feature tantalizing exhibits that tell Central Oregon history in detail …  

    … and houses the museum’s research library, community room and new exhibits.  

    Wind your way through exhibits, discover how Crook County has changed …      
  • LIVING TRADITIONS traces native peoples …

    … that have shared the history of Crook County.  

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.

What’s Happening

Bowman May at the Museum 2015

Teddy Roosevelt Historical Tribute to Visit Prineville on April 30


“Teddy Roosevelt’s Oregon Roadshow,” a live performance by historical recreator Joe Wiegand, will visit Prineville for a special event at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 as part of a week-long tour of schools and museums sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society and Wells Fargo.

The event will take place at the Crook County Historical Society’s Bowman Museum (246 N Main Street, Prineville) and is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

For the past three years, Wiegand has entertained and educated people of all ages as he traversed more than 3,500 miles across Oregon. This year, in his fourth annual visit to Oregon, he will travel from Portland to Prineville, with stops in Jefferson, Bend, Hood River, and more. Visit ohs.org to view the complete schedule.

“OHS is thrilled to again partner with Wells Fargo to bring this educational experience to schools and historical organizations throughout the region,” said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk.

Wiegand has been bringing T.R. to life for years with his unparalleled grasp of history and uncanny resemblance to the 26th president. His depth of knowledge about the personal anecdotes in Roosevelt’s life make his audiences feel they are truly in the presence of the former U.S. president and adventurer.

“Wells Fargo is celebrating its 163rd anniversary this year. We’ve never lost sight of our history and the role Wells Fargo played in our country’s development of the West,” said Tracy Curtis, Wells Fargo’s Oregon regional president. “We’re grateful to the Oregon Historical Society for organizing this unique educational experience. Children and adults alike will delight in seeing our former president come to life.”

An author, naturalist, explorer, soldier, conservationist, and president, Roosevelt’s history is larger than life. His fascinating career boasted many accomplishments, including the creation of Crater Lake National Park in 1902.

“So many of T.R.’s contemporaries testify to the way he entertained audiences with inspirational and humorous stories from his youth, his ranching days, Cuba, and the presidency,” Wiegand said. “I really enjoy sharing T.R.’s funny stories of life in the White House with six kids and telling anecdotes from his many adventures, from bear hunts to the Panama Canal, from Africa to the Amazon.”


Museum Info

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246 North Main Street,
Prineville, Oregon 97754


Tues. – Fri.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat. 11 – 4 p.m.

(Memorial Day thru Labor Day)
Mon. – Fri.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat. & Sun
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Closed major holidays & January


Research Library Hours
Tues. & Thurs. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Special hours by appointment

Staff Contact: (click to email)

Museum Staff:

Gordon Gillespie, Museum Director

Steve Lent, Museum Historian

Sarah Baylinson, Collections Manager

Eloise Brummer, Collections Assistant & General Info

Bonnie Williams, Saturday Attendant