• TWO FLOORS IN THE OLD BANK


    feature tantalizing exhibits that tell Central Oregon history in detail …  
  • THE HISTORY CENTER OPENED IN 2012


    … and houses the museum’s research library, community room and new exhibits.  
  • NEW EXHIBITS REVEAL A RICH HISTORY


    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

Coming Soon: Veteran’s Month Exhibit

Uncle Sam’s Crook County Heroes

Military exhibit-2 Nov 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Our Story

 The Bowman Museum is operated by the Crook County Historical Society, which was founded in 1969 to preserve and promote understanding of the history of Crook County.  

In 1971 the A.R. Bowman family boosted the Historical Society’s efforts when they donated the Crook County Bank for use as a museum. A Kansas native, civic leader Arthur Ray Bowman served as Crook County Judge and promoted initiatives creating the Ochoco Irrigation District, the Prineville Airport, U.S. Highway 26, and the Crooked River Project, which today includes the A. R. Bowman Dam.

Through generous public and private support the Bowman Museum has created a vivid collection of pioneer history and organized programs serving more than 10,000 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.

 

Museum Info


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Address
246 North Main Street,
Prineville, Oregon 97754

Hours

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

Summer
(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

Phone
541-447-3715

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

Brittany Shunk, Collections Manager

Eloise Brummer, Collections Assistant & General Info

Bonnie Williams, Saturday Attendant