Willamette Heritage Center

1313 Mill St SE, Salem, OR 97301, USA

About Willamette Heritage Center

4.6 / 5

from reviews

    Jen Rickey
    June 11, 2024

    My son had a field trip here with his school. The kids got to learn about history in a hands on way and had fun doing it. They also have a restaurant and gift shop. The people were very nice.

    Jennifer D Warren
    December 29, 2023

    This is an excellent hands-on museum for kids and teens to explore. There are several historic buildings that show the history of early Oregon missionaries and settlers in the area. And then there is the mill structures, such as the machine shop & the picker house, that show you all of the steps involved in the process of creating fabric from wool. Frequently there are people using looms on the fourth floor of the Mill building, weaving fabric while you watch, who can answer all of your questions. Our children from elementary age up to college students were all fully engaged and loved exploring this place thoroughly. We suggest giving yourself at least two hours to see most of things here. The gift shops are also well worth seeing. Note: As Historic buildings, not all of these areas are fully wheelchair or stroller accessible. There’s also some uneven flooring and ground throughout.

    Joyce Brehe
    May 18, 2024

    Prepare to get lost in history as you wander the grounds of the Willamette Heritage Center. Go in. Bypass the shops in the main building. Exit into the Center's grounds with various buildings that highlight the history of the area. Explore, and take in the living history exhibits. Visit the shops in the main building as you exit; there's even a small restaurant there if you are hungry/thirsty.

    Adriana Espinosa
    April 02, 2024

    Learned about this museum on a Youtube video about places to visit. DID NOT disappoint, even my teens were impressed and learned some Oregon history. There is a fun self-guided tour- visited historic houses with interesting, & inclusive history. The mill is very well preserved. The mill is also a wedding venue!

    Lucas Kerper
    May 14, 2024

    Great place for a walking tour of the historic site. See how textiles were made long ago along with early electricity production from the stream that flows right through the middle of it. Highly recommended visit while in Salem Oregon. Also stop by Taproot for a cup of tea and lunch.

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