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Willamette Heritage Center

Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Fantastic stop, we will return.

Would love to come at Christmas. I love the history and intrigue of the museum both historical and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Great Salem History

Wonderful exhibits and fun shopping. Restaurant provides comfort food for your visit. Holidays... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Salem, Oregon
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The Willamette Heritage Center, formerly the Mission Mill, is a National Parks-designated American Treasure. Take a trip to the past with a costumed guide-led tour through all stages of the wool production process at the restored 1889 water-powered...more
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1313 Mill St SE, Salem, OR 97301-6398
+1 503-585-7012
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Would love to come at Christmas. I love the history and intrigue of the museum both historical and industrial. Food, shopping, museum. Can be at own pace if self guided or an additional touch with the costumed guide.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wonderful exhibits and fun shopping. Restaurant provides comfort food for your visit. Holidays are enchanted visits.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RetiredSalem_Oregon
Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

We stop over from Oregon Capitol building adventure to see what willamette heritage center looks like. The building is small,rustic and old. but it is loaded with past history. Please be prepared to read as there are lots of stuffs on the wall to read....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Morriszo
Reviewed August 27, 2018

My husband, brother-in-law and I did a self guided tour of the old mill facility and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the beautifully preserved old buildings, equipment and wool processing. It was so interesting to see the machinery in action, and the photos and written information displayed...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Trav512015
Reviewed August 25, 2018

I got a one-on-one tour of the mill that was absolutely spectacular!!! Highly recommend especially if you, like me, think you have no interest in mills before going. The Kay Mill has lots of drama, intrigue, cool machines, thoughtful and nuanced history -- plus, you'll...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank everythingmustgo2018
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this indoor/outdoor museum. Most of the original 1800-1900 equipment is still in place. Although the mill first produced wood and grain, it became primarily a wool processing mill. I learned an incredible amount. There are so many steps in the process from sheep...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LW26102
Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

My grandfather worked here as the millwright and night watchman circa the 1930s to the 1960s. I love to tour around the mill, grounds, and also to the church that was moved here which my grandmother attended as a young girl. My grandfather caught salmon...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank mistyschulz
Reviewed June 23, 2018

Such a nice educational asset in the community. Children can see what a working mill was like, with all the machines and production facilities in place. The shops are fun to visit, as are the boutique offerings. Food is good, but not cheap. The outbuildings...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank vesseytjr
Reviewed May 14, 2018

Enjoyed this on a free day in April. We had already eaten but the bistro looked really good with a lot of vegan menu items. The visitor center is attached to a mini mall area with a lot of different vendors and art items. Parking...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank ElizabethP999
Reviewed May 1, 2018

I was fortunate to be in Salem for the quarterly 'Art After Dark' studio tour. The building's 2nd floor houses many artists' studios, which were open for exploration. After climbing a steep set of stairs, we enjoyed a wide array of art (prints, paintings, drawings,...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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$7.00 per person I think for Sen ior its around $5 or $6. I attended an event featuring Bobby Norfolk. He plays the York character from the Lewis and Clark Trail. I was very impressed with his performance. In the summer... More