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Bush's Pasture Park, Salem

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Bush's Pasture Park is a public park and botanical garden in Salem, Oregon, United States. It is also the site of the Asahel Bush House, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, and is now operated as the Bush House Museum.Bush House MuseumThe park and Italianate Victorian house date to 1877-1878 when they were built for Asahel Bush, founder of the Oregon Statesman newspaper and subsequently of the Ladd and Bush Bank. In 1882 Bush added a still-extant conservatory for his daughters, claimed to be the first greenhouse west of the Mississippi River. It is now filled with period plants.Owned by the City of Salem, the house has been open to the public since 1953 and is now operated by the Salem Art Association as the Bush House Museum. The museum features Victorian period furnishings and original wallpapers, and is open for guided tours from Wednesdays through Sundays. There is a small admission fee.Bush Barn Art CenterThe estate's barn that was used to house farm equipment is now the Bush Barn Art Center, which is operated by the Salem Art Association. The Center features two contemporary art exhibition galleries, the A.N. Bush Gallery for exhibits by regional, national and international artists, and the smaller Focus Gallery for local artists. There is also a crafts gallery with consigned works for sale. Admission is free.
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  • A few local residents of Salem told us this park was their favorite and we soon found out why. It's specialty is families; there is a running track for competitions, fields for sports, tables for picn...  more »
  • this is a do what you want type park. It has a beautiful rose garden area cared for by local rose "experts" I will call them (not sure if even paid,maybe volunteers, but do a great job trimming etc.)....  more »
  • I spend much time in Bush's Pasture Park. It is a great place just to walk, to see the rose garden, the late1800's Bush Mansion, the trees and happy people having picnics. If you are in Salem, this pa...  more »
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  • Beautiful park in the center of Salem. Walking , running trails two playgrounds and a sports field. On top of that throw in tennis courts and a soap box derby track. Bush house is located in the park a beautiful historic mansion. There are many yearly events hosted there but a nice walk around the park is well worth the effort. There are oak groves and open pasture areas to enjoy.
  • Salem's downtown city park. Very quiet and walkable. Nice rose garden, kids park, track, tennis court, a few tables, and public restrooms too. The park is dominated by The Bush House Museum, a gorgeous 19th century building with lots of interesting furnishings. They have different admission fee discounts so don't forget to ask!
  • This park is large and beautiful. You can visit every day of the week and se something new every time. It's a great place to go for a stroll or for an afternoon picnic.
  • Dogs off leash make for a frustrating visit. Homeless an issue . Saw people drinking booze here too. Wondering why there isint more security to ticket law breakers. Dog poop on trails too. NOT A GOOD IMPRESSION FOR TOURISTS VISITING THE STATE CAPITOL. So ashamed of the lack of common courtesy shared by park users and dissatisfied with security . Very nice park thou other than my complaints. Great for feeding squirrels as long as no unleashed dogs scare them off.
  • Beautiful park. Takes a while to walk around, great place to spend a few hours outside. Very clean park, never any problems. We love coming here.