The vintageTEK museum is open two days a week. Our volunteers will be happy to give you a hands-on tour and walk you through our many exhibits and displays. Come learn about the fascinating history of this company and the many leading edge advancements Tektronix contributed to the industry. The museum restoration engineers will also do repairs on vintage Tektronix products.
Hours of Operation
Thursdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
And we are open by request
Admission is free
We have a conference room for up to 20 and are available to host events. The museum is located on the east side of the Tektronix campus near the intersection of Terman and Karl Braun streets. Some parking is available in front. Additional parking on the east side of the building is accessible from SW Hocken Avenue. Some on-line maps show the address in the wrong location on campus.
13489 SW Karl Braun Drive
Beaverton, OR, 97077
Oregon Registry Number 612515-92
VintageTEK is a fully independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Your donation is a tax-deductible contribution, Federal ID: #27-0442732
vintageTEK is a charitable, educational and scientific museum founded to commemorate the early history of Tektronix, Inc and its role in spawning approximately 300 high technology companies in the 'Silicon Forest' - i.e. the four county, two state metropolitan area of Portland, Oregon.
Our main goal is to share our knowledge and history and to "pique the interest of young people in science and technology and to challenge them to become the technologists of the next decade".
A Tektronix Museum was first proposed in 1952 by Miles Tippery, one of the four founders of Tektronix. According to Miles, there was a brief discussion about obtaining back from customers the first manufactured product of each model for the museum. The discussion was sidetracked by the politics of the day and not discussed further. Fast forward 58 years to 2010. On September 15, 2010, ex-Tek employees Stan Griffiths and Ed Sinclair founded a 501(C)3 charitable, educational and scientific museum to commemorate the history of Tektronix and its role in spawning ~300 high technology companies in the 'Silicon Forest'.
The museum is dedicated to restoring and displaying working Tektronix products which have enabled generations of scientists, engineers, and technicians to do their jobs in advancing technology. It is also dedicated to the memory of those employees and their efforts and insight in creating this legacy.
The mission of the museum is to share our knowledge and history to "pique the interest of children in science and technology".
The museum opened in 2011 on the Beaverton Hillsdale Highway 15 minutes from Tektronix campus thanks to the generosity of Gary Hoselton who provided space for the museum. In the first five years the museum acquired:
- A vast number of restored and operating products representing the breadth and depth of Tektronix in a variety of scientific and technical markets.
- A large number of early photographs of Tektronix and employees.
- Training and demonstration historical films and videos.
- Marketing materials, catalogs, and product manuals.
This collection tells the history of this great company and the impact in the community and technical world. The museum is supported through donations and items sold on our web store. Our restoration engineers are available to repair, restore, or assist with your vintage Tektronix product.
The museum is now on the Tektronix campus in Building 13, the former site of the Ceramics operation. Our new space is larger and includes a classroom which facilitates our community outreach and educational opportunities. We respond to many community and educational requests for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with tours and hands-on demonstrations and our volunteers have supported a number of efforts.
- Grade School `hand-on' science exhibits
- Middle School wave class and lab demonstrations
- Portland MESA (Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement) education and demonstrations
- University of Portland and Portland State University student mentoring
- Innovate Oregon Dayton school student education and mentoring
- Hosting space for lectures for Society of Information Display (SID)
- Elektros employee reunion
The Museum has a collection of instruments in their Instrument Lending Library which provides high quality instruments to students and local individuals for short term need. In addition, the Museum has assembled instrumentation for classes and donations to local institutions.
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