ABOUT US: Our History Our Culture

Truly, a dream come true! With strong support from the Tribal Council of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation, the museum project was on its way in 1974! The total cost of the museum project was $7,628,900. Grand opening was celebrated on March 13, 1993.

“The Big Picture”

The Curatorial department has one of the largest and most complete artifact collections of any Native American museum. Some of the highlights are:

  • One of the most exquisite collections of Plateau Native American artifacts in the country.
  • “Technically one of the best unified exhibition plans in any museum in America,” states James Nason, Curator of New World Ethnology, Burke Museum, University of Washington, commenting on the permanent exhibit gallery. It details the culture and history of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
  • During the summer weekends, you can witness live demonstrations by Tribal Members of the arts, history and culture. See theEvents page for more information.
  • The Gift Shop offers a tremendous array of locally-made beadwork and arts, Pendleton products, huckleberry products, jewelry, books and traditional and contemporary Native American music.