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
(503) 644-0161
contactus@vintagetek.com



Our Charter

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.

The museum and website is dedicated to displaying working Tektronix products which enabled generations of scientists, engineers, and technicians create the future and to the memory of those Tektronix employees that created this legacy.  Our mission is to encourage the next generation of engineers by sharing this knowledge and history and supporting STEM programs in our local community.

The museum operates solely by the support of volunteers, contributions, and modest ebay sales.  The museum does not charge for tours or special events.

VintageTEK org is a 501(c)(3) charity so all donations are 100% tax deductible under section 170 of the IRS code.  We are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the IRS code. Our Federal ID number is available upon request.

We are also registered on Benevity if your company supports workplace giving and matching.  Thank you for your generous consideration



Museum History

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 vintageTEK as a 501(c)(3) charitable, educational and scientific museum.

The Beginning

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.

Present Day

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 including oscilloscope music
  • 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.

Contact us to help support you in the community.