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New exhibit, AgriCulture, now open!

The Washington County Museum is excited to announce a new exhibit, AgriCulture: Shaping Land and Lives in the Tualatin Valley, which will be open to the public from September 27th, 2018 through spring 2019. Visitors to this dynamic, colorful exhibit will be able to touch, hear, see and learn about agriculture and the many ways… Read More

A talk with Michael McCloskey, author of “A Glimpse Into History”

We invite you to a special evening with award-winning author Michael McCloskey. He will speak about his newest book, A Glimpse into History, which revisits the words of prominent figures in Oregon’s history who called for the conservation of nature in this beautiful green state. “Adding to his previous studies of Oregon’s environmental history, Mike… Read More

FREE FAMILY MORNINGS: Delivering a Great Story with Comedian Mel Heywood

The Washington County Museum kicks off another season of the Free Family Mornings series with a workshop led by local comedian Mel Heywood! This all-ages, participatory workshop will create a collaborative, supportive environment where participants can learn the basics of doing stand-up comedy through stage movement, writing exercises and voice work. Learn how to deliver… Read More

Thanks to you!

The museum is honored to have the generous support of the Oregon International Air Show in support of Free Family Mornings in the 2018-2019 year. Here’s museum director, Pam Vorachek, after receiving a giant check at today’s grant award ceremony hosted by Standard TV & Appliance in Beaverton, OR. We would also like to thank… Read More

Local Story: Jiseon Lee Isbara

Join us for a Local Story event on August 16th presented by South Korean artist Jiseon Lee Isbara. Amplified by her experience as a first generation immigrant, she engages with socially charged dialogue through the accumulated aesthetics, materials and processes she has garnered as an emigrant from her native culture. Through her artwork, Jiseon questions… Read More

Hillsboro icon back in action!

Thanks to the generosity of Linda and Wayne Gisel who donated this historic conestoga wagon replica to the Washington County Museum. It had been carefully disassembled last September before we moved to PCC Rock Creek, then stored in our climate controlled facility, and finally reassembled by a magnificent crew of volunteers and staff this morning…. Read More

Book signing at the museum on May 15

Are you a newcomer to the area or an established resident interested in local history? We invite you to the Washington County Museum to meet local author, Don Nelson, who has done extensive research and photography in and around Bethany. Don will give a short presentation about the history of this area and will be… Read More

Exhibit: Timber in the Tualatin Valley

We are proud to announce that “Timber in the Tualatin Valley” has been permanently installed at our facility in Rock Creek! With many original artifacts on loan from local collector Bill Racine, this display aims to teach visitors about the history of logging in Washington County, from the first pioneers to railroading to gas powered… Read More

Free Family Morning – World Health Day!

Join us for an active morning at the museum as we celebrate World Health Day. Students from the Health & Science School in Beaverton will be leading activities for all age groups. Bring the entire family to the museum to enjoy Health Day, meet other families, and explore museum exhibits! #healthforall When: Saturday, April 14, from 10am… Read More

Special Exhibit at the Willamette Heritage Center

The Washington County Museum is proud to be a part of a new collaborative exhibition featuring 13 other organizations entitled, “Arrival: Stories of Migration, Immigration and Journeys in the Mid-Willamette Valley.” We have contributed a condensed version of the exhibit, “Americans-All: The Bracero Program in Washington County,” about skilled Mexican laborers who traveled to Oregon… Read More