The best museums in Salem in October 2023

These are the top 5 best museums in Salem, United States, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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Looking for the best museums in Salem? These are the best ones:

  1. Hallie Ford Museum of Art1

    Hallie Ford Museum of Art

    Salem, OR
    The Hallie Ford Museum of Art (HFMA) is located in Salem, Oregon, and is affiliated with Willamette University. It holds the distinction of being the third largest art museum in the state of Oregon. The museum was opened in 1998 and is situated across the street from the Oregon State Capital in downtown Salem, on the western edge of the school campus.
  2. Willamette Heritage Center2

    Willamette Heritage Center

    Salem, OR
    The Willamette Heritage Center, located in Salem, Oregon, is a museum that showcases several historic structures. These include the Thomas Kay woolen mill, the Jason Lee House, Methodist Parsonage, John D. Boon House, and the Pleasant Grove (Condit) Church. All these structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, making them significant landmarks in the area.
  3. Bush House Museum3

    Bush House Museum

    Salem, OR
    Bush's Pasture Park, located in Salem, Oregon, is a public park and botanical garden that houses the Asahel Bush House. This historic house is now operated as the Bush House Museum, offering visitors a glimpse into the past. The park and museum provide a unique combination of natural beauty and historical significance, making it a worthwhile destination for tourists.
  4. Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health4

    Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health

    Salem, OR
    The Oregon State Hospital, located in Salem, Oregon, is a public psychiatric hospital with a rich history dating back to its founding in 1862. It is the oldest operating psychiatric hospital in the state and also has a smaller satellite campus in Junction City. The hospital's long history and significant role in the field of mental health make it a point of interest for those interested in medical history or the history of mental health treatment.
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    Bush Barn Art Center

    Salem, OR

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