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.

Falling Trees and Sap in Their Veins

2/22/2019 - 4/6/2019

David Paul Bayles’ traveling photography exhibition Falling Trees and Sap in Their Veins will start its tour with an exhibition at Benton County Museum.  Please join us for a closing lecture on Saturday April 6 at 2pm.

Bayles began photographing loggers – and recording their oral histories – in 1987, at the height of what has been referred to as the Spotted Owl War. “I was tired of seeing how the loggers, the guys on the ground, were getting bashed by the media,” he says. “I wanted to present them as real people, as fathers and husbands, doing honest, dangerous work.”  Falling Trees and Sap in Their Veins is particularly appropriate for Benton County Museum, which is located in a West coast timber community.  Bayles’ photography depicts a forested landscape in transition and, through honest portraits and oral histories, presents another side of the complex story of logging. 

Moreland Gallery

Circa 1920: Roaring Into The Modern Age

This year-long exhibition is now open!

“Circa 1920: Roaring into the Modern Age” is a 2018 exhibition at Benton County Museum, in Philomath, Oregon. The exhibition provides an opportunity to reflect on the similarities and differences of life in America 100 years ago as illustrated through the objects in our museum collections.

First Floor Gallery

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