Visit Willamette Heritage Center

photo by: Ron Cooper

photo by: Ron Cooper

What You’ll See

Admission to the museum gives you access to exhibits in nine historic structures on our five-acre site. A self-guided tour map is available at the front desk to guide your journey through the museum.

Permanent exhibits in the 1840s homes explore the experiences of Native Americans in the Valley and early European settlement of Oregon including Jason Lee and the Methodist Mission to Oregon and the Oregon Trail.

The Thomas Kay Woolen Mill buildings provide an in-depth look at industrialization and the woolen industry in Oregon. Our special exhibit gallery provides a focused look on seasonal and topical aspects of the heritage of the Mid-Willamette Valley. Click here for more information about our current special exhibits. Additionally, admission grants visitors access to the Research Library and archives which is open Tuesday-Friday 12-4.

Time Requirements

Our five acre site has lots of nooks and crannies to get lost in. You can easily spend two hours or more exploring our exhibits, visiting with our living history interpreters, shopping in our retail stores and eating lunch at the café.

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ADA Access

In order to maintain our historic structures in their original forms, some of our buildings are not wheelchair accessible. These areas include: 2nd Floor of the Lee House, the Parsonage Building, the Crown Gears and the Pleasant Grove Church. Everything else is accessible by ramp. Please ask at the front desk for information on how to get the most out of your visit.

Parking

We have lots of free parking in our lot that can be accessed from Mill Street. We also have an electric car charging station and bike rack.

Docents

We have a dedicated group of volunteer docents who lead tours through the Early Settlement Houses and Thomas Kay Woolen Mill for walk-in visitors several days a week, and for group tours (see information below) scheduled in advance. Check the announcement board at the front desk for that day’s tours and Living History demonstrators. These tours are subject to volunteer availability.

Group Tours

The Willamette Heritage Center offers special rates for adults, senior and student groups of 10 or more. Click here for more information about Group Tours.