Current Exhibitions

The Benton County Historical Society & Museum hosts diverse art and history exhibitions in two exhibition halls at the Philomath, Oregon, museum campus.

The Moreland Auditorium serves as both a fine art gallery and a tasteful community gathering venue.

No Shrinking Violets

Jan. 15, 2021 - April 10, 2021

Purple is passionate, opulent, over-the-top, regal, assertive, luxurious, mysterious, expensive, and fantastical.  It's the color of women's suffrage, Roman emperors, noble sacrifice in battle, as well as the color of princes and wizards.  The artists of High Fiber Diet (fiber and fabric artists of NW Oregon and SW Washington) have created "No Shrinking Violets" to speak their passions with a prevalent color of purple.

The Philomath Museum is open from 10am - 4:30pm,
Wednesday through Saturday.  Admission is free.

Moreland Gallery

Black in Oregon: 1840-1870

Feb. 17, 2021 - April 17, 2021

Black in Oregon: 1840 – 1870 is an exhibition hosted at the Philomath Museum, scheduled to be available until April 17, 2021, thanks to the City of Philomath’s Inclusivity Ad Hoc Committee and generous underwriters Cecily Feudo and Janet Nishihara. Black in Oregon was originally created for display at the Oregon State Archives Building and highlights the lives of black pioneers who came to Oregon between 1840 and 1870. This incarnation of the exhibition features artifacts and photos from the Benton County Historical Society collection, some of which have never been publicly displayed.

First Floor Gallery

*Exhibition dates are subject to change. Please call (541) 929-6230 to confirm current exhibition schedule.