Our Mission & History
The mission of the Heritage Museum is to preserve and display the history and culture of the river town of Independence and Polk County through collections of artifacts, documents, and photographs and to make them available to the public by means of tours, programming and access to files and to work with other historical groups and community organizations.
Housed in the former First Baptist Church built in 1888 the museum displays the history and culture of Independence, Oregon and surrounding communities from 1840 to present. The Museum is located in the Independence Historic District, just 2 blocks from downtown and the Amphitheater at Riverview Park. Admission is $3.00 for adults; children through age 18 are free. Members are always free and the second Saturday of the month free admission is offered to all.
The mission of the Heritage Museum Society is to support the Heritage Museum through donation and service.
The museum is owned and operated by the City of Independence.