Free school group admission any day

We look forward to welcoming your group of students any day that we are regularly open and are pleased to take advance reservations. Upon completion, groups are free to go back through the exhibit at their own pace. The school must ensure a sufficient ratio of chaperones to students, at least 1 chaperone to 10 students, accompanies the group.
Groups of 90 and more arriving at the same time are set up for stations (docent staffed hands-on displays with a 10-minute presentation at each). The four stations may include: storytelling, traditional foods in the Seasonal Round, furs and hides in the Horse Era, beadwork and weaving in the Decline of the Horse section. Please note the following steps toward making your visit successful.
  • School groups must make a reservation in order to obtain free admission as a group. Contact us at 541.429.7700 or to determine the optimum date and time.
  • Groups of 90 or more students are asked to make a reservation at least two weeks in advance of the planned visit date.
  • Free student group admission does not apply to students who are presenting as individual student visitors.


All education groups from schools, colleges, youth groups, scouts, after school programs, home schools, summer programs, etc. are considered school groups for the purpose of admission.   Accompanying chaperones and teachers are admitted at no charge. For a free tour guide for your education groups, advance reservations are required.

Tamástslikt is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday – Saturday. Closed  Sundays & Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. November and April to May are busy school months, so please make your reservation well in advance to obtain the desired date.

COVID 19 NOTE: Lunch space is not available until further notice. You may order take-out lunches in advance from Kinship Cafe to enjoy offsite however. Call 541.429.7702 to place your order. Thank you for your patience. Note:  Public health regulations require that no outside food is brought in to eat at the Kinship Cafe.

Teachers’ advance planning visit

For teachers who wish to make an advance planning trip to Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, you need only identify yourself as an advance planning teacher to the front lobby visitor services staff and you will receive complimentary admission.  And, did you know?  The Museum Store offers a 10% discount to educators who identify themselves as such!

Teacher resources

Click here to download the Tamástslikt bibliography about American Indians of the Columbia Plateau.

If you would like to preview the layout of exhibits, view photos of the permanent exhibit, or take a virtual tour, go to the website of Andre & Associates [Interpretation and Design Ltd] who were the original exhibit preparators of our museum then choose ‘portfolio’, and click on ‘Tamástslikt Cultural Institute’.

To download the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute Teacher Information guide, click here. The brochure provides guidelines for your visit, an exhibit layout, an overview of Tamástslikt offerings, and connections to Oregon social studies benchmarks.

Other Plateau links

  • Confederated Tribes Of The Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) history is available at the Tribe’s website,  The Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes became a confederation on the same reservation.
  • Oregon Is Indian Country was an Oregon Historical Society panel exhibit that completed its travels in 2010. Click here to download the student magazine at Oregon Is Indian Country . It contains student activities and information about all the Tribes of Oregon.
  • To view the Tribes’ aboriginal domain and associated native place names, go to digitalCultures.  The Tribes had names for many locations in eastern Oregon and southeastern Washington in their Sahaptin dialects of Northeast Sahaptin (Walla Walla), Columbia River Sahaptin (Umatilla), and downriver Nez Perce. (NOTE: The linked website is strictly educational in nature and is not meant to represent the official CTUIR GIS map configuration nor the official CTUIR tribal placenames database.)
  • To see examples of stories from many Northwest Tribes, click on Northwest Regional Education Laboratory and open the levels.
  • There are over 2,000 photographs available from the Library of Congress and State of Washington affiliates located here, American Memory.
  • Nez Perce National Historic site– Nez Perce Culture, to learn about the similar Plateau lifeways of our neighbors to the east.