Education

The Washington County Museum offers an array of programs and resources tailored for different interests. Field Trip programs are highly interactive and include lively discussions paired with hands-on learning. Families enjoy fun-filled workshops led by teaching artists from across the region. College students, professors, researchers and other inquisitive individuals become steeped in local history that spans from the precolonial to the contemporary. At the heart of our dynamic education programs is a vital backdrop created by community-led exhibits that touch on a variety of cultures, artifacts, and ideas that have contributed to the Tualatin Valley’s rich history.

Families

Free Family Mornings is an ongoing series, occurring once per month on second Saturdays during the school year. These events are family-friendly, no-experience-needed workshops led by teaching artists from the community. Museum entrance is free and includes access to all rotating and permanent exhibits.

Classroom and Group Visits

We welcome tourists, clubs, college and K-12 school groups to the museum for fun-filled tours and programs. K-12 students enjoy educator-led Field Trip programs that support Oregon State Board of Education Social Science Core Standards. Group Visits can be tailored to your group’s needs.

Note: Mobile Museum programs for schools will not be available in the 2018-19 school year as we undergo a much-needed process to expand access and restructure the programs for increased financial sustainability.  

Community and Public Programs

The museum offers several options for learning and connecting through community programs such as Local Story, Mobile Museum, and Crossroads Lectures — all of which take place in various locations across the region. On-site programs include author talks and the annual Museum After Dark event.

Research

The Robert L. Benson Research Library contains an extensive collection of Washington County historic source materials, which includes hundreds of manuscripts, images, maps, oral histories, and rare books. Learn more about how to make a research appointment.