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Antique Powerland Museum, Brooks
(4.6/5 based on 30 reviews on the web)
Antique Powerland is a collection of museums and a self-described heritage site for power equipment, such as farm machinery, trucks (lorries), trains, construction equipment, and the engines which power them. It is located in Brooks, Oregon, United States, and is operated by the non-profit Antique Powerland Museum Association. It was initially established by a group of enthusiasts "dedicated to the preservation, restoration and demonstration of steam powered equipment, antique farm machinery and implements."The museum is located on a 62acre parcel of land just off Interstate 5 in Brooks, and has been in operation (in various forms) since the 1970s. Originally, the site was primarily used for "threshing bees", a forerunner to the modern tractor pull, and the remainder of the site committed to farming. With the addition of a truck museum and a railroad museum, the entire grounds were dedicated to exhibits; the current structure of Antique Powerland has been in operation since 1996.Each summer, Antique Powerland presents the Great Oregon Steam-Up, wherein many of the exhibits are fired up and displayed in an operational state. Despite the name, many different types of power equipment are displayed, including steam-powered equipment, diesel-powered equipment, gasoline-powered equipment, and electric-powered equipment.Exhibits and member museumsAntique Powerland is structured as a collection of museums, some indoor and some outdoor, each operating together on the Antique Powerland site. The various museums focus on different types of equipment, and have different exhibits on display. Many of the exhibits are interactive; there are several operating trains on the property which visitors can ride.
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  • The annual "Steam Up" is an event worth seeing! ..but any visit is great..allow at least a whole day..if you like old machinery,this is your Mecca ! See their website.-Just off I-5 north of Salem,Oreg...  more »
  • Happening at the end of July and the beginning of August the Great Oregon Steam-Up brings to life tractors and machines all steam powered. The museum of antique cars, trucks and vintage city street ca...  more »
  • I took my grandsons here for "Steam up" and we had a blast. If you or your family want to learn about the old days and how creative they had to be without computers, then this place is a must see. Abs...  more »
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  • A really wonderful experience. With the expansion and addition of new museums, there is lots to see here. Fun for the whole family. Interesting machines and gear-head stuff to look at. History comes alive. It is a great learning experience for young and old.
  • Went to the oregon steam up and had a great time. There were a large number of old steam and gas engines to look at. Most of them were being run.
  • A true gem. It's a huge collection of beautifully restored old trucks, tractors and other machines, toured around by great volunteers. Try to call and check availability though. Since it's run by volunteers, when we arrived on a Thursday, not everything was open.
  • Had a boy scout camp here. Pretty neat antiques.
  • This place was amazing The kids had so much looking around.