Just east of Willamette University , a complex of historic buildings along an old millstream make up the Mission Mill Museum (1313 SE Mill St., 503/585-7012, www.missionmill.com , 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat., $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 youth 6–17). Its centerpiece is the reconstructed Thomas Kay Woolen Mill. The oldest frame house in the Northwest and water turbines converting fleece into wool fabric are interesting, and the local fiber arts guild uses the building for classes.
Several historic homes, including the Jason Lee House and Parsonage, have been moved to this site. The Jason Lee houses, along with the Boon Home, were part of a Methodist mission to the Native Americans. However, those with limited time might prefer to come here just to obtain brochures about the Salem  area at the reception area in front.
The Marion County Historical Society Museum (503/364-2128, noon–4 p.m. Tues.–Sat.) is also here, with exhibits on Kalapuyan Indian culture.
To get to Mission Mill Museum from I-5, exit at Route 22, go west on Mission Street for 2 miles to the 13th Street overpass, turn north onto 12th Street, and go west on Mill Street. If you arrive by Amtrak, Mission Mill is within walking distance.