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Sure Oregon is outdoorsy, but we’ve got some great insides too.

Breathtaking views are plentiful in the Willamette Valley, but we’ve got more than a few cozy nooks and interesting crannies that invite indoor adventure too. Wind through a few Oregon wineries that feature art collections in Yamhill Valley for a memorable two-for-one experience. Or, visit the most varied collection of historic buildings in Oregon, including the Montieth House.

Don't miss these sights and sounds during your visit through the Willamette Valley

Albany

Albany's Historic Carousel Museum - Albany's talented community has volunteered over 152,000 recorded hours to create something magical! Join them as they carve and paint their way into carousel history, as well as into the hearts and imagination of all that visit our studio. Opens June 2017!

Albany Historic Districts - Albany is credited by historians and architects with having the most varied collection of historic buildings in Oregon. This collection includes styles from the 1840s through the late 1920s and is concentrated within an area of approximately one hundred square blocks.

Corvallis

The Majestic Theater - Just over a century old, this venerable vaudeville house has seen many incarnations over the decades. The Corvallis Parks & Recreation Department now oversees operations and preserves its legacy by providing places and programs designed to enhance quality of life.

Benton County Couthouse - Visit and tour the oldest county courthouse in all of Oregon. The Benton County Courthouse is still being used for its intended purpose - a site for public county court - after over 100 years in the making.

Historic Home and Trolley Tour - Join in on a guided driving tour of the gorgeous historic homes in and around downtown Corvallis, Oregon! Ride in comfortable antique style in an old-fashioned trolley as an informed guide explains the history and architecture behind the beautiful homes on the tour.

Eugene

Oregon Bach Festival - The annual Grammy Award-winning Oregon Bach Festival offers 40+ music events, and will run for two weeks during the summer of 2017. International musicians and vocalists are led by Artistic Director Matthew Halls and perform legendary orchestral and vocal concerts.

Yamhill Valley

Oregon Wine Education Center - A The first dedicated center of its kind in the Northern Willamette Valley, The Oregon Wine and Hospitality Education Center and hosts seminars, workshops and certification programs for  wine and restaurant industry professionals and visitors.

Salem

The Museum of Natural History - Located just outside of Salem, This eccentric collection of artifacts found at the Mt. Angel Abbey includes everything from a North American mammal collection, an 8-legged taxidermy cow, to what is believed to be the world’s largest porcine (hog) hairball. Also includes antique liturgical vestments, American Civil War memorabilia and other natural history artifacts.

Willamette Heritage Center - The Willamette Heritage Center connects generations by preserving and interpreting the history of the Mid-Willamette Valley. The fourteen historic structures on site house permanent and changing exhibits, a research library and archive, textile learning center, and rentable event spaces. The five-acre campus is also home to a café, retail shops art gallery and cooperative artist studios.
 
The OSH Museum of Mental Health – This one-of-a-kind museum chronicles the history of mental health treatment in Oregon and tells the stories of the people who lived and worked at The Oregon State Hospital. The historic Kirkbride building, where the museum is housed, was the location for the filming of the movie, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The museum features a permanent exhibit with movie memorabilia. 

 

Oregon's Mt Hood Territory

World of Speed Celebrates the 100th Run of the Indy 500 with New Exhibit - “Heroes and History,” World of Speed’s newest exhibit (opened June 10) celebrates the 100th running of the Indy 500. This historical showcase features Indy cars from seven decades, spanning the race’s early era to modern cars that still run today. (Exhibit will run through April 2017.)

 

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