Rich in cultural lore and stories about Douglas County’s founders, our region’s museums offer visitors a glimpse into history and an opportunity to explore local points of interest.
DOUGLAS COUNTY MUSEUM
123 Museum Drive, Roseburg — The museum specializes in displays of nature and the county’s legendary past. Visitors can see the tools used by native people before Mount Mazama erupted to form Crater Lake. Children are encouraged to enjoy exhibits through hands-on programs. People of all ages can learn about the Applegate Trail and the hardships endured by early settlers. The museum provides new exhibits throughout the year, including a live turtle and snake display. In June, it will also feature an exhibit on forest history of the area. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children free. 541-957-7007. Website: www.douglasmuseum.com.
130 Locust St. — This museum is about the history of the town, including a general store, doctor’s office, bank, parlor, train station, pharmacy and other rooms typical of an early Oakland home, with memorabilia from the 1860s to mid-1900s. The museum is open from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. daily except holidays. No admission charge, but donations are appreciated. 541-459-3087. Website: www.historicoaklandoregon.com.
421 W. Fifth St., Canyonville — The museum is open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays; group tours or genealogical research by appointment. The museum has information on South Douglas County, with special attention to pioneer life and artifacts of the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe. An extensive new display from the Riddle family, which platted the town of Riddle in 1882, has been included. The Pickett Building is stocked with exhibits primarily related to farm implements. The Huckleberry Mine Building contains mining tools and equipment. There are also an outdoor display of logging items and a blacksmith shop. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. 541-839-4845.
UMPQUA DISCOVERY CENTER
409 Riverfront Way, Reedsport. The museum is an educational and cultural resource designed for people of all ages. Interactive exhibits and programs are featured to illustrate how land, water and people have influenced one another across the ages. The center is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, March 15 to October 14; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 15 to March 14. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. year-round, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Call or check the website for admission rates. 541-271-4816, www.umpquadiscoverycenter.com.
UMPQUA RIVER LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM
Six miles south of Reedsport, 1020 Lighthouse Road, Winchester Bay, Oregon. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March, April, November and into December. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the last two weeks of December. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May through October. The lighthouse is still an active aid to navigation and the special 1st order Fresnel lens is maintained by Douglas County for the U.S. Coast Guard. The lighthouse buildings, grounds and museum are operated by Douglas County. Admission to the museum is free; guided lighthouse tours are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Children age 3 to 5 are free. 541-271-4631, friendsofumpquariverlight.weebly.com.
544 S.E. Douglas Ave., Roseburg — The house commemorates the life of Joseph Lane, a pioneer soldier and statesman. Lane was a commissioned Brigadier General during the Mexican War and also the state’s first elected U.S. senator from 1859 to 1861. In 1860 he was the Democratic candidate for vice president. During his final years, Gen. Lane lived near his daughter and son-in-law, John and Emily Floed. They owned the Floed-Lane House, which was built between 1866 and 1876. The general spent much of his time with his daughter. The home is now maintained by the Douglas County Historical Society. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, or by appointment. Admission is free but donations are accepted. 541-673-0466.