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HISTORY IS OUR

TERRITORY

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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.

 

HOURS

OPEN WEDNESDAY - SATURDAY

10:30 AM - 4:30 PM

ADMISSION

ADULTS: $8

SENIORS: $7

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).

INFO

Tickets may be purchased at the front desk of the museum.

Last admissions processed at 3:45 PM.


 

LOCATED ALONG 99E

211 Tumwater Dr.
Oregon City, OR, 97045

If travelling by bus: board Trimet Line 33 and depart on 2nd & Tumwater.


CONTACT US

(503)-655-5574

 
 
 
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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.

EXPOSING THE PAST

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.

THEN & NOW

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 FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER

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.

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PERMANENT EXHIBITS

 
LIFE IN THE

TERRITORY

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.

Style choices in the 1850s are illustrated by this dress reproduction: a collar, cinched waist, and multiple skirt layers were all popular.
Filed in Oregon City in 1850, we have the last surviving copy of the original Plat Map of San Francisco.
Farm wagons were used for sowing fields, transporting goods, and everyday maintenance within the territory.

PGE

PRESENTS

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.

Hydropower played a monumental role in Pacific Northwest history. Many types of machines were needed to keep the lights on.
Engineer T.W. Sullivan sat at his desk to design the power station at Willamette Falls. He later became mayor of Oregon City.
Sit on hand-carved benches while enjoying short films on the Willamette Falls (benches gifted by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde).

KAEGI

PHARMACY

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.

Does your ailment require rattlesnake oil? Strychnine? Explore actual products sold for "medical" purposes just 90 years ago.
This water grenade fire extinguisher (in blue) is exactly what it sounds like.
Going under the knife? These ultra-sharp bone- saws and scalpels would have been in the operating room at the turn of the century.

Now featuring Augmented Reality elements and the docent-guided  Kaegi Virtual Reality Experience (available Fridays and Saturdays).


HANDS-ON

HISTORY

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! 

The history and diversity of our state's trailblazers is showcased through imagery and a timeline.
A dress-up station allows younger visitors to step into the fashions of early Oregonians.
Guests can send Morse code messages with one another at the Telegraphy table.