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Fort Dalles Museum and Anderson Homestead

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Address: 500 W 15th St, 15th and Garrison Streets, The Dalles, OR 97058-1527
Phone Number: +1 541-296-4547

This museum served as a military fort in the mid-1800s.

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History museum

We walked from our hotel downtown to work our legs after the long drive. I expected a quick time ur of the museum but the docents were so good we were there 2 1/2 hours. It was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Black Diamond
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We walked from our hotel downtown to work our legs after the long drive. I expected a quick time ur of the museum but the docents were so good we were there 2 1/2 hours. It was great. Good historical information and interesting things I had never learned before. Glad we went for sure.

Thank oghunter
Allegan, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Talk about finding a jewel this is the perfect example. When we visited The Dalles we were told there wasn't much to do there but we visited this little museum at the top of a hill and found a treasure chest of interesting facts about the early days of Oregon and The Dalles area. They have done a great job... More 

Thank Brinkely47
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Interesting collection of artifacts including horse drawn vehicles. The volunteers who staff it are well informed and friendly. It takes 1-1.5 hours to go through and gives a good sense of early day The Dalles.

Thank Lauretta B
St. Louis, MO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We found out about this museum late in the day, but decided to go there anyway. The volunteers who work there were more knowledgeable about The Dalles than the people who work at the Chamber of Commerce downtown. They were very helpful with directions and information. They took the time to show us around the Surgeon's House at the Fort... More 

1 Thank ThomasTCat
West Linn, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

For a stroll back in time, while venturing out in The Dalles this is a quaint & charming museum. Insightful host share their insight of this charming city.

Thank JulesBrie
Joplin, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Knowledgeable Docent led our private tour of buildings. There were not other people visiting the museum that afternoon. This would be a good 1-2 hour activity.

Thank Patricia B
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

I love this type of museum. The docents love their work and it shows. Shared information about the area, history, love of it all. Great guided tour through the Anderson Homestead. A must stop for the history buff...or anyone who wants to dig deeper into the local culture.

Thank Donna T
Claremont, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

For history buffs, the main feature of this little museum is the fort’s doctor’s elegant house full of period furniture and other artifacts and photos. It also has a collection of 19th century modes of transportation. It could do more to tell the story of the purposes of the fort, most of which we got orally from a very helpful... More 

1 Thank David L
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

The Fort Dalles museum and Anderson Homestead are 2 of the few remaining houses from the 19th century. A general who arrived disappointed with housing for officers had several built. The fort is long gone but this house was built for the surgeon. Docents explained the rooms. There is a barn with antique vehicles and another with carriages. Across the... More 

Thank cfuller603
Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

The great enthusiasm of our guide made this a very interesting morning. Many different things to see. Great value.

Thank Roy K

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