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The Oregon Trail of Tears & Other Hidden Native Stories

A Local Story conversation with scholar David G. Lewis, PhD. Saturday, October 5th, 2019 from 11:00am – 1:00pm. At Washington County Museum: 17677 NW Springville Road Portland, OR 97229. Washington County Museum invites you to a Local Story event with David G. Lewis, PhD. Lewis is an esteemed author, Native American historian, ethnohistory consultant, anthropologist,… Read More

Museum closed 4th of July week

The museum will be closed for the week surrounding July 4th – from Wednesday, July 3 through Saturday, July 6th. We will resume regular hours on Wednesday, July 10th. Thanks for checking in, and we wish you a safe and happy holiday!

Special exhibit, AgriCulture, closes June 8th

The Washington County Museum’s seasonal exhibit, AgriCulture: Shaping Land and Lives in the Tualatin Valley, will be open to the public until Saturday, June 8th – don’t miss your chance to see it! Visitors to this dynamic, colorful exhibit will be able to touch, hear, see and learn about agriculture and the many ways it… Read More

Snow closure information:

The Museum follows the closure schedule of Portland Community College (meaning if they close, we close).  For real-time updates, please check  Thank you, stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Washington County Museum Offers Free Admission to Furloughed Federal Employees and their Families

Effective immediately, Washington County Museum is offering free admission for furloughed federal employees and their families during the partial government shutdown. The museum joins many area attractions in this effort to ease the financial burden for federal employees in our community. “We want affected families to know that they are important to the community and… 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