Flipping through the pages of the Tualatin Valley’s Nature Passport, a complimentary guide to the Tualatin Valley’s 727 square miles of nature spots, you’ll notice page after page of outdoor delights (ahem, order a free Nature Passport now!). Turn to the last page and what will you find? An indoor museum. Consider the Washington County Museum as your ticket to an air-conditioned exploration of Oregon, its history and—yes—even its nature.
The Washington County Museum is committed to celebrating not only art and culture, but the people tied to each in Oregon’s rich landscape. Continually on display, find photography and fine arts that showcase nature (most recently, the Fanno Creek Trail) and the Kalapuya Native American community in the Tualatin Valley.
Veering away from the actual verdant forest of the Tualatin Valley, we’re also aptly called Silicon Forest with Intel, Tektronix and other technological innovators calling the area home. The museum explores the high-tech powerhouses of the region with hands-on exhibits that forays not only into our past and present, but also our future.
Other standing exhibits include “Washington County Goes to War” and “Americans All: The Bracero Program in Washington County,” which pay homage to those who supported the US—on the home front in the Tualatin Valley and abroad—during the first two World Wars.
If you’re visiting on the first Tuesday of the month, then be sure to make the Washington County Museum your first stop during Hillsboro’s monthly First Tuesday Art Walk. The museum is the perfect starting point for your perusal of tons of art, music and more.
Washington County Museum
Location: 120 E. Main Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Phone: (503) 645-5353
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $6 for adults and $4 for youth (3-18), seniors (60+), college students and veterans/military with ID.
In the past year, we’ve covered every entry in our Nature Passport—it’s been a blast! Please look through our archive and get inspired for the next time you’re ready to get back in touch with Mother Nature.
Past Nature Passport Blog Posts:
Banks-Vernonia State Trail
Cooper Mountain Nature Park
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Loop
L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park
Magness Memorial Tree Farm
Rood Bridge Park
Tillamook State Forest
Tualatin Hills Nature Park and Interpretive Center
Tualatin River National Wildlife RefugeRice Northwest Museum of Rocks and MineralsTualatin Heritage Center
Order your Nature Passport and share your pictures with us on Twitter and Instagram. Tag your photos with the #tualatinvalley.