Visitor Center

From time immemorial the winding waters, grasslands and forests of Wallowa have provided a bounty of sustenance. Learn more about the original inhabitants of the Wallowa country and Nez Perce culture today at our downtown visitor center. Explore photos & artifacts, maps and art. A miniature tipi, activities for kids and informative videos offer something for everyone.


A comfortable space for formal & informal discussions, learning & visiting. Curated books, videos, periodicals and tribal newspapers from the region available. Kids books too!


The visitor center is available at a moment's notice for group visits, and although the museum is small, the informative staff will make sure it is a educational outing for learners of all ages. The staff at Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland participates in local programs such as Wallowa Elementary Rendezvous, Wallowa Resources’ Watershed Festival, Chief Joseph Summer Camp and Eastern Oregon University student mentorship. In addition, several times each year, artisans teach native craft skills including basketry, weaving, beading, carving and plant identification. Workshops are usually free of charge.

Native youth camps, seminars, field trips for elders and other groups visiting Wallowa from reservations or elsewhere are encouraged to plan a stop at the visitor center to set the stage for their time in the Nez Perce homeland.

We will also gladly come to your school, business or event in order to further our mission while educating both locals and visitors about the history and people of the Wallowa country. Please contact our office to make arrangements.


Formerly displayed at the Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland Gallery on Main St. in Joseph, these photos were curated and framed as a donation from Rob & Arie Lamb.


Directions From Pendleton:
• Take I-84 East to LaGrande
• Take Exit #261 into LaGrande; turn right onto OR-82
• Follow directions for Wallowa Lake
• Drive 45 miles and into the town of Wallowa
• Turn left onto Storie St and then left again onto E 2nd St.

Directions From Lewiston:
• Take WA-129/OR-3 to Enterprise
• Turn right on OR-82
• Follow OR-82 for 18 miles, through Lostine, to Wallowa
• Turn right onto Storie St and then left onto E 2nd St