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Willamette Heritage Center

1313 Mill St SE, Salem, OR 97301-6398
+1 503-585-7012
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Well worth a visit

After paying a modest admission tee guests are presented with materials on a self-guided tour. The... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Daniel W F
Fort Bragg, United States
Actual woolen mill, now a museum

Thomas Kay built the present woolen mill after a fire burned down the previous one. The city's... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lena K
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The Willamette Heritage Center, formerly the Mission Mill, is a National Parks-designated American Treasure. Take a trip to the past with a costumed guide-led tour through all stages of the wool production process at the restored 1889 water-powered wool mill. Located on a beautiful 5-acre campus in the heart of Salem, the Willamette Heritage Center is also home to the oldest homes in the state. The Lee House and Methodist Parsonage, both built in 1841, as well as the Boon House (1847) and Pleasant Grove Church (1858), are all available for tours. With a total of 14 historic structures, permanent and changing exhibits, a cafe, shops, art galleries, and event spaces, there's always plenty to see at the Willamette Heritage Center. The site is a paradise for history buffs, explorers, and photographers alike. Stop by Monday through Saturday, 10 to 5, to discover the history of the Mid-Willamette Valley.
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1313 Mill St SE, Salem, OR 97301-6398
+1 503-585-7012
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Reviewed 6 days ago

After paying a modest admission tee guests are presented with materials on a self-guided tour. The recreated historic houses are interesting but the "tour" of the mill is a bit disappointing. On Wednesday of last week there was some type of social gathering slated for...More

Thank Daniel W F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thomas Kay built the present woolen mill after a fire burned down the previous one. The city's citizens came up with the money for rebuilding. Mr. Kay introduced numerous innovations and safety measures that kept his employees safe, and made the process from raw (and...More

2  Thank Lena K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were attending a private reception here and had the chance to take a quick tour of either the mill or the Jason Lee settlement. We chose the mill and it was amazing. Most of the original equipment is still onsite and they turn it...More

Thank Nancy T
Reviewed 10 August 2017

I found this place very interesting but there was a bit of information overload!! It's a self-guided tour and there are 9 or 10 houses/building to stop in, each telling stories of the local history - missionaries recruiting the Indians, the wool mill, WWII impact...More

Thank brs054
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Spent a lovely morning to early afternoon. Docents were very informative and friendly and it even had some teenage docents in period costumes demonstrating textile arts, crocheting, embroidery and cross stitch. Well run and clean in a nice setting

Thank marywright59
Reviewed 24 July 2017

This was an interesting museum of several historic buildings focusing on the early history of the Willamette Valley. Most are original to the sight, the wool textile mill. You may wander the grounds without paying, but should you wish to enter the building, which house...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 27 June 2017

This center is tucked away on the college campus. My friend who has lived here didn't know it was there! It has beautiful grounds, video to start you off and a self tour after. They have some hands on looms for adults and kids, although...More

1  Thank travelprof3
Reviewed 2 May 2017

This is an excellent museum of the Willamette history and Oregon history. There are a lot of personal family stories of the settlers that came to the region from the east coast.

Thank Ruth M
Reviewed 4 January 2017

I had been once before with my friend and I was excited to bring my husband to see this. There are neat old buildings that are important to Oregon history that have been saved and moved her very cool! There are little shops and a...More

Thank simpleyme
Reviewed 16 September 2016

I took my parents to see the museum. We were impressed with the exhibits and the varied history presented. We plan on returning soon as we missed few sites.

Thank Jodwal
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$7.00 per person I think for Sen ior its around $5 or $6. I attended an event featuring Bobby Norfolk. He plays the York character from the Lewis and Clark Trail. I was very impressed with his performance. In the summer... More