Goat Museum at Fairview Farm

Visit a lively farm in Dalles, Ore., for the only goat museum in the United States.

Fairview Farm Goat Museum exterior, image

Terry and Laurie Carlson built a goat-centric museum at their dairy.

True one-of-a-kind attractions are rare, but in Dallas, Ore.—15 miles west of Salem—you'll find the only museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to goats. Terry and Laurie Carlson run the Fairview Farm Goat Museum in a pint-size building on their Willamette Valley acreage.

Visit the 200-square-foot gallery, open Friday through Sunday in winter, for a glimpse of how humans' relationship with goats has evolved over the past 10,000 years, in settings spanning ancient myths to the White House. (Norse legends say goats pulled Thor's chariot, and Benjamin Harrison once chased a pet goat down Pennsylvania Avenue.) Displays include kidskin opera gloves, horn-rimmed spectacles, and a porcelain doll with mohair curls.

After perusing the micromuseum, visitors can check out Fairview's 60-head herd of friendly goats.

"They're such nice guys," Terry says. "You can't help but like 'em."

Their milk gets made into yogurt, ice cream, cheese, and skyr, a tart spread that tastes great on crackers. The edible items are for sale next door; museum admission is free. (503) 623-4744, fairviewfarmdairy.com.

Photography by Robbie McClaran

This article was first published in November 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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