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P.O. Box 35
Philomath, OR 97370
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+ Cockrell Quilts
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Museum Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00am - 4:30pm

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Since 1951, the Benton County Historical Society has been preserving historical artifacts, photographs, and manuscripts. After Philomath citizens prevented the demolition of the 1867 Philomath College building and placed it on the National Register of Historic Places, The Society opened the building to the public in 1980 as a history museum, research library and art gallery. Online Timeline featuring Benton County history and artifacts Timeline:
People, Events, Artifacts
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Camp Adair, Oregon WWII history
Camp Adair online
Corvallis Oregon Museum is in the planning stages
Corvallis Museum
Philomath School District K-12 student art exhibition
Current Exhibition
Something Old, Something Blue museum exhibition
Current Exhibition
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Philomath Campus

The Society continues to protect our cultural and historical heritage. In 2005, the Society accepted the responsibility of preserving the Horner Collection, formerly owned by Oregon State University. To house this vast collection and the Society's accumulation of important historical objects, the Society built a 13,500 square foot Collections Care Facility in 2007 on the Philomath campus for its growing collection of over 100,000 objects.

Philomath College Building
Philomath College building now houses Benton County Historical Society Museum
Home to Benton County Historical Society & Museum and the Moreland Auditorium.
Philomath College history >>
E. U. B. Parsonage on the Former Grounds of Philomath College, now known as the "Museum Annex"
Built in 1949 as a church parsonage, the Annex is home to Benton County Genealogical Society & the Marys River Quilt Guild.
Peter & Rosalie Johnson
Collections Center
Museum Collections Care Facility
Secure, climate controlled, environment for artifact care, storage & exhibition development.
Corvallis Oregon Museum is in the planning stages
Future Building
being planned
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© 2008 - 2014 Benton County Historical Society & Museum
Philomath, Oregon
The Benton County Historical Society is a nonprofit corporation that operates museum facilities for the preservation of history and culture.  Its mission is to:

  1. Preserve the material and intellectual culture of Benton County, Oregon, by acquiring and caring for significant collections that illustrate and interpret the history of the area and its relationship to the world;
  2. Enrich people's lives through exhibitions and educational programs.