Old College Hall Museum

Old College Hall was built in 1850 as Pacific’s first university building.

Today, it is one of the oldest educational buildings still in use west of the Mississippi River.

The hall has been moved three times and now stands on the southwest corner of the Forest Grove Campus.

The cupola, or bell tower, has become a symbol of the university’s history, and the old bell still rings to commemorate special events. Students ring the bell one by one during Sign, Shake and Ring (pdf) at the beginning of their academic careers, and again upon graduation. The bell also tolls for each alumnus who dies.

The second floor of Old College Hall has been converted into a museum for the university. Open the first Wednesday of the month from 1 to 4 p.m, and for special events, the museum features a collection of artifacts from the history of the school and the Forest Grove region. Many of the artifacts also have been cataloged online for a virtual tour.