Mount Hood History & Museums: Oregon Tourism: Fort Dalles Museum

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Fort Dalles Museum

Residing in the Surgeon’s Quarters of a former military outpost, Fort Dalles Museum in The Dalles provides a taste of the old west—pioneer artifacts and antique vehicles highlight the exhibits. Read More

  • Admission $8 adult, $5 seniors, $1 students, and children free.
  • Located in downtown The Dalles, Oregon at W. 15th and Garrison Streets.
  • Open 10-5 daily in the summer, weekends only in the winter.
  • Antique buggies and wagons, along with pioneer artifacts, highlight the exhibits.

Overview

The Fort Dalles Military Complex was built in 1856 as a U.S. Army outpost to guard travelers down the Oregon Trail from Indian attack and guide them to the Willamette Valley. Housed in the last Fort Dalles officer’s house left standing, Fort Dalles Museum is the oldest history museum in Oregon. A fascinating collection of antique vehicles is on display here, including a stagecoach, buses, a covered wagon, hearses, and surreys. Portions of the original fort, including the restored Gardener’s Quarters, can be toured on the museum grounds; pioneer relics and military artifacts complete the museum’s historic exhibits.

The nearby Anderson Homestead, crafted of hand-hewn tamarack and pine logs, offers a further visitor attraction. This old-fashioned homestead was built in 1895 by Swedish immigrant Lewis Anderson, and once formed the social center of neighboring Pleasant Ridge.

Location/Directions

Fort Dalles Museum
500 W. 15th Street and Garrison
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
(541) 296-4547

Hours/Seasons

Summer Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily, March 15th - October 31st
Winter Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November-February

Admission Fees

  • Adults $8
  • Seniors (55 and up) $5
  • Students $1
  • Children 6 and under FREE

More Info

For more information or to schedule a group tour, call the Fort Dalles Museum at (541) 296-4547.

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Other Fort Dalles Museum Resources

Historic The Dalles Days

Historic The Dalles preserves the local history through many annual events and fundraisers.