While you are out enjoying and exploring Oregon’s Wine Country stop in at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum outside of McMinnville, home of the Spruce Goose. In March 1990, the current owner of the Spruce Goose, the Disney Corporation, announced that it was closing the exhibit located in Long Beach, Calif. The Aeroclub of Southern California was notified and they immediately began the search for a new home for the Spruce Goose. In 1992, the Evergreen Museum won the bid with a proposal to build a museum around the aircraft and feature it as a central exhibit.
The Evergreen IMAX theater was completed in 2007. Work began on the space museum building in September 2006. As of mid-June, 2008, there are now two main large exhibit centers open to the public, consisting of aviation, where the Spruce Goose acts to anchor the other exhibits, and space flight, in another, matching, new large building. The current center of the space flight exhibit building is occupied by the SR-71 ‘Blackbird’, which originally rested under one wing of the Spruce Goose. Flight simulators for landing the space shuttle, as well as for Gemini capsule docking and the Lunar Excursion Module moon landing, are available for use by visitors now.
Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark, a nonprofit educational Waterpark that includes four waterslides, a wave pool and a children’s museum dedicated to teaching visitors about the power of water is the newest addition to the Evergreen Complex.
With so much to see and do in Oregon’s Willamette Valley Winecountry you’ll need to stay a few days. The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild has many unique accommodation choices in the Valley, some near McMinnville and the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.