Fort Dalles Museum

Description

Take a tour of our unique collection of pioneer and military artifacts and antique wagons at one of the old west's most pivotal places in history. You will enjoy viewing our exhibits and walking on the grounds of this military fort, built during the 1800s.

Museum Spring schedule

Fort Dalles Museum will open three days a week, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning Friday, March 15.

Fort Dalles joins the other historic venues here in The Dalles, Oregon by welcoming the Queen of the West and National Geographic Linblad cruise ships this season. We will be open on those days. You can find out the seasonal tour boat schedule by emailing: info@thedalleschamber.com, calling The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Toll Free: 1-800-255-3385, Local: 541-296-2231 , or stop by at 404 West Second St., The Dalles, Oregon 97058.

We can arrange for group tours during other days by advanced reservation. If you have questions or wish to talk with someone, please email us at fortdallesmuseum@gmail.com or call 541-296-4547.

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Fort Dalles Museum is proud to be one of more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to active military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

Antique Vehicle Collection


Dalles-Prineville Stage Coach

Belly Dump Wagon

Umatilla House Bus
Fort Dalles Museum houses an historic collection of wagons and antique vehicles. The collection holds over 30 wheeled vehicles, including a stage coach, buses, road-building equipment, a covered wagon, two horse-drawn hearses, and two surreys, one of which was owned by Oregon Governor Zenas Moody. A portion of these antique vehicles were entrusted to the care of the museum by the American Legion Post #19. In addition, several early 1900's vintage automobiles give visitors a look into the past of the "horseless carriage."

The vehicles, like all antiquities, are subject to the process of aging. In order to preserve these historic vehicles, conservation steps need to be taken. However urgent the need for conservation of the vehicles, even more urgent is the need to replace the buildings in which they are stored. It is the opinion of professionals who have surveyed the collection that efforts to preserve and protect the individual vehicles will be useless if they cannot be moved into a proper facility.

In September 2009 the Fort Dalles Museum Anderson Homestead Foundation was created as a 501(c) organization to benefit Fort Dalles. In August of 2010 the foundation was granted tax-exempt status by the IRS. Our current project aims to fund the construction of a vehicle building to house our antique vehicle collection.


Artist’s conceptual rendering of proposed vehicle building.


It is essential to the preservation of this historic vehicle collection that we first raise the funds for a new vehicle building to house the collection. Once that is accomplished, we will be able to begin work on conserving the vehicles themselves.

Donations for the preservation of this historic vehicle collection can be made to the Fort Dalles Museum/Anderson Homestead Foundation, a tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 organization, P.O. Box 591, The Dalles, Oregon 97058.

Ask how you can help support this important preservation work or visit the FDMAH Foundation pages to learn more about their work.

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