Cottage Grove Museum

    The place to experience Cottage Grove's past

 The Cottage Grove Museum is thrilled to announce 


the return of our annual holiday event, 


Stained Glass and Candlelight! 


We'll resume our tradition of dimming the lights inside and lighting the stained-glass windows from the outside 

while our expert historian Joanne Skelton takes us on a window-by-window tour of the beauty and symbolism of each one. Please join us on Saturday, December 3rd from 6:00-7:30 p.m. for this unique holiday event! 

Joanne’s tour will be start promptly at 6:30. Light refreshments will be offered.  

Admission is free and donations are gladly accepted.


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 The Cottage Grove Museum is 


OPEN! 


SATURDAY & SUNDAY – 1:00 - 4:00 PM

 or by special arrangement (contact us for details)


We would LOVE to see you! 

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Welcome to the Cottage Grove Museum!
Located in Cottage Grove's historic Northwest Neighborhood
Click here to get directions to the museum

The Cottage Grove Museum was built 1897 as Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.  This unique octagonal building was modeled after a small church in Germany.  The stained glass windows are original and were imported from Italy.  When the parish moved in 1961, the building was purchased and deeded to the city of Cottage Grove for use as a museum.  The Cottage Grove Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.                                                             

From Yeovil England to Cottage Grove Oregon


She Survived theTitanic 


An exhibit featuring the story of Marion Wright Woolcott, Titanic survivor

The coat worn by Cottage Grove resident Marion Wright Woolcott when she was rescued from theTitanic has returned to the Cottage Grove Museum after a two year absence while it was exhibited at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the National Geographic Museum.  


The Cottage Grove Museum's new, expanded exhibit, She Survived the Titanic, tells Marion's remarkable story. On permanent exhibit, year-round in the Museum Annex.

New Exhibit: Bundle Up! 


Brr! Baby it's cold outside!  Our new exhibit, Bundle Up! features coats, hats and scarves worn by men, women and children during the long chilly Cottage Grove winters in the early 1900s.  The exhibit features genuine beaver skin hat, a little girl's cape and several women's coats and scarves. On exhibit now in the center case in main museum building. 


A "TIMELY" EXHIBIT!


CALENDARS 

FROM COTTAGE GROVE'S PAST


Calendars doubled as advertising and often featured reproductions of artwork in addition to the usual calendar marking months, weeks and days. Come take a look and see if you or someone you know remembers any of them hanging in their home or business.


VISITING HOURS

Saturday & Sunday  

1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

Or by special arrangement

Contact us!

ADMISSION

Admission to the Cottage Grove Museum is FREE.  

Donations are gladly accepted.


YES!  We are on Facebook!  

Click on the icon to visit us there!

JUST FOR FUN!

Take an up close and personal tour of the Museum's new roof!

Enjoy this bird's eye view thanks to drone video provided by Museum Board Member Dan Hill.  

For a beautiful day in our neighborhood: 

Take our Walking Tour!


The Cottage Grove Museum is located in Cottage Grove's Historic Northwest Neighborhood.  We invite you to enjoy our neighborhood, which is full of historic homes, by taking a walking tour. 

Click here to download your copy!

SUPPORT THE COTTAGE GROVE MUSEUM!

The Cottage Grove Museum is a volunteer organization that depends entirely on donations.  We make it easy to show your support!  Just click on the donate button below.  

Or mail donations to:

Cottage Grove Museum

PO Box 142

Cottage Grove, OR 97424


THANK YOU!

The Veley House, located across the street from the museum, houses the administrative offices, photos, and storage.

The Museum Annex, located next to the main museum building, houses exhibits that depict everyday life in early Cottage Grove, including a blacksmith shop, general store, a kitchen and a parlor.


FROM OUR ONLINE PHOTO COLLECTION

FIND YOUR HOUSE!

See over 100 photos of historic homes of Cottage Grove taken in the 1920s!  Museum volunteers were able to identify the location of half of these photos.  Can you help with the rest?  Take a look and see if you know where the they are, then contact us and let us know!  Click here to view our collection of photographs of historic homes in Cottage Grove.

THE BLUE GOOSE!

Take a ride on the Blue Goose, Cottage Grove's famous excursion train! Remember – or learn –what it was like to ride the Blue Goose through images captured in over 100 color slides recently uploaded to the museum's online historic photo collection.  Click here and enjoy!

RIDE THE RAILS ON THE BLUE GOOSE 

More from our online photo collection!

click each link below:


HISTORIC COTTAGE GROVE NEWSPAPERS ONLINE!

Take a look at Cottage Grove's past by searching through old newspapers online.  Read first hand accounts of life in the Grove from its very earliest days.  Click here and have fun! The old ads are our favorites!


Funding for the newspaper project is provided by the Cottage Grove Partners in History, The Stewart Foundation and the Oregon State Library Oregon Digital Newspaper Project.