Linn County Historical Museum
Address 101 Park Ave. Brownsville OR 97327
Phone: 541-466-3390 Website:
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The Linn County Historical Museum was founded in 1964 and is chock full of the
artifacts of the pioneer’s everyday life. Laid out in the lively Main Street style this is an
exceptional museum worthy of a tour. We are housed in 6 Southern Pacific Boxcars, a
1932 Caboose and the original Brownsville Train Depot. One of our prized features is
the covered wagon that brought the Drinkard family to Halsey in 1865. We also feature
the stories of a number of Black Pioneers who lived here in spite of Oregon’s very
restrictive laws against black and mulatto settlers. The Kalapuya exhibit, being updated
in 2019, features the stories of our native population before and after the arrival of the
white settlers.
Our Box Car Theatre uses the 29 seats from Brownsville’s now defunct Linn Theatre to
show a wide variety of movies during the museum’s open hours and offers an evening
show once a month. Contact the museum for titles and times or check our website,, or Facebook for the latest info.
The beautiful Moyer House is part of the museum as well and offers tours every
weekend. Built in 1881 for Brownsville civic leaders John and Elizabeth Moyer to
entertain in, there is extensive interior stenciling and artistic touches throughout. The
Linn County Museum Friends have spent a number of years restoring the house to its
original elegance and is now nearly complete. Tours happen on the hour on Saturdays
year round and during the summer on Sundays as well. Moyer House tours are $5.00 for
adults and $1.00 for children.
The Museum sponsors 3 big events each year. The first weekend in May we launch a
somewhat theatrical recreation of a different year in history called Carriage Me Back. A
horse drawn carriage carries you around town as different scenes are enacted in period
costume. You are dropped off at the Moyer house for more scenes inside. Historical and
hysterical. Reservations strongly suggested.
On July 23 rd the museum throws a citywide party for the fans of the 1986 movie “Stand
By Me” that was filmed here. Watch our Facebook page or website for all the details.
The fourth Saturday in August we bring back a sense of the town’s pioneer past with our
event “Hands on History”, giving you a chance to try your hand at the crafts and
everyday activities of our early settlers and native neighbors.
We are open Tuesday through Saturday 11-4 year round. In the summer months we add
Sundays from 1-5 as well. There is no fee to tour the museum, but we won’t turn down
your donations. We are part of the Linn County Parks Department and are supported by
the Linn County Museum Friends, Inc.
Address: 101 Park Avenue, Brownsville, Oregon 97327
Phone: 541-466-3390, e-mail:, web:

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