About the Museum

Become a Member

Join the Washington County Museum TODAY and discover your own connection to the past.

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Experience the rich, diverse history and culture of our region through a membership in the Washington County Museum. Exciting exhibits, educational programs, free family events, and discounts on tickets to receptions and special events take you through the full spectrum of the county’s unique heritage.Your membership goes far beyond your personal experience. As a Member, you demonstrate that you value and support what the Museum does to ignite imaginations and actively engage the public in learning how history, art, technology and our innovative pioneering spirit have shaped today’s communities – bringing to life the diverse cultures that so richly define this remarkable region.

In 2015 your Museum membership gives you special access to cultural attractions throughout the Metro area and in Salem.  The Washington County Museum has partnered with other attractions to offer reciprocal admission with your WCM membership.  Each month your membership extends to another attraction!  The schedule is:  January-Portland Japanese Garden, February-World Forestery Center, March Oregon Historical Society, April-Lan Su Chinese Garden, May and June you may visit Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals and the Washington County Museum, September- Portland Children’s Museum, November-Oregon Zoo, and December-Salem’s Historic Deepwood Estate.  Just show your WCM membership card (your card must be present) at any of the listed attractions during the valid month and you’ll get in free to that attraction!


Museum Memberships for Individuals – Families – Supporters – Businesses – Major Donors
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Read more about what your donation makes possible:

Field trips for elementary schoolchildren

Did you know that most schoolchildren only get one field trip a year? Those in Title I schools often get none at all. Your donation of $250 pays for one school bus for two classes.

Mobile Museum

We charge $85 for a Mobile Museum visit, but the true cost of one visit is $200. Your gift makes up the difference.

Collections Conservation

Our collections require careful handling and lots of TLC. Environmental controls, Museum quality storage materials and specialized treatments are costly (but worth it). Your gift of $100 help keep one artifact in tip-top condition.

Family Days.

We offer FREE monthly Family Days because, even at just $6 for adults and $4 for children, a day at the museum can be expensive for a family of four. A gift of $1,000 underwrites admission for 50 families.

Double your cultural support at no cost!

Match your gift to the Museum with a gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust and your entire Trust gift becomes a tax credit on your Oregon tax return, up to $500 for individuals and $1,000 for couples filing jointly. To make your matching gift, or for more information, go to www.culturaltrust.org/give.

To make a secure, tax-deductible contribution today, you may click the Donate button below, or mail your contribution to Washington County Museum, PO Box 3790, Hillsboro, OR 97123.

Business Memberships

For more than 60 years, the Washington County Museum has played a vital role on Oregon’s cultural stage. It is in a unique position to help our community bridge differences to become an environment that embraces and celebrates diversity. By serving as an archive, a genealogical resource and an interpreter of our shared history, the Museum can help us use the past as a lens through which to view and understand our present
and future.

Building on the successes of our own past and learning from our challenges, the Museum has expanded to include a second facility in downtown Hillsboro. By relocating and expanding the galleries and community service areas to the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza Building, the Museum has added needed and upgraded space for exhibits and education facilities. This site allows for larger exhibit space (13,000 SF), increasing hands-on community activity areas, new program expansion opportunities and enhanced visibility to the community.

To continue serving the people of Washington County, sparking imagination, honoring our collective history and providing opportunities for reflection and learning, we need strong support from you, our local businesses.

The Museum’s Business Members are a select and valued group of donors, including both individuals and businesses. They support the Museum at a level that makes an impact. In recognition, a wide range of benefits including privileged access to events and exhibits, insider information and tickets to exclusive social events.

Click here to download the business membership brochure and application.

Donors & Major Gifts: Giving Societies

You have the opportunity to help support the Museum and preserve its collections, protect existing exhibits and create new ones, and tell the many stories of Washington County better than ever before. Your donation will also help preserve our extensive archive of photographs, maps and other documents.

You can make it possible for us to continue adding new exhibits, family programs, and increase the outreach of our education programs, bringing to life the diverse cultures that so richly define our corner of the Northwest.

Past leaders – Native Americans, pioneers, farmers, loggers, lumbermen, inventors, visionaries and dreamers – have shaped the land and livelihood through their special contributions. Now you can help us preserve their legacy while creating one of your own.

Make an investment today that will help us make the Museum the most relevant cultural institution in the Portland Metro Area.

Heritage Society – $2,000 +

$100 Museum Membership PLUS 10 Washington County Museum Guest Passes, $50 discount on tickets to the annual Gala, acknowledgment on annual Donor List and on the Museum’s website.

Director’s Society – $1,000 – 1,999

$100 Museum Membership PLUS 6 Washington County Museum Guest Passes, acknowledgment on annual Donor List and the Museum’s website.

Tabitha Brown Society – $500 – $999

$100 Museum Membership PLUS 4 Washington County Museum Guest Passes, acknowledgment on annual Donor List and the Museum’s website.

Joseph Meek Society – $250 – $499

$100 Museum Membership PLUS 2 Washington County Museum Guest Passes, acknowledgement on annual Donor List and the Museum’s website.