Museum News and Updates

Hillsboro First Tuesday Art Walk Map. First Tuesday Art Walk– October 6 - Join us for First Tuesday Art Walk on October 6 from 5-7 p.m. It will be a great chance to view October’s month-long display about the City of Tigard, Oregon, as well our pop-up exhibit titled, “Doctors, Dentists & Death.” Art Walk is a fun evening out of the house enjoying tasty snacks and adult... Read More
Emmy Blue, northwest storyteller. Free Family Day- October 10 - Quake-Up! Join Museum staff and volunteers for activities related to the earth’s movements. Local Storyteller Emmy blue will tell tales of the Enchanted Forest at 11 a.m. and guests will make tsunami bottles and pet rocks to take home. Family Day activities will take place in conjunction with Quake Up and Preparedness, an earthquake preparedness... Read More
Logo for Museum After Dark, Doctors, Dentists and Death. Museum After Dark- Doctors, Dentists and Death (21+ Event) - Visit the Museum for an evening of storytelling, forensics and fun related to our pop-up exhibit “Doctors, Dentists & Death.” Storytellers Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke will perform spooky stories with ghoulish gusto while you enjoy snacks, wine and good conversation with fellow museum goers! Doors open at 6:30 p.m., stories began at 7 p.m.... Read More
Law and Order at the End of the Oregon Trail Crossroads Lecture November 4: Gender and Justice in Washington County with Ken & Kris Bilderback - Gender has played a central role in criminal justice since Oregon was just a territory. Even long after Oregon became a state, women were considered to be the property of men and were not allowed to vote or to serve on a jury. Local authors Ken and Kris Bilderback will explore how gender has influenced... Read More
Display of historic health equipment from Washington County Museum collection, including stethoscope.e “Doctors, Dentists and Death” Exhibit Opening on September 30 - View a display of old dental furniture, surgical tools, a Victorian era wicker casket, an electro-therapy machine, and many other thought-provoking items! Learn how medicine evolved from the simplicity of the pioneer era to the growth of knowledge and specialties, as well as how technology changed the way medicine, dentistry, and funeral work are practiced... Read More
Boxes and pioneer goods to be packed into an Oregon Trail wagon at Washington County Museum in Hillsboro, Oregon. FREE Family Day & Pioneer Village on Saturday, September 12 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. - Celebrate the installation of Hillsboro’s reproduction Oregon Trail wagon that traveled the On-to-Oregon Cavalcade in 1959– one of only four cavalcade wagons left in existence. Guests will be able to enter the wagon and experience pioneer life in the Museum from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. This expanded Family Day will also feature a Pioneer Village... Read More
Logo with exhibit name, "On to Hillsboro Celebration." September 12th Exhibit Opening: “On-to Hillsboro Centennial Celebration Wagon” - In 1959, the State of Oregon celebrated its 100th anniversary. Part of the year-long celebration included the On-To-Oregon Cavalcade. The idea was to reenact a wagon train traveling the entire Oregon Trail from Independence, Missouri, to Independence, Oregon. Seven wagons were sponsored by five towns and two counties in Oregon: Drain, Hillsboro, Independence, Jackson County,... Read More
Exhibit logo. “The Changing Face of Poverty” Exhibit Opens on September 11 - Over the last 50 years, the face of poverty has changed from desperation to hope as Community Action led the way to build a network of services and providers that are responsive to the changing needs of the community. This is a commemorative exhibit showing the impact of Community Action’s programs in Washington County. Exhibit... Read More