About the Museum

The Favell Museum of Native American Artifacts and Contemporary Western Art


A visit to the Favell Museum is a must for anyone who loves Native American artifacts, and Western art.

This museum is dedicated to the Indians who roamed and loved this land before the coming of the white man and to those artists who truly portray the inherited beauty which surrounds us. Their artifacts and art are an important part of the heritage of the West. – Gene & Winifred Favell, Favell Museum Founders

Over 100,000 artifacts, illustrating the lives of indigenous tribes from around the world are on display, with the primary focus on Native American tribes. Collections dating from 12,000 years ago include thousands of arrowheads, obsidian knives, spear points, primitive ancient stone tools, native clothing, intricate bead work, basketry, pottery and more. The museum is home to an incredible fire opal arrowhead – found in the Black Rock Desert in 1910.

The collections on display give the visitor a suggestion of the richness and variety of societies no longer here and they illustrate how creative and adaptive the native people were. The artifacts give you a feel for what it must have been like for the early Native Americans to survive and thrive in southern Oregon, on the Columbia River and up and down the west coast of North and South America. Cultures from the mid-west to the Pacific and from Peru to Alaska are represented.

The Cougar Mountain Cave” display parallels the finds of Dr. Luther Cressman who wrote “The Sandal and the Cave” about the earliest finds in Oregon. Anasazi pottery from the Tonto Basin, numerous baskets representing tribes of the West, and artifacts from the ancient Chumash of the Santa Barbara region are just of a few of the collections that visitors enjoy.

Among the ancient artifacts, you will find original paintings by many famous western artists, including the original oil “The Scouts” by Charles M. Russell. You will also find original paintings by John Clymer, Frank McCarthy and many more, who tell in their own artistic style, the story of the west. The displays represent a significant roll call of the Cowboy Artists of America.

Today the museum is run by a non-profit foundation.