The Oregon Vortex and House of Mystery is one of Oregon's coolest examples of roadside Americana. Located in an old gold assay office in beautiful Gold Hill, Oregon Vortex is a strange place where logic and the laws of perspective are reversed. A spherical force field, above and below ground, Oregon Vortex is a natural phenomenon - visual and perceptual – that creates an optical illusion and a cool height anomaly. When you stand in the circle of the vortex, you incline toward magnetic north. If another person on a level platform recedes from you towards magnetic south, they appear taller and when they approach you towards magnetic north, they become shorter. Hundreds of years ago, the Native Americans called it the "Forbidden Ground".
March, April, May, September, October - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
June, July, August - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Adults: $9.75; Seniors: $8.75; Kids: $7. Kids under 5 are free.
House of Mystery
The Oregon Vortex offers pre-arranged group tours for 15 or more people. A tour guide will lead you through the Oregon Vortex and explain the natural phenomena, its science and its history. Groups will receive a 15% discount off admission. Groups will need to schedule tours at least 2 weeks in advance to take advantage of the group discount. The tour will start almost immediately after admission has been paid.
Check out the Curious Shop with Oregon Vortex souvenirs, logo t-shirts and apparel, and a variety of scientific toys and books, historic gold and mining maps, dishes and mugs, House of Mystery products, and copper pipes and magnets, favorite demonstration items seen at the Vortex.
Is this attraction good for kids?
Kids absolutely love the Oregon Vortex, as they are in awe with the tilted house and trees. The Curious Shop offers t-shirts and toys that teach kids about science and magnetic force fields. Your family should wear comfortable shoes since the attraction slants and slopes that may feel strange and paranormal.
How long is the tour?
Its takes 45 minutes to an hour to tour the Oregon Vortex and the House of Mystery. You should give yourself an extra half hour to take photographs, explore the area, and browse the fascinating gift shop for cool souvenirs.