Housed in the historic 1920 Natatorium at 2480 Grove Street, the Baker Heritage Museum 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. Photo Gallery
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.
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.
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 Mother’s Day through Labor Day Thursday through Saturday 9:30 – 4, Sundays 12:30 – 4. Admission charged
Located in the former Methodist Church just a few blocks from downtown, this small but fascinating museum showcases the local history of this once booming railroad community, including an expansive collection of railroad memorabilia reflecting the industry that fueled the towns heyday. At the entrance to Hells Canyon, Huntington and Nearby Farewell Bend State Park is where pioneers along the Oregon Trail would leave the Snake River behind, and the museum contains a number of artifacts from this important turning point on the trail.
Open Memorial Day through Labor Day Saturdays and Sundays 1-4 p.m. or by appointment.
To schedule an appointment email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-912-7731
Located at 155A East Record street the Pine Valley Community Museum is conveniently located next to Heritage Square in the heart of downtown Halfway in the same building as Halfway City Hall.
The museum includes numerous exhibits showcasing the community’s Gold Rush, and agricultural history. Exhibits include several displays from historic businesses, a country kitchen, native American artifacts, and antique farming equipment.
There is also an outdoors historic park exhibit featuring the areas first public school, Halfway’s original jail, and a pioneer smokehouse all dating to the late 19th century.
Open Memorial Day through Labor Day: Fridays 1-4, Saturdays 10-4, and Sundays 10-1. or by appointment.
To schedule an appointment call 541-742-7194 or 541-742-7891
Located in the historic building most recently known as ‘The Sumpter Supply’, and built as a mercantile in 1899, the building has served the community as a tavern, grocery, gas station, and a liquor store, throughout the years, and today the building houses both the Sumpter Municipal Museum and Public Library.
The museum contains a wide variety of important artifacts from Sumpter’s Gold Rush mining, Timber, and railroad heritage. Thanks to the generosity of the Baker County Library and The Oregon Trail Regional Museum, several high quality photographic collections significant to Sumpter are also on display as part of an expansive photographic archive.
Open Mon-Tues 11 am to 3 pm, Wed 4 pm – 7 pm, and Thurs – Sat 11 am to 3 pm
This outdoor self guided museum was established to to preserve, interpret, and restore the mining history which played such a major role in the development of Sumpter.
The Oregon State Parks Dredge Heritage Area, and its centerpiece – the Yuba style dredge – just across the street tells the story of how gold was dredged from the area rivers and streams and is certainly a must see when you visit Sumpter. However, much more gold was mined from the underground mines than was ever recovered by the dredge. It is the heritage of these mines, and the miners that operated them that is commemorated at the Cracker Creek Museum of Mining.
The museum grounds are located on the East side of the highway as you enter Sumpter from Baker City. The site currently has a variety of outdoor equipment displays, complete with signage that explains what the equipment is, and how it was used,
Our future projects include: additional signage and a restoration shop that will double as a display building.
The Cracker Creek Museum of Mining is open to the public all year long for self exploration. Guided tours can be scheduled by calling 541-894-2377
Dick Camp Memorial Park
Located in the heart of downtown Haines along the Elkhorn Scenic Byway the Dick Camp Memorial Park offers is home to numerous historic cabins and buildings once located throughout Baker County including, the original Chandler Cabin: the oldest cabin in Baker County, and the Mount Carmel Letter Drop Cabin. Interpretive panels throughout the park identify each of the cabins and tell the story of the regions pioneer, mining, and ranching heritage. The park also includes a replica gold mine.
In addition to these museums, history enthusiasts visiting Baker County will also want to visit the Sumpter Valley Railroad, the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, the Sumpter Dredge State Heritage Area, and historic Downtown Baker City.