Nov. 18, 2016 - Oct. 14, 2017

Around the World from 80 Countries features artifacts from the Benton County Historical Society collections. Most of the objects in this exhibition were formerly part of the Horner Museum artifact collection at Oregon State University. Benton County Historical Society acquired the Horner Museum collection in order to preserve this invaluable Benton County asset. Although the Horner Museum was originally a compilation of department collections and first emphasized the acquisition of items related to Oregon history and the natural environment, it later expanded its educational mission by adding exhibits about other cultures. Many faculty and alumni worked in or travelled to other countries and brought back items which they later donated to the Horner museum. In this exhibition, colorful textiles, interesting tools, and unusual household items represent cultures and nations from around the globe.  Preview the artifacts >>


Philomath Open Studios: The Exhibition


Philomath-area artists present an exhibition of diverse art through the holiday season at Benton County Museum. Participating artists include Jerri Bartholomew, Paris Barton, Mike Bergen, Laura Berman, Mark Choitz, Faye Cummins, Dale Donovan, Gale Everett, Shelly Fredenberg, Debi Friedlander, Louie Gizyn, Babette Grunwald, Jeff Gunn, Sally Ishikawa, Jayden Italia, Jonathan Jensen, Susan Johnson, Heather Kier, Lee Kitzman, Cris Kostol, Ann Lahr, Jeanie Lawrence, Becca Lemon, Kris Mitchell, Sara Morrissey, Marianne Post, Lyn Radosevich, Kat Sloma, Merrill Sommers and Debby Sundbaum-Sommers.

Plethora of Crows – Exhibit III


Crows themselves are a cacophonous, collaborative bunch and this exhibit will certainly reflect that energy with lots of surprises, including guest artists and plenty of chatter between artworks.

In 2014 painter Bill Shumway and photographer Don Ferguson began a collaborative art project focusing on crow imagery. Plethora of Crows III includes art by Joan Linse, Leslie Green and some of her Evergreen collaborative group members; some of the Critique Group members that Bill has worked with for three decades, including Mark Allison, Carol Chapel, Judith Sanders and Faye Cummins; and works from Bill’s Abstract Critique Group members, including Pam Serra-Wenz and Sue Noel.

Soap Creek Artisans


Benton County's "Soap Creek Artisans" include Joe Crockett (photography), Dale Draeger (painting), Samuel Hoffman (wood-fired pottery), Vicki Idema (charcoal drawings and cut paper), Ann Lahr (ceramics), Kelly Nutter (fused glass) and Deanna Peters (fused glass).           

35th Annual “Art the 4th ‘R’”


Benton County Historical Museum's longest running tradition. Philomath School District students K-12 exhibit their artwork.

Seven Easels


Eight artists, seven easels, features art by Connie Allen, Donna Beverly, Kim Campbell, Mary Jane Gray, Aki Hill, Adriana (Jane) Huyer, Nancy Robinson and Marie Wilson.

World Tour of Textiles: from Azerbaijan to Turkey

7/14 – 8/26/2017

This exhibition in the second-floor Moreland Auditorium will feature international textiles from the Benton County Historical Society collections in conjunction with the "Around the World from 80 Countries" exhibition in the museum's first floor gallery.

Quilt County: Botanicals in Fiber

Art quilts by Andrea Brokenshire
9/1 - 10/14/2017

Please visit Andrea Brokenshire's web site to learn more about her quilting and to view some of her work: http://ambfiberartanddesign.com/gallery.html

Things Come Apart


"Things Come Apart" is a traveling exhibition produced by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). Through extraordinary photographs, disassembled objects and fascinating videos, Things Come Apart reveals the inner workings of common, everyday possessions. Images of dozens of objects explore how things are designed and made and how technology has evolved over time.

As a visual investigation of design and engineering, Things Come Apart also celebrates classic examples of industrial design like the sewing machine, the mechanical pencil, and the telescope. Additionally, the exhibition explores ideas about reuse, repair, and recycling.

Learn more about it at https://www.sites.si.edu/s/topic/0TO36000000L5MtGAK/things-come-apart