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

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.

Historical Society taps Gerding Builders, LLC for Corvallis museum project

The Board of Trustees of the Benton County Historical Society is excited to announce that we have chosen Gerding Builders, LLC of Corvallis, Oregon to enter into a contract to construct the Society's planned museum in downtown Corvallis.

The Facilities Committee of the Board interviewed three construction firms to determine the best fit for the project, then made the recommendation to the Trustees.

For the past four years, we have been raising money to build a museum in downtown Corvallis. The $9 million project is designed by internationally-known museum architect, Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture of Portland, Oregon, and New York.

Now, with over half the funds raised from over 300 donors, we are moving ahead by choosing a contractor to work closely with the architects. We hope to break ground in early 2017 and open in early 2018.

Upon learning of their selection, a representative of Gerding Builders remarked,

"Gerding is absolutely thrilled to be coming alongside of the Benton County Historical Society  on this great community project. We believe wholeheartedly in the growth and strength of our community, and feel strongly that the Museum will be a local landmark for generations to come. As a local contractor, we are committed to stimulating the local economy and respect the BCHS's decision to keep the project local. It is our utmost desire to be good neighbors during the construction project and we will be working closely with area businesses and residents to accommodate their needs and concerns."

The museum project is the result of acquiring the Horner Collection from Oregon State University. The need for more exhibition space became apparent when it was determined that the combined collections numbered over 100,000 objects, photographs, manuscripts and archives. The collections are stored in a purpose-built storage facility on the Society’s Philomath campus, but the Philomath College building does not have the capacity for more public display space.

For more information about how to contribute to the Corvallis museum project, please visit our website or call Irene Zenev, Executive Director at 541-929-6230, x302.