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Linn County Museum
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

Otherwise know as the Brownsville Museum, it's on a side street off the main street, and situated inside the old railroad depot (moved from its original location) and some railroad cars. It's crammed full of history from the time off the wagon trains and after, and has an original wagon that crossed the USA. There's also mocked up shops and business displays and lots of other local artifacts.

The place is staffed by volunteers who are very friendly and helpful and have a good knowledge about the town and its history.

Overall this place is well worth the trip to learn something about local and national history. Children will enjoy it as there is some hands-on stuff.

Outside, the town is also worth walking round, with a great antiques shop on the main street.

1  Thank MK13AL
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Reviewed 15 September 2015

On many occasion traveling I-5, we've seen signs for the Brownsville Pioneer Museum aka Linn County Museum, and on this trip we finally decided to check it out with our pre-teen grandson. Are we glad we did! This isn't too far off the highway, and presents a loving tribute to the pioneers of Linn County within the old train station and a couple of railway cars. We couldn't believe that there was no admission fee, as it would have been well worth it (they do accept donations). So many wonderful displays have been assembled over time, including one of the few authentic covered wagons (this one made by Studebaker) still in existence, since many were chopped up for the wood once the travelers reached their destinations. A visitor then travels through time in this space, with recreations of various businesses and rooms with authentic furniture, costumes and artifacts, including a 1940s beauty parlor, an earlier dentist's office, doctor's office, post office, bank, Art Deco movie theater, etc. There is a small alcove with Indian Artifacts. One wall displays photos of early Linn County residents. They also have a very unusual collection of Victorian hair art. What a blast from the past, and our volunteer guide was so friendly and informative.

Thank Leebot
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Reviewed 13 July 2015

We dropped into Brownsville looking for this museum ,talk about a cute looking old town! The museum was easy to find an old Train Depot and old train cars next to a cute park. The Museum had really well thought out cute displays . The research room is right in the open and accessible to visitors so if you have Linn County roots they make it super easy to look at their collection! All museums should be laid out that way!
2 dollar donation is requested and is well worth it .

Thank simpleyme
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Reviewed 6 July 2015

Really enjoyed our visit here, it is a great little museum with a variety of things to look at and learn but without being overwhelming with too much information. The balance was just right. The lady on duty at the museum, June, was extremely knowledgeable and full of interesting facts.
We stopped by for about 45 minutes and so glad we did. Fascinating to learn about the history of the area and in particular those who made the journey on the Oregon trail.

1  Thank LJBWorcester_UK
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Reviewed 7 April 2015

The museum is in a rail car and they have it full. There is another one that has a part of the old local theater in it. The keeper is very knowledgable and for a museum it is the best I've been to for a small town. Highly recommend. I might add that after a visit there, there is antique shops and small shops to go investigate. Even the pharmacy has some neat finds in it.

Thank chadddd
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