Sandy Historical Society Museum, Centennial Plaza Sculpture
12/26/2023 | Arts & Heritage, Featured on Homepage, Government Camp, Indoor Recreation, Oregon City, Oregon Trail, Sandy, Winter

5 Heritage Stops For A Rainy Day

There's no time like the winter months in Oregon to seek out invigorating indoor activities. Lucky for you, we have lots to choose from. Here are five great heritage activities in Mt. Hood Territory that will get you out of the rain and into the fascinating culture and history of our region. For more on all things heritage, explore the Mt. Hood Territory Heritage Trail.

Get Interactive at the End of the Oregon Trail Visitor and Interpretive Center

Pioneers’ journals come to life at the End of the Oregon Trail Visitor and Interpretive Center. Immerse yourself in their journey west across the Oregon Trail with captivating exhibits and interactive activities like candle making and butter churning. A must-see is the film, “Oregon’s First People,” created in partnership with the Grand Ronde Tribe, that sheds on how the settling of Oregon affected the Indigenous people of the region and shows how they are working to rebuild their community and homelands today. 

1726 Washington St., Oregon City, OR 97045

A Summit of Stories at Mt. Hood Cultural Center

Learn about the history of ski and snow sports in Mt. Hood and Government Camp at Mt. Hood Cultural Center & Museum. It features specially themed exhibits including the history of Mt. Hood National Forest, a collection of fine arts by local artists and a gallery on snow skiing and other snow sports popular on Mt. Hood. Don’t miss the collection on the Barlow Road and Oregon Trail!

88900 Government Camp Loop, Government Camp, OR 97028

Step Back and In at Sandy Historical Center & Museum

Located along the historic Barlow Road, the Sandy Historical Society & Museum is brimming with the unique history of Sandy, Boring and the surrounding area. Browse two floors of exhibits filled with carefully curated pieces on skiing, timber and other topics. You'll also want to stop by the visitor center and gift shop for art and other treasures from local makers.

39345 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy, OR 97055

At the Intersection of Past and Present: Museum of the Oregon Territory

Overlooking Willamette Falls, this regional treasure invites you to explore the history behind the land and see how the falls transformed the region’s industry. Museum of the Oregon Territory is home to Native American petroglyphs and artifacts, the original 1850 Oregon City and 1851 San Francisco plat maps and a piece of the Willamette Meteorite, to name a few attractions. There's plenty of opportunity for little ones to learn through hands-on exhibits.

211 Tumwater Dr., Oregon City, OR, 97045

Handcrafted Heritage at 1937 Steiner Church

Located at the base of Mt. Hood, the unique 1937 Steiner Church was built by hand using logs, branches, river stones and other forest materials. After 46 years of restoration, this one-of-a-kind Oregon treasure is now open to the public on the first Saturday of every month for tours.

68835 E. Barlow Trail Rd., Welches, OR  97067

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