Cottage Grove Museum

    The place to experience Cottage Grove's past

 The Cottage Grove Museum is 


SATURDAY & SUNDAY – 1:00 - 4:00 PM

 or by special arrangement (contact us for details)

We would LOVE to see you! 



First Things First:



Please join us as we gather to honor 

Cottage Grove resident and Titanic Survivor 

Marion Wright Woolcott and her Lucky Coat! 

Here are the details:

A Taste of History is a fun social gathering and fundraiser honoring Cottage Grove's Titanic survivor Marion Wright Woolcott's incredible voyage from Yeovil, England to Cottage Grove.

On Thursday, August 18th, 6:30pm, The Coast Fork Brewing Company and the Cottage Grove Museum will host a benefit to raise awareness of Cottage Grove resident and Titanic survivor Marion Wright Woolcott and her Lucky Coat, which is on exhibit at the Cottage Grove Museum. The event will be held at the Coast Fork Brewing Company, 106 S. 6th St., in Cottage Grove.

A portion of the sales of "Old Lucky Coat Ale", created in honor of the coat that kept Marion warm during her harrowing escape from death, will be donated to the museum. There will also be a raffle for gift baskets featuring a Titanic theme, a private museum tour for you and your guests, and a growler of the Old Lucky Coat Ale.

Museum staff and volunteers will share the compelling tale of Marion’s journey across the Atlantic to join her future husband here in Cottage Grove – a trip that was interrupted when the maiden trip of the Titanic was met with disaster. The young bride-to-be survived in part due to people she met on board the Titanic and because her thick “Lucky Coat” kept her warm in the lifeboat and on board the decks of the rescue vessel Carpathia.

Coast Fork Brewer, Stephen Mathys, created the rich North England style Old Ale to honor and remember the Lucky Coat and Marion’s Titanic journey. He will describe the brewing of this delicious draft and the history of “Old” Ales. It is possible some of the 15,000 bottles of ale loaded on to the Titanic were “Old” Ales.

Food, a variety of brews, wine, and non alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you there!

Here's the Facebook link to the event.  
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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.

Wedding Bells are Ringing!

The Cottage Grove Museum is honored to exhibit highlights from our large collection of wedding dresses from the past.  The photo to the right gives you a taste of what you will see when you visit us.  In addition to wedding dresses, we've included all the trimmings; gloves, shoes and even a parasol!  On exhibit now in the main case housed in the historic Cottage Grove Museum main building.





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.


Saturday & Sunday  

1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

Or by special arrangement

Contact us!


Admission to the Cottage Grove Museum is FREE.  

Donations are gladly accepted.

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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!


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


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.



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.


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!

More from our online photo collection!

click each link below:


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!