Baker Heritage Museum
The year was 1897 and the yield of gold from 513 gold mines and claims in the Baker Gold District was $3 million (today's value: more than $100 million). Baker County was the banner gold mining county in Oregon. Baker City, known as the Queen City of theMines, was the third largest city in Oregon and the fastest growing community in the Old West.
The Baker Heritage Museum, housed in the historic 1920 Natatorium at 2480 Grove Street, displays and interprets the rich history of the region. Permanent and changing exhibits of mining, timber, ranching, agriculture, early Baker City life, Chinese culture and wildlife fill the 33,000 square foot building. The 18-ton Cavin-Warfel Collection of rocks, fossils and is one of the finest in the western United States. Whether you spend an hour or spend the day touring the museum you will come away with an appreciation of the region and the people who settled here.
Nowhere is there a more colorful story to tell about how the West was developed. It is a story about courage. It is a story about gold. It is a story about industries such as transportation, agriculture and timber. It is a story of affluent city life. Let us share the story with you!
Hours: Mid-March – October, 7 days a week, 9AM – 4PM. Admission charged.
Adler House Museum
The Adler House, a 1889 Italianate home at 2305 Main Street in Baker City, was the residence of Baker City philanthropist, Leo Adler, for 94 years. Upon Leo’s death in 1993 at age 98 the home and its contents were bequeathed to the Baker County Museum Commission.
A committee of four oversaw the five-year restoration project. The house is furnished with Adler family memorabilia and furnishings and is restored to the style of the early 1900’s. Original wallpaper still graces the upstairs rooms. The Adler House Museum opened in July 1998.
Tour guides will regale you with stories of the Adler family, Leo’s magazine empire and how he amassed the $21 million fortune he left to Baker County.
Hours: Memorial Day – Labor Day, Friday thru Monday, 10AM – 2PM. Admission charged.
Eastern Oregon Museum
A trip through Eastern Oregon is not complete without a visit to the Eastern Oregon Museum.
Home to the finest collection of Western Memorabilia in the Northwest.
Located in historic Haines, Oregon along the Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway, this is a wonderful place to stop and explore Eastern Oregon's History.
Open every day but Tuesday.