Aurora, Oregon

History, Charm, and Antiques

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.

jikido san

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.

jikido san

The commune members were skilled craftsmen and much of what they created remains today. The descendants of the original members formed the Aurora Colony Historical Society in 1963 with the purpose of preserving the buildings and artifacts.

"All there is to this thing of getting something out of life is to work, laugh and love a bit; take an interest in the things the other fellow is doing and do your share of whatever comes to hand." George Wolfer

What is there to see and do in Aurora?

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:

  • The Ox Barn
  • Steinbach Cabin
  • Tie Shed
  • Will Family Summer Kitchen
  • Kraus House


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.


Adults: $6.00
Seniors 60+ & AAA Members: $5.00
Students: $2.00
Members: FREE
Children 5 and under: FREE


Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday: Noon - 4:00 pm
Monday: closed
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

Antiques, Collectibles, and Food


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.

If you like filberts or hazelnuts and you also like toffee and chocolate, you will love visiting Pacific Hazelnut Candy Factory where you can take a tour and watch them make Hazelnut Toffee in big copper kettles. The factory is located at 14673 Ottaway Ave., Aurora, Oregon 97002. Phone: 800-634-7344 or 503-678-2755.

Aurora, Oregon is just 20 minutes from both Portland and Salem. Here is an interactive map to help you find your way.