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.

POSTponed: 2021 Philomath Open Studios Preview

September 23, 2020 – November 7, 2020

The annual Philomath Open Studio Tour (POST) is a unique opportunity to visit with artists in their studios, see work in process, and discuss where we find  ideas and inspiration.  Due to the global pandemic, the 2020 tour has been POSTponed until 2021.  We will, however, have an exhibition at the Philomath Museum. Please come see our recent work and consider it a preview of great things to come.

Artists participating in the Philomath Museum exhibition are Dominique Bachelet, Mimosa Beck, Sydney Burton, Dale Donovan, Dale Dreager, Debi Friedlander, John Friedlander, Mark Gillespie, Jeff Gunn, Marcella Henkels, Carol Houk, Ann Lahr, Kate McGee, Beth Rietveld, Merrill Sommers, Debby Sundbaum-Sommers, Leslie Tejada, Steve Terhune, and Emily Thomas.

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

Moreland Gallery

Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II

August 21, 2020 - through December 2020

The Philomath Museum is hosting the Smithsonian poster exhibition “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II”.  A closing date has not yet been established. The exhibition examines the complicated history and impact of Executive Order 9066 that led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Embracing themes that are as relevant today as they were 75 years ago, “Righting a Wrong” looks at immigration, prejudice, civil rights, heroism and what it means to be an American. The poster exhibition centers around eight core questions that encourage viewers to engage in a dialogue about how this happened, and could it happen again. The exhibition will also include colorful and diverse kimono from the private collection of Corvallis artist Karen Illman Miller.

First Floor Gallery

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