Linn County Historical Museum

Linn County Historical Museum Looking for the Brownsville Historic Pioneer Museum? That's our nickname, Linn County Historical Museum is our real name. Come on in for a visit. No Charge
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The general purpose of the Museum is to: * Conserve the historical and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon, and Linn County, and to provide historical, educational and research opportunities for the public. * Collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret material that pertains to the historical, cultural, anthropological, economic and natural histories of the Pacific Northwest with special emphasis on Linn County.

Our beautiful Moyer House will be open and free during the week between Christmas and New Year, December 26, 27, 28 and ...
12/18/2019

Our beautiful Moyer House will be open and free during the week between Christmas and New Year, December 26, 27, 28 and 31 from 11-4. No ticket, no reservation needed, we will be open from 11-4 each day. The house is beautifully decorated for the Christmas Holiday, much as it would have been when built in 1881.

Yep, it's a foggy day in the neighborhood, but we are warm inside...come discover what's new and enjoy what's old...
12/04/2019

Yep, it's a foggy day in the neighborhood, but we are warm inside...come discover what's new and enjoy what's old...

11/27/2019

The staff and volunteers here at the museum would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Don't forget we will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but will be open on Friday and Saturday, so bring your friends and see what's new.
Here are 30 seconds of our cozy crackling fire to keep you warm!

Students from Danee Kallai's class at Central Linn HS dropped by today to learn a bit about the behind the scenes workin...
11/12/2019

Students from Danee Kallai's class at Central Linn HS dropped by today to learn a bit about the behind the scenes workings of our museum...and had a bit of fun with the Wagon Train Wardrobe.

The Czech Community is Scio will be holding their annual Czech Holiday Cultural celebration this coming weekend with a n...
11/12/2019

The Czech Community is Scio will be holding their annual Czech Holiday Cultural celebration this coming weekend with a number of fun events planned. Check out the Scio Historical Society page for more information

Recent visitors from London and Warsaw  were BIG fans of our local favorite movie, "Stand By Me". Danny Tyrrell showed u...
10/29/2019

Recent visitors from London and Warsaw were BIG fans of our local favorite movie, "Stand By Me". Danny Tyrrell showed us the classic shot of the 4 boys tattooed on his right arm! That is commitment! He and his friend Ryan Mugford, currently of Warsaw, are traveling through the country visiting their favorite movie sites. They had just come from Astoria, the filming location for the movie "The Goonies"

It's happened...winter hours are in effect...
10/01/2019

It's happened...winter hours are in effect...

09/19/2019

Heads Up...winter hours are approaching! Beginning in October we will no longer be open on Sundays...we will be open Tuesday through Saturday 11-4, with Moyer House tours on Saturdays.

Here are a few photos from our Hands on History Event...I took a little vacation, so these are late, but still great...
09/05/2019

Here are a few photos from our Hands on History Event...I took a little vacation, so these are late, but still great...

Ready for the big reveal? The 2nd Annual Hands on History event begins today at 10AM! Apple Cider Pressing? ✔️Wagon Ride...
08/25/2019

Ready for the big reveal? The 2nd Annual Hands on History event begins today at 10AM!
Apple Cider Pressing? ✔️
Wagon Rides Drawn by Belgian Draft Mules? ✔️
Pioneer Clothing for the whole family? ✔️
Real Blacksmith demos and live fiddling? ✔️
Free watermelon slices? ✔️
Big family fun awaits! Hope to see you at the Hands on History today, from 10AM - 4PM.
Location: 101 Park Ave. Brownsville, Oregon

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There are only 3 days till we kick off our 2nd Annual Hands on History Event where kids of all ages can attend and explo...
08/21/2019

There are only 3 days till we kick off our 2nd Annual Hands on History Event where kids of all ages can attend and explore 1850s music and dance, Kalapuya art, cooking over a pioneer fire and listen to stories of the Oregon Trail and Oregon Black Pioneers. As well as many more free activities to learn about and experience. See you this Saturday, August 25 beginning at 10AM!

#handsonhistory #brownsvilleoregon #oregon #ciderpress #watermelon #freetastings #complimentary #breadmaking #blacksmith #pioneercooking #livemusic #grindingwheat #milling #midwillamettevalley #kalapua #kalapuaweaving #pioneerclothing #linncounty #museum #oregontrail #oregonblackpioneers #familydays #familyvacation #summer #travel #vacation

Hands on History is expanding to the Moyer House this year...there will be opportunities to try your hand at spinning an...
08/15/2019

Hands on History is expanding to the Moyer House this year...there will be opportunities to try your hand at spinning and knitting, tatting, weaving and butter churning as well as music from our grand old square piano and wonderful old time toys to play with inside. All the fun starts at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 24th...this is a not to be missed event. See you here!

