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Willamette Heritage Center

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1313 Mill St SE
Salem, OR 97301
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The Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill, a unification between Mission Mill Museum and Marion County Historical Society, is a stroll through the history of the Willamette Valley.

Its 5-acre campus is home to the 1841 Jason Lee house (arguably the oldest wooden framed house in Oregon), 1841 Methodist Parsonage, 1847 John Boon home, 1858 Pleasant Grove Church and the 1896 Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, named an American Treasure by the National Park Service.

Since their founding as private non-profit associations, Mission Mill Museum and Marion County Historical Society have established reputations as leaders in the preservation and interpretation of Oregon's history; a tradition the Willamette Heritage Center proudly carries into the future. The Center's histories are shared with visitors through daily and group tours, exhibits, living history, hands-on activities, special events, the museum store and rental facilities.

Mission: ���To inspire, connect and encourage understanding, the WHC engages community to preserve and share our heritage.��

Purpose: Willamette Heritage Center collects, cares for, interprets, showcases, and promotes understanding of and education about the history of the Willamette Valley region, including Marion County and the greater Salem area. The Center is anchored by the historic early settlement buildings, the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill and its archival and library holdings.




Scholarship and integrity

Inclusion and engagement

Commitment and tenacity

Enjoyment and inspiration


ENJOYMENT: ���We always have a great time when we go.��

VARIETY: ���There's always something new to see or do.��

AUTHENTICITY: ���The people there are knowledgeable, and share well researched facts in a compelling way.��

TRADITION: ���WHC preserves and carries forward what matters.

CARE: ���WHC is welcoming, accessible, well-cared for and friendly.��

CONNECTIONS: ���WHC enlarges and enriches an understanding of life.��


What will WHC look like in 10 years?

WHC will be a major regional history museum and a leading destination for heritage tourism in the mid-Valley region

WHC will pursue and achieve best practices in museum management as recommended by the American Association of Museum.

WHC aspires to be Salem's first AAM accredited museum.

WHC will be WHC will have a multi-layered educational program for all ages that will make heritage relevant and popular, and provide valuable collections and archives services.

WHC will be a significant caretaker of local archives and collections, developing partnerships with area organizations that value this service

WHC will be the place local residents want to bring their guests��_.first


Access to the grounds is free

Visiting the museum is:

$7.00 Adults

$6.00 Seniors (65 +)

$4.00 Students (with ID)

$3.00 Youth (6 - 17)

Children under 5 - Free

Pre-arranged group tour admissions

for adults (10 or more) are $1 off

per adult.


Monday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Payment Options:

Cash, Credit, Debit, Visa, MasterCard


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