HISTORY IS OUR
HISTORY IS OUR
The Museum of the Oregon Territory is a regional treasure that overlooks Willamette Falls. Come explore the history behind our lands, from Native American and early pioneer settlers to how Willamette Falls transforms our region.
OPEN WEDNESDAY - SATURDAY
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
AGES 5-17: $5
FAMILY (2 ADULT + 2 CHILDREN): $20
UNDER 5: FREE
Free admission for retired military and active military + family (up to 5 members).
Tickets may be purchased at the front desk of the museum.
Last admissions processed at 3:45 PM.
211 Tumwater Dr.
Oregon City, OR, 97045
If travelling by bus: board Trimet Line 33 and depart on 2nd & Tumwater.
Oregon City has drawn pioneers of burgeoning industries since its very founding, with photography being no exception. From Leland H. Wakefield who purportedly took the very first photos of the Oregon Territory, to Ralph J. Eddy, whose mid-century photographs traveled the nation in the form of scenic postcards. This exhibit, separated into three parts, invites guests to discover the history of photography, what effect it had on early Oregonians, and how it can show us snapshots of days long gone.
Focusing on the history of photography through the lens of Oregon City photographers, “Exposing the Past”showcases both the work of early Oregon City photographers as well as the technology they utilized in their day-to-day lives.
Take a scenic walk through Oregon City’s Main Street, both past and present, as historic photos of downtown from the CCHS collection are paired with their modern recreations (courtesy of photographer Jo Lynn Dow).
Dressing up for a photo has been practiced nearly as long as photography has existed, but the fashions, the poses, and the props have all drastically changed over the decades.
Before pioneers arrived, indigenous communities thrived. As a point close to river convergence, Willamette Falls was an important site for tribes across the region, acting as a center for trade.
Life in the Territory explores how our predecessors lived and worked the land and features a full-size farm wagon, a diorama of Dr. John McLoughlin’s home, and the last surviving copy of the original San Francisco Plat Map.
Thanks to the generous support of Portland General Electric (PGE) (through our corporate partnership program), guests are invited to explore how the development of power production at Willamette Falls transformed our region.
The Kaegi Pharmacy operated in Wilsonville from 1927 to 1989. Brothers John and Richard donated their antique collection, which illustrates what a true pharmacy could have looked like in the days of Herbert Hoover.
Now featuring Augmented Reality elements and the docent-guided Kaegi Virtual Reality Experience (available Fridays and Saturdays).
The PGE Hands-On History Hall provides a variety of activities that allows visitors young and old the opportunity get "hands-on" with history, including a telegraphy table and dress-up station!