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“Great Museum!”

Fort Dalles Museum and Anderson Homestead
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in The Dalles
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum served as a military fort in the mid-1800s. Opened as a history museum in 1905 Anderson Homestead dates back to 1890-house, privy,granary,barn Antique Horse Drawn Vehicles and Early Automobiles
Reviewed 1 August 2017

We have seen the sign for this many times as we have passed through the Dalles this time we made time to stop. It cost 8 dollars a person.
We really did not have high hopes but boy were we wrong ! This museum has a neat collection of items ,paintings and building saved from the area and moved to the site,They have a collection of old Autos as well, The Anderson homestead was really a fun place to tour, There were people with children and they seemed to enjoy the tour of the old barn that has a room set up as an old classroom. When you go I hope you get a docent as lovely as the young lady who led us around telling us neat stories and answering our questions( I cannot remember her name but she had beautiful waist length brown hair)She made our visit fantastic!
If you get a chance you should visit .

Thank simpleyme
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"history buff"
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"surgeon's house"
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"discovery center"
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"surrounding buildings"
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

I would only recommend paying to visit if you have a specific interest in the pioneering or military history of the immediate area. I specifically wanted to see the homestead as my ancestors came to The Dalles on the Oregon Trail. It was interesting picturing them living in a similar situation.

Thank NoStoppinUs
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

This small collection offers more architectural interest than exhibits. Inviting and pleasant, it appeals mostly to adults.

Thank aphrab
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Reviewed 1 July 2017

we've lately been taking the smallest back roads and visiting the smallest museums in our area. it takes a bunch of work and investigation (get the benchmark series maps !!)
but it has been tremendously rewarding. this was a stopover from hood river to boardman oregon. we'd tried to see this place in winter but it was snowed in and closed.
It was definitely worth going back to see it. nice grounds, nice exhibits of old cars, carriages, hearses. but the museum itself was astonishing. there are an amazing number of good museums on the Columbia - astoria, st. helens, the gorge discovery center - but this is right up at the top. the docents/volunteers are simply wonderful.
let's see - what was great? open up the school children's cupboards and look at the penmanship and diagramming of sentences. what they knew versus what we know should make everyone pause and think about stuff.
small donation. buy a book or leave a tip. these are REALLY nice people.

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Reviewed 29 June 2017

The past military surgeon's lavish home from 1856 is still standing and in pristine condition. The tour also includes a visit to the Anderson Pioneer House, barn, and granary across the street; as well as a visit to an antique car and buggy collection that must have had over 30 displays. The hosts were ever-so-friendly and available everywhere to answer questions. We thoroughly enjoyed this visit, and you will also. One docent passed out homemade cookies from Ms Anderson's old recipe, and she had her grandson there helping with the tour. It was so cute and he actually did a great job.

Thank MaltaBound
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