History comes alive at Fort Dalles Museum!
Welcome to Fort Dalles and the Anderson House

Fort Dalles Museum, in The Dalles, Oregon, is housed in the former Surgeon’s Quarters; the only remaining officer’s quarters of the 1856 Fort Dalles military complex. One of Oregon’s oldest history museums, it first opened its doors in 1905.

 A group of civic-minded pioneer women were instrumental in saving the building at the turn of the century.  Through an act of Congress it became the property of the Oregon Historical Society as they were a recognized non-profit organization. OHS authorized the ladies of the “Old Fort Dalles Historical Society” to open it as a museum in 1905.  Since the early 1950s it has operated under the management of  the Wasco County/City of The Dalles Museum Commission.

Take a tour of our unique collection of pioneer and military artifacts and antique wagons at one of the old west’s most pivotal places in history. You will enjoy viewing our exhibits and walking on the grounds of this military fort, built during the 1800s.

Fort Dalles joins the other historic venues here in The Dalles, Oregon by welcoming the 2015 cruise ships: American Empress,  Queen of the West, Legacy, Sea Bird, and the Sea Lion this season. We are excited to share our history with visitors.

Fort Dalles Museum is proud to be one of more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to active military personnel and their families throughout the year in collaboration with the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.