Oregon Tourism: Hutson Museum

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Hutson Museum

A diverse historic exhibit mix featuring rocks and gems, Native American arrowheads, war memorabilia, and pioneer artifacts recommend the Hutson Museum located at the base of Mt. Hood in Parkdale, Oregon.

  • Located on Baseline Drive in Parkdale, Oregon, at the foot of Mt. Hood and the southern terminus of historic Mt. Hood Railroad.
  • Hours vary seasonally; call ahead for specifics, (541) 352-6808.
  • Nominal admission fees ($1 Adults, $.50 Students); donations accepted.

Overview

Nestled in the shade of majestic Mt. Hood in picturesque Parkdale, Oregon you’ll find the Jesse & Winnifred Hutson Museum—a landmark in the upper Hood River Valley. Here visitors can learn the area’s geologic history as told by a large collection of rocks, minerals, and gems. Native American artifacts—notably a large display of arrowheads—along with memorabilia from both World Wars and a set of pioneer relics round out this museum’s unique collection. The Hutsons started the museum after WWII in their home’s basement, using their extensive rock collection to educate schoolchildren.

The museum structure has a red barn-like feel, mimicking the architectural style of nearby Ries-Thompson House, Parkdale’s oldest remaining residence (built around 1900). Although Hutson Museum was built in 1993, the building sits right at the southern terminus of the Mt. Hood Railroad on a two-acre National Historic Site. A small botanical garden displaying native plant life is located adjacent to the museum grounds.

Location/Directions

4967 Baseline Drive
Parkdale, OR 97041
(541) 352-6808

Hours/Seasons

  • Summer Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11am - 3pm
  • Call for hours for the remainder of the year.

Fees/Cost

  • Adults $1
  • Students $.50
  • Children free

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