#handsonhistory #brownsvilleoregon #oregon #spinning #knitting #piano #music #butterchurning #tatting #music #toys #pioneerera #oregontrail #linncounty #family #familydays #familyvacation #summer #travel #vacation

Hands on History invites you to explore how the pioneers who came to this area faced challenging and rewarding experienc...
08/08/2019

Hands on History invites you to explore how the pioneers who came to this area faced challenging and rewarding experiences. Discover cooking over a fire using a dutch oven and a tripod, learn about sourdough bread cultures and make some bread, press some cider, scrub your dirty towels on the washboard and finish it all off with some dancing in the street. The Pioneers worked hard and loved to stop and celebrate now and then. Join us August 24th here at the museum to dip your toe into life in the 19th century.

#handsonhistory #brownsvilleoregon #oregon #ciderpress #ancientgrains #wildyeastbakery #breadmaking #homemadebread #grindingwheat #milling #midwillamettevalley #linncounty #museum #oregontrail #familydays #familyvacation #summer #travel #vacation

One last memory from Stand By Me Day...the Doo-Wop A-capella singers were a real treat and we wanted to give them a big ...
08/08/2019

One last memory from Stand By Me Day...the Doo-Wop A-capella singers were a real treat and we wanted to give them a big Thank You! They were 28 singers from 3 different Eugene choirs who practiced 7 songs from the 50's for 5 weeks before the event! Someone even made pins for all the members and fake Lucky Strike packs for the men to roll in their T-shirt sleeves. We hope they will come back next year!

Looking for somethig to unplug your teen from their device for a day?  Our Hands on History event on August 24th has a c...
08/02/2019

Looking for somethig to unplug your teen from their device for a day? Our Hands on History event on August 24th has a chance to try your hand at panning for gold, blacksmithing, flintknapping, beeswax candle dipping, and learning traditional embalming techniques to help them discover a new skill and give them a short and fun history lesson. (and cool demonstrations for mom and dad too.)

#handsonhistory #brownsvilleoregon #oregon #blacksmithing #goldpanning #flintknapping #candledipping #embalming #linncounty #museum #oregontrail #familydays #familyvacation #summer #travel #vacation #midwillamettevalley #traditionalskills

The Central Linn Cobra Cheerleaders brought their cheerful, fun energy to Stand By Me Day this year being solely respons...
07/31/2019

The Central Linn Cobra Cheerleaders brought their cheerful, fun energy to Stand By Me Day this year being solely responsible for the popular Pie Eating Contest as well as hawking raffle tickets and helping kids with 4 square, hopscotch and jump roping. In the end they even busted out a few routines to the sounds of the Uncaged Locals. They were a great addition to a very fun day, thank you girls!

Hands on History will have all the ingredients to travel back in time and sample some delicious foods that you will have...
07/26/2019

Hands on History will have all the ingredients to travel back in time and sample some delicious foods that you will have learned how to make for yourself. We're showing families how to press cider, bake bread in a cast iron skillet and grind wheat using a stone quern. We're also giving away complimentary slices of watermelon just like pioneers used to eat at picnics. Join us on Saturday, August 24 for a fun filled day of hands on activities.

Did we mention it's free?

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Stand By Me Day 2019 was a great success, maybe one of our most international events. Scott Gray came from Scotland, a 4...
07/26/2019

Stand By Me Day 2019 was a great success, maybe one of our most international events. Scott Gray came from Scotland, a 40th birthday present from his wife. Jason was here from Australia, a young couple who came through last Fall were back from the Barcelona area, there was a mother, daughter and grandma trio here from England and a youngster from Ireland took part in the pie eating contest. We also had visitors from Japan and Italy, upstate New York, Massachusetts, Indiana and Los Angeles. These are just the ones we know about! We loved meeting all these great people and were sorry to see them go when the day was over. Here are some shots from the day...

Getting ready for Stand By Me Day tomorrow...we have already met visitors from England, Scotland, Australia and Upstate ...
07/23/2019

Getting ready for Stand By Me Day tomorrow...we have already met visitors from England, Scotland, Australia and Upstate New York...can't wait to see you all tomorrow, the fun starts at noon!

Count down to Stand By Me Day 2019! 3 days to go! 👍👊🙆‍♂️🙆‍♀️🚂🛤☀️Don't forget the costume contest...show up in your best ...
07/20/2019

Count down to Stand By Me Day 2019! 3 days to go! 👍👊🙆‍♂️🙆‍♀️🚂🛤☀️
Don't forget the costume contest...show up in your best 50's duds and see if you can take home the prize!

