Museums & Galleries
Art, history and science are celebrated throughout the Willamette Valley. The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, home of the Spruce Goose, is a popular and eye-catching stop in McMinnville, and the Museum of the Oregon Territory in Oregon City offers history buffs a fascinating retelling of the story of our region along with artifacts and events. Museum lovers shouldn’t miss the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History in Eugene, an excellent value with hundreds of thousands of archaeological objects, fossils and biological specimens.
Willamette Heritage Center Toasts Winemaking History
“Toasting the Mid-Willamette Valley Winemaking Heritage,” a new exhibit at the Willamette Heritage Center as of June 2021, examines the region's winemaking history from the smallest producers and home winemaking projects to today. It's open through the end of 2021, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the purchase of Willamette Heritage Center museum admission. Learn more.
Chehalem Mountains Wine & Art Loop
Wine and art are so inextricably connected here in Oregon that many of our wineries include an in-house art gallery. On the Chehalem Mountains Wine and Art loop, five of these wineries combine artistic expression with a tasting experience for a unique sensory adventure. Check it out by visiting any or all of the participating wineries:
Beckham Estate Vineyard (Ceramics)
Aging wine in clay amphorae is as old a practice as winemaking itself, but lately the technique has seen a new wave of interest—especially with sought-after wineries in Georgia, Italy and Slovenia championing the vessel as an alternative to oak. Owner/winemaker and potter Andrew Beckham takes this a step further, using amphorae he made in his studio on the estate. Visit Beckham Estate Vineyard.
Potter’s Vineyard (Clay Art / Pottery)
Owners Bill and Sandy Sanchez combine their passion for winemaking with a love of clay art at Potter’s Vineyard, where visitors can find handmade clay art pieces produced at a studio on the property. The winery also features work by a variety of local artists on display in the tasting room. Visit The Potter's Vineyard.
Rain Dance Vineyards (Woodwork)
The Rain Dance tasting room boasts a gallery of furniture, decor, and other creations by woodworker Ken Austin, who favors local woods like Oregon maple and black walnut. Known for beautiful rocking chairs, tables, and the unique wooden Christmas bells he turns every year, Ken has been making art with wood since junior high. Visit Rain Dance Vineyards.
ROCO Winery (Glass Art / Glass Jewelry)
Glass artist and ROCO owner/business manager Corby Stonebraker-Soles creates intricate art pieces and jewelry from her studio in the barn at ROCO, allowing her to easily load and unload the kiln while she’s working at the winery. Corby worked with Bulls Eye Glass Factory in Portland to create a glass bar for the tasting room. Visit ROCO Winery.
Tresori Vineyards (Painting)
Tresori founding partner Jackie McCartin is an award-winning local artist whose work is often inspired by the vineyards of the Willamette Valley, including Tresori. Her vivid oil paintings are represented in several galleries, wineries and private and permanent collections, and visitors can experience her work on display in the winery tasting room. Visit Tresori Vineyards.