Museums

People interested in learning about the Klamath Basin’s rich and diverse history can spend a few hours or up to several days at various museums. Along with three in downtown Klamath Falls, others are located near Chiloquin and Fort Klamath, with another just south of the Oregon-California state line in Tulelake, CA.

Favell Museum

125 W Main St (541) 8829-996

Indian artifacts, contemporary western art and a range of historic items are on display at the Favell Museum. Located at 125 West Main Street, the museum is just a short walk from the Discover Klamath Visitor Center and overlooks the historic Link River. Created by Gene Favell, the museum features arrowheads and other Indian artifacts from the western United States, British Columbia, Mexico and Peru. The contemporary art varies from bronze masterpieces to oil paintings to wood carvings, scale-sized dioramas and an astonishing collection of miniature firearms.

Tues. – Sat. 10am – 5pm

Klamath County Museum

1451 Main St. (541) 8834-208

Klamath Basin history comes alive at the Klamath County Museum, 1451 Main Street, in downtown Klamath Falls. The former armory was built in 1932 and features art deco elements. It was a popular venue for major musicians and groups in the 1940’s and 50’s. The displays include Indian artifacts and dioramas, taxidermy birds, relics from pioneer days and classic photographs of life a century-ago in Klamath County.

Tues. – Sat. 9am – 5pm, Admission – $5.00 with discounts for students and seniors.

Senator George Baldwin Hotel

31 Main St. (541) 8834-2075

The Victorian styled Baldwin Hotel in downtown Klamath Falls was built in 1906 by state Senator George Baldwin, as a hardware store and, in 1908, also as a hotel. Preserved in the hotel is a photo studio used by his daughter, Maud, a famous photographer. The hotel was closed in 1977 and a year later became part of the Klamath County Museums. It is listed on the Oregon and National Historic Registers. Guided tours are offered in the summer or by appointment.

June – Sept. / Wed. – Sat. 10am – 4pm

Fort Klamath Museum And Park

51400 Highway 62, Fort Klamath(541) 3812-2305

Remnants of early Klamath Basin settlement times are offered at the Fort Klamath Museum and Park about 30 miles northwest of Klamath Falls. The fort was established in 1863 to provide protection for pioneer settlers. It became famous after the Modoc Indian War when Captain Jack and three other Modoc leaders were held, tried, hanged and buried at the post. The museum and park are open with periodic reenactments offered.

June – Sept. / Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 6pm

Collier Memorial State Logging Museum

46000 Highway 97 N, Chiloquin(541) 7832-4718

The unique outdoor logging museum about 30 miles north of Klamath Falls contains an array of equipment and items that display the region’s logging history from the mid-1800’s to the late 1900’s. The grounds include a pioneer village and are a part of the larger park, which offers camping, picnicking, trails, fishing and day-use.

Tulelake Museum Of Local History

Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds 800 S. Main Street Tulelake, CA. 96134 (530) 6675-312

History from the Tulelake Basin, including the communities of Tulelake, Malin and Merrill, are featured in the museum located in the office of the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds in Tulelake, CA about 26 miles south of Klamath Falls just south of the Oregon-California state line. Items from the region’s homesteading years, military veterans, Modoc Indian War and Tule Lake Internment Camp are featured. Hour-long videotape tours are offered.

Children’s Museum Klamath Falls

711 East Main St. (541) 8852-995

Providing a fun, interactive environment for children and families to explore and discover the ever-changing world around them. Through the arts, sciences and humanities, this museum will stimulate the creative potential within us.

Open Wed – Sat 10am-2pm.

Malin Historical Society Museum

Malin OR

Located downtown in the city of Malin is the Malin Historical Society. This historical museum contains many nice artifacts and displays highlighting the history of the area, developed by Czechoslovakian transplants from the Midwest in the early 1900s.

There are Native American artifacts, prehistoric artifacts (like a mastodon tusk), cultural artifacts highlighting Czechoslovakian culture and local history, containing pictures and relics of Malin’s past.

The building that houses the historical society was once a former bank and contains history of the bank’s past as well.

Merrill Historical and Modoc War Museum

301 E Second St, Merrill OR

Music, art, war, and local interests are all blended to create a unique timeline of Merrill and the surrounding communities.  Stepping over the threshold of the old Rec Hall, moved in 1946 from the Tulelake Japanese Internment Camp, the past beckons.

Merrill Historical and Modoc War Museum follows the participants of the Modoc War including the propaganda bolstering the bloodlust of the time. Time period guns, photos, and materials of the era are all on display in thanks to generous donors.

From dark to fantasy, Carl Barks, the renowned “Good Duck Artist,” holds a place in Merrill History. Born March 27, 1901 near Merrill, Oregon, Carl Barks’ imagination brought world fame through his characters such as: Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, Gyro Gearloose, Hewey, Dewey, Lewey, the Beagle Boys, and many more. The whimsical room dedicated to Carl Barks bridges history and youth.

Merrill Historical War and Modoc War Museum remembers those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of their country, pioneered the land giving all to the rugged country under a blistering sun and bitter winters, and those who thrived to create the community of today.

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