Up for a little Pioneer Jam session?  We are warming up for this year's Hands on History event on Saturday, August 24, 2...
07/19/2019

Up for a little Pioneer Jam session? We are warming up for this year's Hands on History event on Saturday, August 24, 2019. Join us for music from the Oregon Trail with the Crazed Weasels, singing, fiddling and maybe some impromptu dancing...

#handsonhistory #brownsvilleoregon #oregon #midwillamettevalley #linncounty #museum #oregonmusic #pioneermusic #pioneers #fiddling #singing #dancing #oregontrail #familydays #familyvacation #summer #travel #vacation

Summer is here and we are only 8 days away from Stand By Me Day on July 23rd!  The Linn County Historical Museum has two...
07/15/2019

Summer is here and we are only 8 days away from Stand By Me Day on July 23rd! The Linn County Historical Museum has two big family-oriented events this summer that are both must-see!

Tuesday,July 23rd Stand By Me Day Noon till 7:00 PM

Saturday, August 24th, Hands on History,10:00 AM till 4:00PM

#handsonhistory #brownsvilleoregon #standbyme #oregonmade #traveloregon #midwillamette #standbymeday #traveloregon #linncounty #museum #familydays #familyvacation #summer #travel #vacation #fun

You'll see the Domestic Arts differently after a visit to the Moyer House during Hands on History.  We're expanding to t...
07/12/2019

You'll see the Domestic Arts differently after a visit to the Moyer House during Hands on History. We're expanding to the historic home this year to showcase more activities, like Old-time Piano tunes, Bygone Era Toys and Games, Tatting and Rug Hooking, Spinning and Weaving..and maybe even an old west card game. Come try your hand..

#handsonhistory #brownsvilleoregon #linncounty #linncounty museum #domesticarts #midwillamettevalley #museum #familydays #familyvacation #summer #travel #vacation #history #livinghistory

Stand by Me Day is just around the corner...13 days away!  There will be loads of fun things happening, all your favorit...
07/10/2019

Stand by Me Day is just around the corner...13 days away! There will be loads of fun things happening, all your favorites and more! Check out our new T-shirt design...Mark your calendar and plan to be here...we're expecting you!

#standbyme, #oregonmade, #fun, #brownsville, #fanday, #blueberrypie, #pieeatingcontest, #tshirts

For all you History Fans, Hands on History is back this summer on Saturday, August 24. Bring your family and experience ...
07/05/2019

For all you History Fans, Hands on History is back this summer on Saturday, August 24. Bring your family and experience period arts & crafts, history-focused trade presentations and pioneer demonstrations. We're featuring over 12 immersive exhibits, Oregon Trail music, games, dress-up and living historians. This is an entirely free event! So mark your calendars...August 24, 2019.

#handsonhistory #brownsvilleoregon #orego #midwillamettevalley #linncounty #museum #artsandcrafts #dressup #pioneer #oregontrail #familydays #familyvacation #summer #travel #vacation #August

07/03/2019

Yes, The Museum will be open July 4th!!!
11:00 till 4:00

The Blueberry Pie Eating Contest is back this year at Stand By Me Day!  The Central Linn High School  Cheerleaders will ...
06/26/2019

The Blueberry Pie Eating Contest is back this year at Stand By Me Day! The Central Linn High School Cheerleaders will be staging the event as a fundraiser for their squad. We are very excited to see this iconic and beloved scene re-created for all who are brave enough to try it! Ima Blueberry will be there to cheer you on!

Planning is underway for this year's annual celebration of our favorite movie filmed in Brownsville; "Stand By Me".  New...
06/20/2019

Planning is underway for this year's annual celebration of our favorite movie filmed in Brownsville; "Stand By Me". New this year will be a Blueberry Pie Eating Contest in the Market Park on Main St, a 50's A cappella Choir, a Hula Hoop demo and instruction session and a new T-shirt design. All our favorites will be back as well, stay tuned as we get closer.

We have officially started our Summer Hours, so we will be open on Sundays through September from 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm. ...
06/04/2019

We have officially started our Summer Hours, so we will be open on Sundays through September from 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm. Bring your Friends, bring your family, don't bring the dog!😉

The Albany Democrat Herald covered our fun event yesterday and had this nice article on their front page.
05/23/2019
New plaques mark 'Stand by Me' sites in Brownsville

The Albany Democrat Herald covered our fun event yesterday and had this nice article on their front page.

