The Museum

Four Rivers Cultural Center Museum gathers within it’s walls, the wonders of more than a century of history. The museum exhibits trace the settlement patterns of the Northern Paiutes, Basque, Japanese, Hispanic, and EuroAmerican immigrants. The visitor’s exhibit tour begins with an educational film designed to provide a historical context to the exhibit gallery.

From the orientation theater, visitors enter a life scale diorama of a Northern Paiute camp along the river.

Paiute Indians

The diorama leads to exhibits on the reservation period and removal of the Paiute from the Malheur Reservation as the cattle move into the region.

In 1883, the arrival of the Oregon Short Line Railroad brought a new focus to the area, opening up new markets in agriculture and improved accessibility for new settlers.

A history of the valley’s irrigation walks you through the early efforts to irrigate by water wheels, to private ditch projects, federally funded irrigation dams, and finally a stroll through a giant siphon tube.
Experience the evacuation and the war effort of the Japanese Americans as the visitor walks through a barrack in the internment camp. Encounter personal recollections of individuals from the community to understand the period of World War II and the Japanese American loyalty and dedication to this country.

The second major exhibit gallery describes contemporary Cultures and Communities. Four re-created building facades serve as the backdrop for discussion of issues faced by the modern settlers in Eastern Oregon and Western Idaho.