The Corvallis Museum

BCHS to Build a New Museum in Corvallis

  • A World-Class Vision for a New Museum

  • A World-Class Vision for a New Museum

  • A World-Class Vision for a New Museum

  • A World-Class Vision for a New Museum

  • A World-Class Vision for a New Museum

  • A World-Class Vision for a New Museum

  • Expected completion in Spring 2019

You can help build our new museum in Corvallis!




Oregon Cultural Trust Awards Grant for New Museum

You may have seen the reports in the media of our grant of $40,000 from the Oregon Cultural Trust. This grant, the maximum amount given, was one of eight made by the Trust to organizations around the state, including OPB, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Portland Japanese Garden and Portland Center Stage. We are thrilled that this statewide organization recognizes the value of our Benton County efforts.
We encourage you to add the Trust to your list of donation recipients, especially since you can get the money back at tax time. Learn more at


BCHS Executive Director Irene Zenev accepts a ceremonial check from a representative of the Siletz Tribe.

Native Neighbors Grant Supports Education Room

The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, headquartered in neighboring Lincoln County has given us a grant of $1,500 to purchase furniture for the education room in the Corvallis museum. Members of the Tribe and their consultants visited the Philomath museum campus earlier this year to draw on our experience and learn of our plan.

Groudbreaking in June, 2017


Gerding Builders deployed their crew to the site of the Society’s future museum at 411 SW 2nd Street in downtown Corvallis in late December. The museum building, designed by Allied Works Architecture of Portland, Oregon, and New York, NY, will feature four exhibition galleries, a spacious lobby, education space, a museum store, an outdoor courtyard and exhibition preparation areas in a two-story 19,000 sq. ft. structure.

The building will take approximately 64 weeks to complete and the Society is looking forward to opening the museum in 2019. Fundraising for the project will continue throughout construction, as an additional $457,000 is needed. If you would like to contribute to the capital campaign, please contact Irene Zenev, Executive Director, at 541-929-6230 x302 or [email protected]

Donations can also be accepted through the secure donation portal “Network for Good” using the button above, on this page.


Your future elevator ride.


Looking north.