BROWNSVILLE — In 1985, as one of 100 extras in the movie "Stand by Me," Eldon Albertson of Halsey was paid $35 per day to mostly sit around and wait

We had a great time today with about 40 people who turned up to help us initiate Brownsville into the Historic Oregon Fi...
05/23/2019

We had a great time today with about 40 people who turned up to help us initiate Brownsville into the Historic Oregon Film Trail. Plaques were unveiled here at the museum as well as on City Hall and in Pioneer Park. The weather was perfect and the goodies were delicious. Thanks to Randy's Main St. Coffee, Early Dawn Bakery and Bramble Cottage for the Blueberry treats! Thank you to the three members of the Oregon Film Office who traveled down to kick this off, Executive Director Tim Wiliams, Jane Ridley and Bob Schmaling. Also thank you to Mayor Don Ware and City Manager Scott McDowell for their help.

If you missed Carriage Me Back to 1888, or you would like to re-visit the fun...here are a bunch of pictures from those ...
05/15/2019

If you missed Carriage Me Back to 1888, or you would like to re-visit the fun...here are a bunch of pictures from those two days. The weather was fine, the horses were prancing and the carriages were full. A good time was had by all.

The historic town of Brownsville is about to become part of the Historic Oregon Film Trail. The state film office has or...
05/09/2019

The historic town of Brownsville is about to become part of the Historic Oregon Film Trail. The state film office has organized a series of fun signs for Oregon filming sites, starting with Goonies in Astoria, and now adding Stand By Me in Brownsville. There will be 3 of these signs which we will unveil on May 22, with all the appropriate dignitaries and Blueberry treats. Meet us at the museum at 2:00 and follow the trail with us.

The actors are polished (well, somewhat...), the hats are outrageous, (for real) and the weather is going to be perfect ...
04/30/2019

The actors are polished (well, somewhat...), the hats are outrageous, (for real) and the weather is going to be perfect (74 and sunny), so make your reservations ASAP for Carriage Me Back to 1888...this Saturday and Sunday. There are a few seats left on Saturday and some available for each wagon on Sunday. Call the museum at 541-466-3390 to reserve your seat...pay when you come for your ride.

The Wagon Train Wardrobe was fun for the Cooper family yesterday, three genrations of ladies stepped back in time in bon...
04/17/2019

The Wagon Train Wardrobe was fun for the Cooper family yesterday, three genrations of ladies stepped back in time in bonnets and frocks. The younger members from Pennsylvania were here visitng their English grandma who now lives in Eugene. They were here shortly after the big Norwegian family stopped by. We always have the most interesting visitors!

Rehearsals for Carriage Me Back to 1888 are well underway with scripts and  performances being polished up for the big w...
04/17/2019

Rehearsals for Carriage Me Back to 1888 are well underway with scripts and performances being polished up for the big weekend. See if you can recognize this script when you tour the Moyer House, May 4 & 5. Call the museum to reserve your seat on the carriage, 541-466-3390

Preparations for Carriage Me Back to 1888 is well under way! The acting workshop last night was a hoot as Brownsville's ...
04/05/2019

Preparations for Carriage Me Back to 1888 is well under way! The acting workshop last night was a hoot as Brownsville's city manager/acting coach Scott McDowell ran the amateur thespians through some acting warmups. They are great and this is going to be a good year! Get your reservations in now...call the museum 541-466-3390 or stop by. The carriage rolls out on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5.

The museum is a great Spring Break destination...especially on rainy days.  This family left before we could get their n...
03/27/2019

The museum is a great Spring Break destination...especially on rainy days. This family left before we could get their names, but they loved the Wagon Train Wardrobe!

Our new Kalapuya exhibit is taking shape...the recreation of Eliza Young's cabin is mostly done. She used to sit out on ...
03/13/2019

Our new Kalapuya exhibit is taking shape...the recreation of Eliza Young's cabin is mostly done. She used to sit out on the front stoop and work on the baskets she was famous for. Her home was on Kirk Avenue in Brownsville.

This weekend in Sweet Home..the history of canals in Lebanon and Albany...
03/12/2019

This weekend in Sweet Home..the history of canals in Lebanon and Albany...

02/28/2019

One last(hopefully) beautiful snowfall! How pretty!

We are open again today, the town looks lovely in the snow, but the roads are clear!
02/27/2019

We are open again today, the town looks lovely in the snow, but the roads are clear!

Yes we have snow here, but the streets are clear and the museum is open till 4:00.
02/26/2019

Yes we have snow here, but the streets are clear and the museum is open till 4:00.

We had some fun visitors today...it was apparently International Day with the Stansfield Family here from New Zealand an...
02/20/2019

We had some fun visitors today...it was apparently International Day with the Stansfield Family here from New Zealand and the Hunzikers from Switzerland at the same time. Both took advantage of our popular Wagon Train Wardrobe corner!

Address

101 E Park Ave
Brownsville, OR
97327

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(541) 466-3390

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