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“Read the books first for the ultimate experience!”

Old Aurora Colony Museum
Ranked #4 of 12 things to do in Aurora
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Owner description: Artifacts from the Aurora Colony, settle in the 1850s by seekers of religious freedom.
Reviewed 16 March 2018

If you plan to visit Aurora, do yourself a huge favor and read Jane Kirkpatrick's three Aurora volumes about early founder Emma Geisy. The museum is located in the colony's old Ox Barn and locals have contributed heirlooms to make it a very intimate collection. I was excited to recognize many of the names that appear in Emma's story. Watch the film first, and then ask when you can tour Emma's House next door. I felt like I knew Emma personally when I finished the books, so the museum and her house were a real thrill. There's a great pamphlet, Emma's Walking Tour, that takes you to places that appear in the books, which is absolutely inspired for history/book lovers. The docent was so sweet too! Behind the museum is a log cabin, wagon, laundry, workshed, and Emma's Garden. Take a drive out to the old cemetery afterwards to pay your respects to the incredible Emma.

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Reviewed 19 April 2017

If you have an interest in the origins of Old Oregon and the special ways in which we have become a diverse and unique population, try a visit here at the museum. The tour guides and the displays really know how to show the origins of our diverse and unique
state. After this couple of hours a nice lunch in the area will introduce you to other local folks.

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Reviewed 24 July 2016

The Village of Aurora is one of the most historic areas in the entire North West.
The historical society has been around for over fifty years. Considering this rich heritage, it was surprising that the museum has so few exhibits. It is also surprising that the actual materials which were on view were so limited.

There is an excellent and well produced film on the history of the area. There is also an interesting collection of smaller period buildings behind the main museum building.

The actual museum building itself is one of the most historically significant buildings still left standing in town. Only two rooms in the huge building are devoted to museum displays. We were told that these displays change on a regular basis.
The day we visited the items on display were very disappointing. - a spinning wheel, a collection of musical instruments and a monogrammed nightshirt worn by one of the early town leaders.

These items are shown in a collection of mismatched display cases. Poorly lit with no coherent theme to anything on display. There are other small museums around the Portland area which do a far better job of displaying their local heritage.

1  Thank Kelly B
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Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

The Museum's docent could not have been kinder! Artifacts of real life in Oregon in the 1880-1900s. Original building and wagons, tools and an outhouse too!

Good value at $5 per adult.

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Reviewed 2 July 2016

Aurora is rich in the history of this great little city. I just wish I had more time to visit everything. When you go, stop at the Aurora Colony Museum first to get lots of information. Plan a full day in Aurora to see everything.

1  Thank Susan C
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