Family
This is a very worthwhile place to visit and bring the kids. There are natural history and local history exhibits, and they have a hands-on touch museum room for kids downstairs. It's cheap, and is never crowded. There is a good mix of interactive and traditional exhibits. I especially enjoy the museum's local historical photos.
Written January 7, 2013
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Keith K
Rapid City, SD352 contributions
May 2012 • Couples
We're full-time travelers and visit a lot of museums, and were impressed with this facility. Although limited in it's size, the exhibits were well presented and the animal mounts were some of the best we've ever seen. Well worth the small admission price.
Written May 14, 2012
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fido2007
Vancouver, WA52 contributions
Feb 2018
went to Roseburg for my Aunt Lois' 90th birthday and after the party and catching up, we decided to take our grand-daughter to the county museum. It was outstanding!! our 10 year old could not get enough of the exhibits and hands displays for the kids. Very well laid out and well worth the $20 admission for the family. Would highly recommend checking it out to understand just how much this area affected the state of Oregon and how much history actually transpired in the area. Will definitely return next time we're in town.
Written July 20, 2018
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