Welcome to Bowman Museum

We exist to inspire, entertain, educate and involve our local community, as well as visitors from all over the world, in the stewardship of our unique history. We serve Crook County residents and Central Oregon visitors by offering new exhibits every year. We also feature exciting speakers, area tours, historical and genealogical research assistance, annual celebrations, regular visitation hours, newspaper articles and quarterly publications.

Launched in 1971 through the generosity of the Bowman family and newly expanded through the contributions of hundreds of community members and supporters in 2012, A.R. Bowman Museum serves more than 20,000 students, scholars and visitors each year.

Through generous public and private support the Bowman Museum has created a vivid collection of pioneer history and organized programs serving thousands of people annually. In 1991 its building was entered on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1996 it hosted the first Smithsonian exhibit in Central Oregon. In 1997 it won national recognition from the Institute of Museum Services.

Today, in addition to hosting students and visitors, the Bowman Museum publishes books and field guides, presents a lecture series, conducts historical field trips, and through the Internet links its collection with museums and libraries throughout the world.

Telling our community’s story since 1971

Since the creation of the Bowman Museum in 1971, generations of Central Oregonians have contributed time, money and family heirlooms to help tell the history of their county. With our region changing faster than ever, it became imperative to expand Bowman Museum. We bring Central Oregon’s history to life for thousands of students, community members and tourists. School children visit for hands-on and eye-opening learning. Scholars and researchers scour our historical and genealogical library.