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Willamette Heritage Center

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Excellent History Museum

There was no docent available so we did a self guided tour. We started with the Museum video which... read more

Reviewed 25 January 2019
Salem, Oregon
Great stop with a lot of History

This is worth the stop that takes you back in time. A must for history buffs or anyone who enjoys... read more

Reviewed 16 December 2018
Tiburon, California
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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...more
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1313 Mill St SE, Salem, OR 97301-6398
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Reviewed 25 January 2019

There was no docent available so we did a self guided tour. We started with the Museum video which presents a very good overview of the early history of Oregon with emphasis on the Methodist missionaries. The museum has some very nice displays. A lot...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank casaahha
Reviewed 21 January 2019

It's cool I guess. If you're into wool. Also, SO much signage. So much. Floor to ceiling in some places. It would be nice to see more artifacts and save reading for books.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ElDoradoTheMoose
Reviewed 16 December 2018

This is worth the stop that takes you back in time. A must for history buffs or anyone who enjoys rustic historic areas.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DebinSanFrancisco
Reviewed 15 November 2018 via mobile

Would love to come at Christmas. I love the history and intrigue of the museum both historical and industrial. Food, shopping, museum. Can be at own pace if self guided or an additional touch with the costumed guide.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank M4551VSjohnf
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Wonderful exhibits and fun shopping. Restaurant provides comfort food for your visit. Holidays are enchanted visits.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RetiredSalem_Oregon
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

We stop over from Oregon Capitol building adventure to see what willamette heritage center looks like. The building is small,rustic and old. but it is loaded with past history. Please be prepared to read as there are lots of stuffs on the wall to read....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Morriszo
Reviewed 28 August 2018

My husband, brother-in-law and I did a self guided tour of the old mill facility and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the beautifully preserved old buildings, equipment and wool processing. It was so interesting to see the machinery in action, and the photos and written information displayed...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Trav512015
Reviewed 26 August 2018

I got a one-on-one tour of the mill that was absolutely spectacular!!! Highly recommend especially if you, like me, think you have no interest in mills before going. The Kay Mill has lots of drama, intrigue, cool machines, thoughtful and nuanced history -- plus, you'll...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank everythingmustgo2018
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this indoor/outdoor museum. Most of the original 1800-1900 equipment is still in place. Although the mill first produced wood and grain, it became primarily a wool processing mill. I learned an incredible amount. There are so many steps in the process from sheep...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LW26102
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

My grandfather worked here as the millwright and night watchman circa the 1930s to the 1960s. I love to tour around the mill, grounds, and also to the church that was moved here which my grandmother attended as a young girl. My grandfather caught salmon...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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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