On Wednesday, April 7, the Museum of the Oregon Territory returned to its full operating hours, four days a week.
MOOT reopened with a limited occupancy of 10 on March 12, but for only Fridays and Saturdays. The museum had been closed to the public for about a year due to the pandemic, and its now back to its pre-COVID operating hours Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Group sizes are limited to 5 or less, and admission payment can be made by card only. MOOT's Hands-On History Hall and the Stevens-Crawford House, also managed by Clackamas County Historical Society, remain closed.
Visitors over the age of 5 are required to wear face masks for the duration of their visit and maintain a distance of 6 feet from visitors outside their household. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the museum.
MOOT overlooks Willamette Falls, which transformed the region's industry through powering mills and electricity, as demonstrated through exhibits at the museum. MOOT is home to Native American petroglyphs and artifacts, the original 1850 Oregon City and 1851 San Francisco plat maps, a piece of the Willamette Meteorite, original belongings of 19th century immigrants to Clackamas County, as well as thousands of other objects, photographs and documents that reflect Clackamas County history and culture.
MOOT's new rotating exhibit, "Lines on the Land: Mapping Clackamas County," is now open to the public. Using historic maps, survey equipment and journals, this exhibit describes the formation of the current boundaries of Clackamas County and explores the history of people and events that were changed by these lines on the land.
Located at 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City, MOOT is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-17 and $7 for seniors age 65 and up. Veterans get free admission with ID.
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