The History Museum of Hood River County is a beautiful place along the Columbia River that has provided a home for successive peoples and generations. Their intriguing stories and struggles are told through a collection of artifacts, including art, decorative arts, costumes, photographs, tools, agricultural and sporting equipment, and archival documents.
From precious Native American material to the first windsurfing board, the diverse holdings of the museum mirror the area’s diverse people and their interests. The vintage photograph collection of over 20,000 items is a strong part of the collection which can be enjoyed by all online at historichoodriver.com.
Temporary exhibitions bring into sharp focus people, events, and/or artifacts that deserve special attention. Each new project is designed to share the joy of discovery with visitors by offering first-hand encounters with real objects. Discover culture and history through fresh, engaging exhibits, and exciting programs. Permanent Exhibits include: Native American Culture, Early Settlers, Timber and Logging, Agriculture, Recreation, the Hood River Japanese American story, and Luhr Jensen & Sons: Where Legends Were Made.
The History Museum’s parent organization is Hood River County, which provides a major portion of the day to day operating costs and one full time paid staff person. Collection and education expenses are provided through donations, memberships, and admission fees. The History Museum’s grandparent organization is the Hood River County Historical Society and The Pioneer Society which began collecting artifacts in 1907. The current museum building was opened to the public in 1978 and was built from generous community support and donations.