The Polk County Historical Society of Polk County, Oregon, invites you to visit the POLK COUNTY MUSEUM!


Our BOOK STORE has a large inventory of books about the Polk County area of  Oregon, along with museum-made textiles and other treasures.


  • Explore our unique historic map that locates the nearly 600 claims of the Donation Land Act (Homesteads) in Polk County
  • Learn more about the native Kalapuya tribe that originally occupied Polk County
  • Enjoy extensive exhibits of agriculture and logging through the years
  • Explore exhibits showcasing 28 townsites that were in Polk County, Oregon, at one time
  • Our large collection includes physical, pictorial, and written artifacts from the era of 1842 to 1943
  • Our Research Library is well used by historians, writers, family researchers, and genealogists, with knowledgeable staff available to help you
  • The Museum is a non-profit organization
  • We are funded entirely by memberships, donations, and fundraisers
  • We are 100% volunteer staffed with local history buffs and professionals, alike!

We are located at 520 S. Pacific Highway West, Rickreall OR 97371,  at the south end of the Polk County Fairgrounds parking lot.

Hours:   1:00-5:00 p.m., Monday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday; closed Sunday and Tuesday

Holiday Closures: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day


Adult (18-61), $5.00, 

Senior (62+), $4.00

Student (6-18 with ID card), $1.00

Child (under 6), Free

Phone:   503-623-6251

Email:   PCHSOregon@gmail.com

Mailing Address:   P. O. Box 67, Monmouth OR 97361

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS ADVANTAGES!  Support us by becoming a member!   Click Here

Did You Know?

January 2015: We've had this photo for awhile but have not been able to gather much information on it.  By the way the Suver Community Club auto is decorated, it may have been an entry in a parade. Can you provide any further information on it, such as the approximate date, event, subject names?



November 2014: Here's an interesting tidbit about one of our displays, one that you may have missed! Click here: Main Street of Dallas.Web

Upcoming Events at the Museum

  1. Wayne Dykstra Presentation on Genealogy

    May 16 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  2. Joe-Brew-Oregon & Main Streets: US Highway 99, “The Folk History”

    June 20 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  3. PCHS July Porch Sale

    July 18 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Interesting Links:

travelsalem2011_logoFor an interactive map of other area attractions, Click


polk_co_cemeteryLearn about Polk County's historic cemeteries, Click