Gresham History Museum

Museum Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-4
Saturdays 10-2


2014 Exhibits

Come check out the new exhibits for 2014: A Kaleidoscope of Cultures: The Peoples of Gresham Founding Gresham The Historic Columbia River Highway: The King of Roads Chinook Country: The First Residents of the Gresham Area



Interested in researching your Gresham family or home? Please make an appointment to visit our Research Room!


Looking to Volunteer?

The Gresham History Museum is always looking for more volunteers. We have a variety of tasks from greeting visitors to data entry that we need help with. Please contact the museum if you are interested in helping out!


Become a Member

Become a Member! Help support our mission by becoming a member today!


Guided Walking Tours

Join us for a walk through Gresham's history! These hour and a half tours will walk you through Gresham's Historic Downtown. Tours held Saturdays: April 12th, April 19th, May 10th, May 31st, June 14th, June 21st, and June 28th. Tours leave at 11:00 am.


Historic Pioneer Cemetery Tour

Join us for a walk through Gresham's Pioneer Cemeteries and learn a little about the history of some of the early residents of Gresham. Tour offered Sunday April 13th and Sunday June 15th from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.


Photography Lecture

Photography Lecture courtesy of Blue Moon Camera and Machine & the Gresham Historical Society April 30th, 6:00 pm. Lecture is free; Donations are appreciated.


Third Thursday Studios

The Center for the Arts Foundation presents Third Thursday Studios, a lecture series held at the Gresham History Museum on the third Thursday of January, February, March, and April of 2014.


Story Sharing Project

Make an appointment to come share your stories of growing up, living, working, and play here in Gresham. Each sharing session is filmed, and all participants will receive a DVD copy. Please come share your stories with us!


                         Welcome to the Gresham Historical Society

The Gresham Historical Society was founded in 1976 by a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the history of Gresham and the surrounding areas. We are a nonprofit organization, funded by donations and with one part-time, paid staff member and many volunteers. Currently, our membership is 300 strong, comprised of individuals and businesses. Our newsletter comes out quarterly; click on the envelope icon at the top of the page for more information. You can also find us on Facebook (Gresham Historical Society & Gresham History Museum)

Gresham Historical Society Mission Statement:

To provide and maintain the historic Carnegie Library Building for research, collection, preservation, protection and public display of artifacts, pictures and documents relevant to the history of the area. To provide educational programs that foster an understanding of Gresham area pioneers, families and events.

 Preparing for the future by preserving the past.

                                                                     Museum Hours

                                                                           Tuesdays and Thursdays - 10AM-4PM
                                                                                    Saturdays - 10AM-2PM
                                                                      Visitors, Volunteers, and Members welcome!

                                                                                             Admission is free.


                                                                      Event News:

-> Our Guided Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Gresham are back! The first tour leaves at 11:00am from the Gresham History Museum on April 12th. The tour leaves rain or shine and is completely free. Donations always welcome and greatly appreciated. Be sure to check out our events tab for other future dates!

-> Did you miss the Historic Cemetery Tour last year? Have no fear, we've brought it back! The Historic Cemetery tour will be hosted on Sunday April 13th and Sunday June 15th from 1:00pm - 2:00pm. Tour group meets at Spring Water Corridor entrance to Main City Park. No charge for tour, donations appreciated.

-> Be sure to come hear Blue Moon Camera and Machine's lecture on the history of photography, and care and maintenance of cameras and photographs on April 30th at 6:00pm. The lecture will be held at the museum. There is no admission fee; donations are appreciated.

-> Be sure to check out the Center for the Arts Foundations upcoming Third Thursday lectures, held at the Gresham History Museum. Check out their website at for more information, or check out our Events page.

See our Events page for more information about upcoming events!

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Currently at the Museum:

A Kaleidoscope of Cultures: The Peoples of Gresham

Main Exhibit:

A Kaleidoscope of Cultures: The Peoples of Gresham

Celebrating the diversity of our community. This exhibit highlights six different cultures that help make up the Gresham community: Japanese, Hispanic, Black,...

410 N Main Ave Gresham, OR 97030 | Museum Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10AM-4PM
Saturdays - 10AM-2PM
(503) 661-0347

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