Linn County Historical Museum
Come visit us today!
About the Museum
"One of the best museums I have ever seen!"
Looking for the Brownsville Historic Pioneer Museum? That's us!
Our Linn County Historical Museum is located in historic Brownsville, Oregon. The museum begins in Brownsville's original railroad depot and continues into six Southern Pacific railroad cars. Our exhibits cover the life, work, and experiences of those living throughout Linn County. Also part of the historic Linn County experience is the Moyer House, located just down the street from the Museum. The Moyer House, built in 1881, shares the life of one of Linn Counties earliest families, John and Elizabeth Moyer.
In 1962, the Linn County Historical Society and the City of Browns worked together to create the Linn County Historical Museum. Under the leadership of Floyd Jenks, of Tangent, and others, many county residents contributed time, talent, funds and artifacts to create the new museum. Frieda and Ben Fisher of Brownsville and Elaine and Edward Poland of Shedd led the search of the back rooms, barns and attics of Linn County for relics of its past. In only a few months they and others arranged for the June opening of the original store-front museum on Spaulding Avenue in Brownsville.
Over the years the collection grew and expanded into an adjacent building to the east. Many visitors were charmed by the "grandmother’s attic" feeling of the museum, with its scenes of domestic life and commerce, overflowing with historical items.
The new facility in the old relocated Brownsville Depot and railroad cars was dedicated on June 16, 1984. It captures the essence of early Linn County life with replicas of a general store, a bank, a barber shop and milliner’s shop. Our exhibits are rich with the objects, clothing and turn-of-the-century tools of the trade. One of our must-see pieces is the Drinkard covered wagon which set across the plains in 1861. Seeing this wagon sets the imagination into a frenzy to understand what the pioneers actually faced.
Continuing back into our boxcars will reveal Kalapuya Native American history and artifacts, exhibits on the Brownsville Mill Race, woolen mills and mining. And, of course, do not miss watching a movie in our Linn Theater. Sit in one of the original Linn Theater seats, and watch anything from Alice in Wonderland, to Shirley Temple, to Stand By Me.
Genealogy Research is also abundant in our museum. We have Donation Land Claim information, Pioneer History books, genealogy records of many early Linn County families, and much more. We will do our best to help you find your Linn County ancestors.
Come by and see us soon!
Volunteer with Us!
You can be part of this great team to help keep Linn County's history alive.
Volunteers make the Museum and Moyer House as wonderful as they are. Our volunteers give tours, work with photographs, accession collections, organize past collections, coordinate programs and serve our visitors. The opportunities are endless and we want to ensure your time is enjoyable.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact
The Linn County Historical Museum
firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-466-3390
Our gift shop is the perfect place to come to do your holiday shopping. We've got a wide selection of coloring books, cookbooks, paper dolls, historic toys, postcards, mugs, T-shirts, and Stand By Me memorabilia. We also have many books covering the history and geography of this area. Whatever your interest, you are likely to find something here.
Proceeds from the Gift Shop help support the Museum and Moyer House.
Remember all members receive a 10% discount!
We have Brownsville t-shirts and sweatshirts in many colors!
$19.00 for sweatshirts and $14.00 for t-shirts.
New Stand By Me t-shirts are here! Just $15.00!
And only $4.50 for the discontinued styles.