Museums in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley
Discover the Past and Embrace the Present
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Museums are connections to the past, bridges to the future and provide an inside view of cultures and communities. Tualatin Valley’s museums showcase a wide array of artifacts, from rocks and minerals found throughout the globe to vintage high-tech instruments from yesteryear.
The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals houses the largest collection of gems and rocks in the Pacific Northwest, and provides a glimpse into geological history with its assortment of fossils and petrified woods.
The recently expanded and renamed Five Oaks Museum presents exhibits on a wide range of topics, from space exploration to book arts and more. Plus, the museum regularly hosts lectures, “After Dark” events and family days.
The history of technology is on display at VintageTEK, where high-tech pioneer Tektronix has preserved its vintage instruments, memorabilia and photographs from its nearly 70-year history.
Walk back through 150 years of Forest Grove history at the Friends of Historic Forest Grove Museum and Library. This museum, library and research center, located at the Old Train Station, contains a range of historic artifacts from photographs and maps to clothing and furniture.
Tualatin Valley is also home to highly-acclaimed collections of art. In addition to showcasing established artists’ work, Pacific University also exhibits the work of students, faculty and up-and-coming and emerging artists. The Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art, located at Pacific University, features art from students, faculty and artists-in-residence throughout the academic year.