Exhibitions

Stories of place through the voices of its people.

Five Oaks Museum brings Washington County’s many histories to life through a wide range of exhibits that help our community learn and grow together. Through our Guest Curator program, we present an art exhibition each summer and a history & culture exhibition each fall. Our guest curated exhibitions offer a platform for people to uplift their own community’s stories.

Browse our current and past exhibitions below.

 

Featured Exhibition

Untouchable Artifacts

Our 2021 art exhibition is a love letter to the art, practice, and importance of indigenous storytelling on Turtle Island.

In the exhibition, eleven indigenous artists who hold intersectional identities and carry ancestral knowledge continue the tradition of storytelling. Each artist has recorded themselves reading their story.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

This IS Kalapuyan Land

An exhibition available online in perpetuity that questions how Native history is told, shares Tualatin Kalapuyan history from a contemporary Kalapuyan perspective, and features artworks by Indigenous descendants who are contributing to cultural survivance today.

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DISplace

Our 202o history & culture exhibition shines light on the widely unknown connection between Hawaiʻi, the Pacific Northwest, and the communities that continue to flow between these two regions.

As far back as 1787, people coming from and through the Hawaiian Islands to what’s currently considered the Pacific Northwest have made important contributions to culture and industry throughout the region.

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Community Gallery

The Community Gallery highlights exciting, ongoing work of students and educators in interpreting history, culture, and art.

Seasonal Rounds

Community Gallery, July – September 2021

Seasonal rounds created by Oregon State University students illustrate how all tribal lifeways are inherently connected to their land.

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What Makes a Place?

Community Gallery, May-June 2021

In Winter 2021, Portland State University students created imaginative graphic design approaches to interpreting the Five Oaks Historic Site.

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Museum at (Our Place)

Museum at (Our Place) is an opportunity to bring an outdoor mini-exhibition to your school or neighborhood as a set of yard signs and learning resources.

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

 

Past Exhibitions

Father and Son viewing Mural

AgriCulture

September 2018 – June 2019

The stories in this exhibition tell about performing agricultural labor in the Tualatin Valley, in different times, with different crops, and under different social and political circumstances.

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Timber in the Tualatin Valley

2016 – 2020

With many original artifacts on loan from local collector Bill Racine, this display aims to teach visitors about the history of logging in Washington County, from the first pioneers to railroading to gas powered engines.

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