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“Authentic displays”

Fort Dalles Museum and Anderson Homestead
Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in The Dalles
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum served as a military fort in the mid-1800s. Opened as a history museum in 1905 Anderson Homestead dates back to 1890-house, privy,granary,barn Antique Horse Drawn Vehicles and Early Automobiles
Trout Lake, Washington, United States
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72 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Authentic displays”
Reviewed August 23, 2014

The Dalles has a lot of history with Oregon Trail, Lewis & Clark, and even a gold rush passing through here. Several buildings on site brought in to accompany the Surgeon's Quarters building which is in its original location. Displays are well labeled and packed into the small rooms. All but one historic clock are donations to the museum and in "authentic" (as opposed to "restored") condition. This is especially true of the vehicles building. We had an excellent tour of the Anderson Homestead buildings just south of the main museum by Sam Anderson, great grandson of the original owner. This building gave you a genuine peek into the struggles of early settlers in this area.

Visited August 2014
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Wonderful docent”
Reviewed August 6, 2014

A beautiful green oasis on a 100+ degree day. The docent was very knowledgeable. We toured the surgeon's house on the site of the original Fort Dalles. Lots of great vehicles in a side structure and Swedish hand-hewn constructed house and barn also.

Visited August 2014
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Paso Robles, California
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193 reviews
148 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Fort Dalles”
Reviewed July 25, 2014

This unique museum set high on the hills of The Dalles after being moved to it's present location really takes you back in time, their authentic time period antiques are well preserved and the cover wagon used long ago by America's first pioneer’s gives the visitors a genuine fell of how the west once was. The Anderson's log cabin, all hand cut and it's contents are the best preserved I've seen in this area of old western America, while you are there don't miss on their excellent collection of cars and wagon or stagecoaches. Behind the Anderson house in their large and practical barn all in traditional wooden hay racks and stalls, above in the hayloft with slots directly above each stall below making feeding the livestock simple, practical and fact for those early settlers.

Visited July 2014
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West Orange, New Jersey
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181 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Chock full of interesting artifacts!”
Reviewed July 17, 2014

You'll get a lot of small town, late 1800 & early 1900 Oregon history in this wonderful museum, housed inside the 1856 Carpenter Gothic surgeon's quarters. There are endless artifacts that will keep you busy for quite a while. The fee of $5 seems minmal given the trove of treasures to be discovered.

After you've investigated the dusty artifacts upstairs and down in this building, be sure to see the other buildings on the grounds, especially the Anderson homestead, a surprisingly grand Swedish log cabin that was relocated from elsewhere in the Dalles to a perch behind the surgeon's quarters. You'll also want to check out the antique cars and carriages in the barns, but if it's anywhere near as hot as the day we visited, you won't last long in the sweltering barn!

Visited July 2014
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Moncton, NB
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great place to learn about the history of the area....”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

It might not be a HUGE museum, but in my humble opinion, things that comes in small packages are usually GREAT, well for the Fort Dalles Museum, visiting it is well worth the time spent there learning about the region.

Visited September 2013
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