• The Goonies
  • Swordfish
  • Free Willy
  • Feast of Love
  • Pay It Forward
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Short Circuit
  • Animal House
  • The Hunted
  • The Shining
  • The Postman

Oregon Film Museum

The Oregon Film Museum celebrates the art and legacy of film and television production in Oregon.

The list of film, television, and other media productions in Oregon is stunningly long and impressive: Animal House, The Shining, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Twilight, Rooster Cogburn, Stand By Me, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Drugstore Cowboy, Maverick, Men of Honor, Paint Your Wagon, Pay It Forward, The Postman, The General, Indian Fighter, Portlandia, Grimm, Leverage, The Librarians, Coraline, and ParaNorman, to name a few. In fact, there are more than 400 major productions that Oregon provided the backdrop for.

Why does Oregon play host to so many productions? Our unique landscapes allow media-makers to use Oregon as a backdrop for just about anywhere. We’ve got the high desert, mountains, rivers, forests, cityscapes, small towns, and even beaches and the ocean. Oregon has passed itself off as California, Georgia, South Pacific Islands, and dozens of other places.

So how did Astoria and Clatsop County end up with the Oregon Film Museum? While there have been many more productions made in Portland and along the I-5 corridor, Clatsop County owns bragging rights to some of the most iconic films: Benji The Hunted, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Wendy and Lucy, Roaring Timber, Ring of Fire, Kindergarten Cop, Come See The Paradise, Free Willy, The Great Race, Short Circuit, and The Goonies. The television shows Route 66, Movin’ On, and Dexter filmed here. And, of course, our film history, both locally and for the entire state, started with The Fisherman’s Bride in 1909. A production of the Selig Polyscope Company, The Fisherman’s Bride is the first scripted commercial film made in Oregon.

Housed in the old Clatsop County Jail, a working jail from 1914 through 1976, the museum continues the building’s legacy as an actual working set for three movies: The Goonies, Short Circuit, and Come See The Paradise. We invite you to explore the films and production behind making movies in Oregon. Your visit will include the chance to make your own short movie utilizing our sets and green screens.

  • Oct–Apr: 10 AM–4 PM daily
    (last entry at 3:30 PM)

  • May–Sep: 10 AM–5 PM daily
    (last entry at 4:30 PM)
  • Adult $6 | Senior $6 | Youth $2

“You’re no general. You’re not even a good painter.”

The Postman
“Because they might have daddy longlegs and um … dead things, Mikey. DEAD THINGS!”
The Goonies

“You thought that was fast? I thought it was fast.”

Maverick
“Thank you, sir! May I have another?”
Animal House
“Who dropped a whole truckload of fizzies into the swim meet? Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner? Every Halloween, the trees are filled with underwear. Every spring, the toilets explode.”
Animal House
“I don’t enjoy killing, Mr. Smith. I do it because I’m addicted to it.”
Mr. Brooks
“If he tries to shake us down, we kill him. Period. We make it fun, but we kill him! End of story.”
Mr. Brooks
“They confiscated everything, even the stuff we didn’t steal!”
Animal House
“Well, you can’t know. Not until you look at a dumpster. But when you climb into that thing for the first time and you pull those newspapers over you, that’s when you know you’ve messed your life up. Somebody comes along like your son, and gives me a leg up, I’ll take it. Even from a kid, I’ll take it.”
Pay It Forward
“Now we could do it with conventional weapons that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.”
Animal House

“I know you. You’re… famous.”

The Postman

“Tubas are for fat guys with pimples.”

Mr. Holland’s Opus
“I smell ice cream.”
The Goonies
“Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!”
Animal House
“We don’t have to leave the Goondocks!”
The Goonies
“May I have ten thousand marbles, please?”
Animal House

“You’re nothing but a drifter who found a bag of mail.”

The Postman

“I got dragged into this gig kicking and screaming, and now it’s the only thing I want to do.”

Mr. Holland’s Opus
“I feel like I’m babysitting, except I’m not getting paid.”
The Goonies
“I’m a zit. Get it?”
Animal House

“You give out hope like it was candy in your pocket.”

The Postman
“Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”
Animal House

“It’s wet, ain’t it? Drink it!”

The Goonies
“Yeah, but you know what? This one, this one right here. This was my dream, my wish. And it didn’t come true. So I’m taking it back. I’m taking them all back.”
The Goonies

“Lord… whatever I’ve done to p— you off… if you could just get me out of this and somehow let me know what it was I promise to rectify the situation.”

Maverick
“I don’t want to spend my life making a living, Neale. I want to spend my life making a life … A life that makes a difference … A life that is built on love and compassion.”
Conversations With God

“How ’bout me, cookie? You better than me?”

Men of Honor

“Down here, it’s our time. It’s our time down here.”

The Goonies

“Hey, you guys!”

The Goonies

“Almost got hung once myself. Didn’t care for it much.”

Maverick
“First you gotta do the truffle shuffle.”
The Goonies

“Why not? I’d be too frightened. God knows what parts of me you’d steal. I’d wake up with all sorts of things missing.”

Maverick
“You idiot you glued it on upside down.”
The Goonies

“There’s 50 more houses to tear down after yours.”

The Goonies
“Trust your dear old mother boys. Throw ‘er into four-wheel drive and hold on to your hats.”
The Goonies
“Grab a brew. Don’t cost nothin’.”
Animal House
“The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.”
Animal House

“You always want to invest in things people can’t do without. Water and cemeteries… pretty safe bets.”

Mr. Brooks
“What did you ever do to change the world?”
Pay It Forward
“Listen, I’m not joking. This is my job!”
Animal House
“Yeah, I know. You know the next time you people come and drive us off our land I’m gonna find a nice piece of swamp that’s so God-awful, maybe then you’ll leave us the hell alone.”
Maverick
“Seven years of college down the drain.”
Animal House

“We are your symphony Mr. Holland. We are the melodies and the notes of your opus. We are the music of your life.”

Mr. Holland’s Opus

“How about electric guitar? Well, this is a marching band. The extension cord will kill us.”

Mr. Holland’s Opus
“A cool breeze, a softball game, and two women falling in love.”
The Feast of Love
“You guys playing cards?”
Animal House

“Goonies never say die!”

The Goonies
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Mug Shots

While visiting the Oregon Film Museum be sure and take your “mug shot.” You can tell your friends and family you got arrested during your visit to Astoria and Clatsop County! Send us a photo of your mug and maybe we’ll add it to our roll call of prisoners.

Featured Movies Filmed in Oregon