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Willamette Heritage Center

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Address: 1313 Mill St SE, Salem, OR 97301-6398
Phone Number: +1 503-585-7012
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The Willamette Heritage Center, formerly the Mission Mill, is a National...

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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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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 September 2016
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Albany, Oregon
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Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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mechanicsville, MD
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Mainly focused on the wool mill - lots of great information on the whole milling process, but the cobwebs have been left in place a bit too long - needs a good going over to look more inviting. There is a gift shop as well as a place to get snacks

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

On the spur of the moment, I decided to go to the Willamette Heritage Center. It was a stellar afternoon with so much to see and learn about. There were two wonderful and superb volunteers. One took me on a walking tour of the extensive mill area. Another took me on a superb tour of the home and exhibit area.... More 

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Canby, Oregon
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

I attended a training a Willamette heritage in January. The outside stairs had not been properly maintained and I slipped and fell on slimy stairs. No apology, no compensation for pain and inconveniences. Very disappointing experience and will avoid attending events there; I can't afford the risks.

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Springfield, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

This is a great museum focusing on the history of Salem and nearby environs. We started with the historic buildings (houses, a parsonage, and a Methodist church) for which the front desk gives you a key to let yourself in. I agree with a previous poster who commented on the typos on some of the displays -- there are some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Permanent Exhibits, limited duration exhibits, inside a historic working woolen mill. the mills still runs off the original mill race. events include Christmas, holidays, conferences, history presentations, demonstrations, traditional blacksmithy, water features, ducks, Marion county heritage archives, shops and businesses. small cafe with limited lunchtime hours. Large event space in the top of the mill, smaller meeting spaces with local... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

Cafe here closes at 3 pm so no chance for a late cup of coffee/tea. Only saw the upper floor of spinning room when present for a meeting - vast room that seats 400+ people. Pleasant grounds. Lots of onsite parking.

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Fountain Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

We didn't have time to do the houses tour, but were fascinated by the Mill tour. This woolen mill used to be run by water power, but a more modern turbine now provides electricity to the museum area. Our small entrance fee provided us with a key to open the areas exhibited, including the machine shop, the picker house where... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

It's always a fascinating historical experience and a greal family trip. The old mill equipment is all in place as well as the water wheel and drive system that powered it all. There are interesting displays of fabrics that were woven over the years of it's operation. In addition there are several buildings from the early to late 1800's that... More 

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seattle, wa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Love this place, the cluster of historic building is just the right size, history well presented, some stairs but not too many. Nice overview of the local history. All out side to prepare accordingly.. The mill is kind of amazing, the mill race, machine shop, carding, spinning, weaving rooms are interesting. For the building geeks, the size and visible structural... More 

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