Marion County
Historical Society Museum

Step back in time and view the exhibit "Doorways to the Marion County History." The rich history of Salem Oregon and Marion Conty is preserved and interpreted with additional information on how to explore more sites in the area.

If you would like to delve more deeply into the past, you can use the research library and archives, or make a purchase from the Marion County Historical Society bookstore.

The Marion County Historical Society was established in 1950 to preserve local history and to educate. In addition to operating the museum, the organization publishes a monthly newsletter, a quarterly historical journal, and books documenting Marion County's past (available at the museum).

Membership and Museum Admission Membership is available at several levels. Members receive free museum admission, newsletters, and book discounts. Museum admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4.00 students and $3.00 for youths. Tuesdays are always free. Location Northwest corner of the Willamette Heritage Center. Mailing address is 1313 Mill St SE, Salem, Oregon 97301-4101.


Phone: 503-364-2128. Hours Tuesday through Friday 12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM. Saturdays by appointment. [updated 2-23-13]

From I-5, take exit #253, (Highway 22/Mission Street) west and follow Historic Museums signs to 12th and Mill Street. Visitors may park at Mission Mill and walk through the Village to the MCHS Museum at northwest corner. Handicap Access.

  • Salem Oregon Community Guide
  • Salem Population History - 1860-1997
  • Salem Then & Now - Historic Photos with a Twist

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