If you want to spend your vacation in a place of history, try Aurora, OR. Just a mere 20-minute drive from Salem and Portland, Aurora is the ideal destination for any history buff. BBOnline invites you to explore this city by choosing an Aurora Inn for your accommodations. You'll have access to antique shops, fresh homemade pies and the most unique museums in the state.
Old Aurora Colony Museum
15018 Second St NE
Aurora, OR 97002
This museum is a tribute to the early colonists who lived, worked and died in Aurora, OR. The entire museum consists of five different buildings: a barn, house, cabin, summer kitchen and shed. Inside the buildings are artifacts, exhibits and collections. Also on display are various facts about the families who lived in the colony. These exhibits change monthly with new artifacts added or changed. Special events happen at the museum on an annual or weekly basis. A strawberry social is scheduled every year. If you would like to tour the museum or attend an event, contact the visitor center. Guided tours require scheduling several days in advance. You can also take a self-guided tour daily, excluding Monday; however, the hours of operation may change.
Canby Historical Society Depot Museum
888 NE 4th Ave
Canby, OR 97013
The Depot Museum is located eight minutes from Aurora, OR. This museum option features a number of interesting exhibits and artifacts. If you love learning about a new place, then this museum is a must. There are timelines about Canby, exhibits on steamboats and much more. You can also browse through many different items located in the research room. Visit the Depot Museum Thursday through Sunday. The admission hours are 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This location may be free, but contact them just in case. Donations are accepted as well.
Robert Newell House
8089 Champoeg Road NE
St. Paul, OR 97137
You'll find taking a short 10-minute drive to St. Paul a good choice when staying in an Aurora Bed and Breakfast. The Robert Newell House is a very good museum option. It was constructed in 1852 and brings a great deal of history to Oregon. The home features several collections including quilts, inaugural gowns and looms. This museum also has six rooms decorated in the American Empire Renaissance, Federal and Rococo Revival Styles. A schoolhouse and jail are also on the grounds. The schoolhouse has both a classroom and room for the teacher. These rooms are very well-maintained and in excellent condition. The jail house is small but is still in prime condition as well. As you walk the grounds surrounding these buildings, you may be impressed by the gardens. A heritage rose garden, perennial plants and an orchid are beautiful additions to the museum. You may contact the home's visitor center for more information on the admission prices and hours.