Aurora, Oregon is a great day trip from Portland or Salem if you are interested in Oregon history and how the pioneers lived. Aurora is a designated National Historic District and it is Oregon's antique capital.
The community of Aurora, Oregon was founded in 1856 by the followers of Prussion born Wilhelm Keil. Keil led a Christian group devoted to the Golden Rule. They worked together and helped each other out building a prosperous community. As Keil neared the end of his life he began transferring ownership directly to the individuals.
You could say that the colony was a failure because it didn't last. However, in many ways it was a success because it dissolved in a way that left the community intact and in a way that allowed its prosperity to continue.
Old Aurora Colony Museum consists of five preserved buildings that existed when the original colony was built with many original artifacts. The complex is made up of:
In addition, the museum has special exhibits throughout the year. At the present time there is an exhibit of quilts made by members of the Aurora Colony.
Seniors 60+ & AAA Members: $5.00
Children 5 and under: FREE
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday: Noon - 4:00 pm
The Museum is also closed for the month of January and on all major holidays.
The museum is in downtown Aurora. You can't miss it.
15018 Second Street NE
(Corner of Second & Liberty Streets)
Aurora, Oregon 97002
Today the business district of Aurora, Oregon is filled with antique stores, handcrafted furniture stores, an architectural salvage store, a deli, and a pub. It is a place where you can spend an entire day.
Aurora, Oregon is just 20 minutes from both Portland and Salem. Here is an interactive map to help you find your way.