|The Bowman Museum’s goal is 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. This museum serves Crook County residents and Central Oregon visitors by offering new exhibits every year. They also feature exciting speakers, area tours, historical and genealogical research assistance, annual celebrations, regular visitation hours, newspaper articles and quarterly publications. Bowman Museum’s indoor exhibit gallery features a wide range of displays detailing Crook County’s history, including the City of Prineville Railroad, the ups and downs of the timber industry as well as an impressive military exhibit. Along with these major exhibits, many smaller exhibits tantalize visitors with historically accurate depictions of pioneer life and local history.
Photo Courtesy of Iron Horse
The building, which holds the historical artifacts of Crook County, opened as the A. R. Bowman Museum in 1971. Built in 1910 as the Crook County Bank, the building was constructed using stone blocks from a local quarry located just west of the Ochoco Viewpoint. The same stone was used to build the historic Crook County Courthouse only one year earlier.
Executive Director: Gordon Gillespie
Address: 246 North Main Street, Prineville, Oregon 97754
Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat. 11 – 4 p.m.
Summer Hours (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 and during the month of January.