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“Exceptional Exhibits”

Museum of the Oregon Territory
Ranked #5 of 44 things to do in Oregon City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Museum with exhibits on the local history of Clackamas County, from Native American tribes, through settlement in the 19th & 20th centuries to the present. Special exhibits including the Kaegi Pharmacy - a complete pharmacy straight from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Open 10:30 am - 4:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday.
Townsend, DE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Exceptional Exhibits”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

The Museum of the Oregon Territory is located in Oregon City with an exceptional view of the Willamette Falls, especially from the third floor. Admission is free and it is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 PM.

The exhibits and displays are exceptional. The exhibits, including an incredible photo that covers several walls, draws you into the moment. First you find yourself looking at the overall group of people posing in the picture. Then you search the facial expressions of young and old, only then looking at the clothing for a clearer idea of that moment in time. The Kaegi Pharmacy is a fun and an incredible exhibit and you find yourself reading the titles on the bottles and wondering about medicine and cares of the 1800 and early 1900s.

The exhibits are well defined and cover many subject matters for the local history of Clackamas County. It is definitely a museum that you would like to spend more time, but even a glimpse of some of the exhibits give you a sense of the spirit of the area. A must see if you are in the area, it would be a great museum to visit again.

Visited September 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great Museum”
Reviewed 10 September 2013

This museum has very interesting exhibits of old Oregon City, lovingly curated, and extensive. Great view of the falls, too, from upstairs.

Visited June 2013
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“Great place to learn!”
Reviewed 11 July 2013

The museum is very informative and has a wide variety of interesting displays. There are hands on activities that our kids enjoyed. The museum staff is extremely knowledgable and helpful also.

Visited July 2013
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Walla Walla, Washington
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613 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“Nice place, better when there isn't an event and you can find parking”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

We were recommended to this museum by another museum and they gave us directions. The main issue was finding parking because they had a wedding here and the parking lot and the street in front of the building was packed with cars. We also left but found parking about 3 blocks up the street.

The front desk was friendly and explained the museum. We went upstairs and happened upon a special event where we could answer questions and win candy bars. We hadn’t had lunch, so that worked out pretty well for us.

We toured around the museum and they had some great exhibits, nice pictures and a good view of the falls. We did have a docent that was extra friendly and wanted to just walk and talk, which made it difficult to just explore on our own.

Overall, nice museum and currently free, but they will take donations.

Visited May 2013
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