Visit Willamette Heritage Center

photo by: Ron Cooper

photo by: Ron Cooper

Yes, we are open for (self-guided) tours! Check out our new COVID-19 hours here.  Please note that the museum will be closed August 31 – September 7, 2020.  Beginning September 8th, we will be requiring advanced reservations for tours of the museum. 

For information on our COVID-19 safety and re-opening protocols,
please review our WHC Re-Opening Protocol PDF document here (updated 8.20.2020).

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.

Download our Tour Guide here.

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 and visiting the shops and other retailers at the WHC.

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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

In order to keep our dedicated group of volunteer docents and our visitors safe with social distancing requirements, we have suspended docent-led tours until further notice.  All tours are currently self-guided, which is a bummer because our docents are some of the best there are!  We are so looking forward to the time when we can all gather together safely again!

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.