Mission Mill Museum

Mission Mill Museum is a historic museum located in Salem, Oregon, United States. It features working displays of a woolen mill—the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill—and several historic Salem buildings that have been relocated to the mill site.

Mill history

The original Kay Woolen Mill was opened in 1890, by Thomas L. Kay, whose family eventually founded Pendleton Woolen Mills. The workforce of 50 labored 60-hour weeks. In 1895, a fire destroyed much of the mill and outbuildings. Kay died in 1900 and his son Thomas B. Kay took over as president and served until his own death in 1931.

By 1898 the mill had been rebuilt. Two additional stories were added in 1941.


The museum includes a water power interpretive exhibit by Portland General Electric. The exhibit demonstrates how the mill was run using the water from Mill Creek.

Structures on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Jason Lee House (1841) - a home of Jason Lee which, with the Parsonage, are the earliest known frame buildings in Salem, and perhaps the oldest remaining in the state
  • Methodist Mission Parsonage (1841)
  • John D. Boon House (1847)
  • Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church (1858)
  • Thomas Kay Woolen Mill (1889)

Building Activity

  • OpenBuildings
    OpenBuildings updated a digital reference
    about 6 years ago via Annotator
  • OpenBuildings
    OpenBuildings updated a digital reference and added a digital reference
    about 6 years ago via OpenBuildings.com