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. We work to preserve important objects and stories. We examine local history through multiple lenses. We celebrate the arts, creativity and curiosity. Through our Guest Curator program our exhibitions are built by people telling their own stories, and are developed to be cultural resources for the entire community.

Browse our current and past exhibitions below.

 

Featured Exhibition

DISplace

Our 2021 history & culture exhibition shines light on the widely unknown connection between Hawai‘i, the Pacific Northwest, and the communities that continue to flow between these two regions.

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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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Gender Euphoria: Contemporary Art Beyond the Binary

Our 2021 art exhibition celebrates images of gender euphoria and envisions a world that respects the diverse lived experiences of trans and genderqueer contemporary artists and their communities.

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Community Gallery

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

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

Untouchable Artifacts

Exhibition Opening July 17, 2021

Untouchable Artifacts: A Virtual and Printed Exhibition on Indigenous Storytelling, History, and Resilience

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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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Staff Show

January 2020

In this exhibition, the Five Oaks staff investigates the many ways in which the Five Oaks name, historic site, and its potential resonates within each of us working at the museum today.

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