Previous Exhibits

Past Exhibits

Washington County Artists Open Studios Sneak Preview, August & September 2014

The Washington County Museum is proud to present, “Washington County Artists Open Studios Sneak Preview Exhibit and Sale,” an exhibit that supports the work of local artists by showcasing items from the 40 artists participating in next October’s Open
Studios Tour.

Visit the Washington County Artists site.

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Sum of Many Parts on display May 21- June 14, 2014

Timeless Stitches on display May 21- September 27

Two quilt exhibits will be showcased this summer at the Museum. Sum of Many Parts will feature the work of 14 contemporary quilt artists from across America. The show was originally commissioned by the US Embassy in Beijing, China as a Cultural Heritage exhibit to tour in China. The quilts are now back in the USA. Washington County Museum is one of the first stops on the tour! The Sum of Many Parts will be complemented by quilts from the Museum collection and quilts from area quilters in a second show titled Timeless Stitches. These quilts feature some classic designs of the 19th and early 20th century such as Log Cabin, Crazy Quilt, Wild Goose Chase, and others.  These early quilts will be paired with modern and contemporary quilts created by area quilters showcasing how patterns have evolved.

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June 18th- August 9th, 2014

This exhibition of  50 black-and-white photographic portraits of Kansas City jazz musicians showcases the impact Kansas City Jazz musicians and vocalists had on the national jazz movement of the 1920s and 1930s through photographs of and commentary on renowned jazz musicians who got their start in Kansas City and grew from there to have great impact on American jazz as we know it today. Many of these artists are performing today and remain a powerful influence on the jazz genre.

Photographs by Dan White, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer. Organized by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Read more here.

May 1, 2013 to June 2, 2013

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The Washington County Museum hosted an exhibit showcasing book art belonging to faculty and staff of the upcoming Focus on Book Arts Conference scheduled this summer in Forest Grove, Ore. The exhibit features approximately 45 works from some of the best book artists in the country.

Book art, often referred to as “artists’ books,” are works of art realized in the form of books. Bookbindingand related arts have exploded in the past decade, inspiring artists to explore the unlimited possibilities of the form—scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas or loose items contained in a box as well as bound printed sheets. This exhibit celebrates bookmaking and the book in contemporary art.

November 17, 2013 to June 2, 2013


Jump into Space with NASA’s Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope Interactive Exhibit at the Hillsboro Civic Center Opening Saturday, November 17 at 10 a.m.

November 17, 2012 through June 2, 2013

How did the universe begin? How big is it? What is it made of? What is its ultimate fate? These are some of the questions that scientists have been investigating with the Hubble Space Telescope since its launch in 1990. Not only is Hubble providing us with an unprecedented amount of information about the universe, its breathtaking images—disseminated in the press and over the Internet—have excited more people around the world than any other images in the last decade.

This exciting exhibit makes it possible to see and understand the extraordinary discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope. A model Hubble telescope will be on view along with hands-on activities about how the telescope works.

The exhibit also includes several games, infrared light technology and spectacular backlit color images of planets, galaxies, black holes, and many other fascinating cosmic entities captured by Hubble.

On opening day, November 17 at 2 p.m., NASA speaker, Russell L. Werneth, an aerospace engineer at the Goddard Space Flight Center, will give a special lecture. Werneth was the Extravehicular Activity Manager for the Hubble Space Telescope Project who trained astronauts on telescope repair techniques during spacewalks.

Starting November 17, Washington County Museum will be open Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free to members, $6 for adults and $4 for children. Children age 3 and under are free. The Hillsboro Civic Center is located at 120 E Main Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123 and located at the Hatfield Government Center MAX Station Stop (Blue line). For more information, call 503.645.5353 or visit

The Washington County Museum’s presentation of “Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe” is made possible by:

Pamplin Media Group, the leading source of community news in Washington County and the entire Portland area. In September 2012 it welcomed the Hillsboro Tribune to its family of 18 community newspapers, which also include five other Washington County publications: the Beaverton Valley Times, The Times (serving Tigard and Tualatin), the Sherwood Gazette, the King City Regal Courier and the News-Times of Forest Grove, which has been chronicling the county’s historic events since 1886.

C.F. Plastics Inc.a family-owned plastic injection molding manufacturer located in Hillsboro, Oregon that have served the electronic, sports and medical industries since 1974.

Mentor Graphics Corporation, a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronic, semiconductor and systems companies.

FEI Company, a leading supplier of scientific instruments for nanoscale applications across many industries: materials science, life sciences, semiconductors, data storage, natural resources and more.

The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 61,000 employees worldwide.

Tuality Healthcare is western Washington County’s only local, full-service, independent health-care provider with locations in Hillsboro and Forest Grove. Tuality  has a reputation for providing convenient and quality personal health care for area residents. The company was founded in 1918 and continues to flourish as a not-for-profit, independent, community-governed healthcare system. To learn more about Tuality’s commitment to community wellness, please visits

Vernier Software & Technology, an innovator of data-collection technology for 25 years. Creating easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and software, their products can be found in education from elementary school to college.

U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,080 banking offices in 25 states and 5,085 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions.

May 5, 2012 through September 2, 2012

BATMAN is a Trademark & Copyright of DC Comics. Used with Permission.

Exhibition Catalog
(PDF File)

Bam! Pow! Thwack! Get a closer look at the creative and technical processes of producing some of the most popular – and timeless – comic book superheroes in the country.

The Comic Book Art of Aaron Lopresti will take you on a stroll down Memory Lane.

The exhibit features the work of Oregon native Aaron Lopresti. It unveils selections of his work through the years for comic titans Marvel and DC Comics. Sketches include Wonder Woman, The Hulk, Spider-Man, Batman and X-Men. Also included are some of Lopresti’s original comic creations.

See highlights of Lopresti’s illustrations in various stages of development. Lopresti has worked with Marvel and DC Comics since 1989. He is a regular featured guest at comic conventions and is a former Pacific NW College of Art instructor.

In addition, the exhibit will include a local collection of Big Little Books dating from the 1940s and ‘50s. Big Little Books delighted children with colorful illustrations and action-packed stories of iconic legends such as super detective Dick Tracy for loaning to this exhibition from his collection of Big Little Books.

Previous exhibits also include:

Whipsaws to Chainsaws: History of Logging and
Timber in Washington County

Doing Time: A History of Law Enforcement
in Washington County

This Silicon Forest and Washington County:
History in the Making

Scene & Heard: Images & Voices of the
Tualatin River