Immerse yourself in the history, culture, and hospitality of the people who have lived on this land for more than 10,000 years. Experience the storied past, rich present, and bright future of their tribes through interactive exhibits, special events, and informational programs. More than just a museum, Tamastklikt celebrates the traditions of Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes. With dramatic exhibits, renowned artwork and interesting – and yes, fun events year-round. This is a self guided tour at your leisure. Afterwards you can shop the gift store and enjoy lunch in their café. Admission in $12.00 per person and lunch costs vary in their café. Find out more about the museum here.
A small group of men interested in keeping aviation and military history alive in Pendleton, got together in 2001, and the Pendleton Air Museum was founded. In September 2017 they opened their physical museum to the public. This is a small, yet historic and interesting museum, telling the tail of the years gone by when Pendleton once had an Air Force base. Admission is free, but there is a donation box. Find out more about it here.
The Pendleton Center for the Arts is a great place to express your creative self and enjoy the creative work of others. Their beautifully restored 1916 Carnegie Library building overlooks the Umatilla River at the north end of Pendleton’s charming downtown. Browse the galleries, and shop for finely crafted wearable and functional art. Admission is free. Find out more about the museum here.
Heritage Station Museum is run by the Umatilla County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) organization, established in 1974. The Museum is housed in the 1909 train depot which was converted into a museum in 1987. Today the grounds include archive storage, offices, open air amphitheater, and outdoor exhibits. The outdoor exhibits include a homestead cabin and one room school house, a Union Pacific caboose, Windmill, and barn (all of which you may enter and explore),. The indoor exhibits celebrate the history of the country, with a permanent Oregon Trail exhibit, railroad information, newspaper/post office, and several changing exhibits. Picnic tables are available at a small park outside museum. Coming spring and summer of 2019 is a new military exhibit located in the 1914 Signal house and Umatilla Gold an interactive exhibit that takes you on an educational tour through the history of the wheat industry (Umatilla Gold opens August 2019). Admission is $4 for seniors per person. Find out more about the museum here.
Time permitting walk around historic Pendleton Downtown and take in the shops, breweries, the Pendleton Round-Up grounds, and more.