About the Museum

About the Favell Museum …


The Favell Museum is a rare treasure based on a boy’s interest in collecting artifacts from Western heritage. The museum was built to showcase Gene Favell’s private collection and to share it with all who visit. The museum has been expanded to include other personal collections and Western art by many prestigious and well-known artists. Today the museum is run by a non-profit foundation.

A visit to the Favell Museum is a must for anyone who loves the West and enjoys learning about Western art and Native American artifacts. The Favell Family’s philosophy is well summed up in the museum’s theme statement, which is carved in redwood and hangs over the museum entrance.

“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

Over 100,000 Indian artifacts, illustrating the lives of indigenous tribes from around the world are on display. The primary focus is 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 beadwork, basketry, pottery and more. The museum is home to an incredible fire opal arrowhead. Found in the Black Rock Desert in 1910, the opal arrowhead serves as the museum’s centerpiece.

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 American. The collection represents native cultures from the mid-west to the Pacific and from Peru to Alaska.

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, 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 Scout” by Charles M. Russell. You will also find original paintings by Edgar S. Paxson, John Clymer, Joe Beeler 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.