Discover Salem’s Heritage and Culture


You can explore Salem’s history through a variety of attractions and walking tours.

You can start with this four-minute video by the Heritage All-Star Forum for their Salem “Your Capital of Culture” series. The Heritage All-Star Forum is comprised of representatives from Salem’s heritage and cultural sites.

Salem: Capital of Culture


Discover Salem Oregon: Your Capital of Culture from Salem Heritage All-Star Forum on Vimeo.

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Salem is one of just six communities in Oregon that has been recognized by the Oregon Heritage Commission as a Heritage All-Star Community.

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​Places to visit and explore Salem’s history and culture

  • Gilbert House Children's Museum (1887): A children's museum located in downtown Salem's Riverfront Park.

  • Bush House (1878): Bush House is a Victorian residence built by pioneer editor and banker Asahel Bush II.

  • Deepwood Estate (1894): Historic Deepwood Estate, with its Queen-Anne style house, is right next door to Bush House on 4.5 acres of historic gardens.

  • Hallie Ford Museum of Art: Located in the heart of Salem, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art's collections reflect the rich history and culture of the Pacific Northwest.

  • Willamette Heritage Center: The Willamette Heritage Center is home to the Marion County Historical Society and the Mission Mill Museum. Visitors can visit 14 historical structures at this one location. Structures at the center listed on the National Register of Historic Places include the Thomas Kay woolen mill, the Jason Lee House, Methodist Parsonage, John D. Boon House and the Pleasant Grove (Condit) Church.

​Walk Salem’s history