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If you’ve visited us at the temporary Visitors Center lately, or even just passed by, you’ve probably noticed some big changes since our last update! We’re excited to see the steel for the skeleton of the Visitors Center is in place, including the main canopy of the building.

The team is now working quickly to get the external wall panels in place and weatherproofed. These two milestones are huge as it enables internal work to continue in a dry, encapsulated environment which is crucial because as you might know, November in Tillamook equals rain.

44 comments

Molly Pearson

When is the new factory going to be done and ready for visitors?

November 2nd, 2017 at 8:07 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Molly,

The new Visitors Center at the Tillamook Cheese Factory is expected to be completed sometime in the summer of 2018. We don't yet have an exact date because it will largely depend on weather conditions this winter, but we will announce the opening date as soon as we know it.

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

November 3rd, 2017 at 11:52 am

Jim

Do you have an approximate estimate for month of the opening of the new center?

November 14th, 2017 at 4:52 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Jim,

We are hoping the new Visitors Center will be open sometime in July, but much of that will depend on how quickly construction will be able to progress during the winter months with more extreme weather.

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

November 16th, 2017 at 10:20 am

Ryan

Will the old visitor center be open until the new is opened

December 17th, 2017 at 3:29 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Ryan,

We are tearing down and rebuilding our Visitors Center in the same place so unfortunately the old facility is not open, but we do have a temporary facility available in the meantime. It is smaller than usual and because it is not attached to the factory you cannot see cheese being made or packaged, but there are still free cheese samples, an ice cream counter, a retail area, and a display demonstrating what life on a dairy farm is like. You can learn more about our temporary facility here:

https://www.tillamook.com/temp-visitors-center.html

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 18th, 2017 at 10:55 am

milly

What is new in this one.

December 27th, 2017 at 9:03 am

sandy

my husband and I can remember the building of Morning Star II. will it still be a part of the visitors center?

December 28th, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Milly,

This post is from October. At the time this article was posted, the steel frame and canopy had been installed in our new Visitors Center. It's exciting to see progress being made!

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

January 8th, 2018 at 9:35 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Sandy,

Good question! Yes, the Morning Star is still part of the Visitors Center. Fortunately we will not have to move or remove it during construction.

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

January 8th, 2018 at 9:37 am

Samantha K

Have there been any new developments? As far as when the new center will open? Just wondering, I'm out of state and would like to visit when it is finished.

January 12th, 2018 at 1:19 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Samantha,

At this time, we are still expecting our Visitors Center to be complete sometime this summer. The exact reopening date will depend on the weather this winter/spring and how much progress our construction team is able to make. We'll share updates as they become available!

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

January 15th, 2018 at 9:42 am

Julie

I will be making my annual Tillamook trip from las Vegas next month and am wondering if you have any maintenance plans for the cheese curds 2/15-2/21 (completely shut down 3 years ago, so no curds on that trip).

I'll be back in fall to see the new visitors center, but that's an awful long time to go with no curds!

thanks,
Julie

January 15th, 2018 at 11:25 am

Bob Dahlhamer

Where can you buy Mudslide Ice Cream--I live in Hagerstown, Md

January 18th, 2018 at 12:10 pm

Johnna

Hey there! We'd love to visit you on July 3, 2018. Do you have any news on the new facility? Hoping it will be open by July 3rd???

January 18th, 2018 at 7:21 pm

Henrietta

We are excited to visit the new visitors center this summer. What will the main features of the visitor center be? For example, will visitors be able to see the cheese making process and factory?

January 19th, 2018 at 3:45 pm

Mike G

Who was the architect on the new building?

January 21st, 2018 at 11:17 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Julie,

Thanks for stopping by our blog! At this time there is no maintenance work scheduled for those dates, but we'd suggest calling ahead a day or two before you are in Tillamook just to make sure nothing comes up. The best number to call is 503-815-1300. We look forward to seeing you!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

January 23rd, 2018 at 8:36 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Bob,

Thanks for visiting our blog. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but our ice cream unfortunately is not yet available that far east. I'm sorry! We are always working on expanding our distribution and I'll let our Sales team know they have a fan waiting in MD. Thanks again for reaching out.

Sincerely,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

January 23rd, 2018 at 9:07 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Johnna,

Thanks for reaching out! We are still estimating that the new facility will be ready this summer, but we do not yet have an exact date for when it will be open. It will largely depend on weather conditions and the pace of construction. Please keep checking this page for updates: https://www.tillamook.com/cheese-factory/new-visitors-center-updates.html

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

January 23rd, 2018 at 9:09 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Henrietta,

We actually wrote another blog post on all the features our new Visitors Center will have! Here's the link: https://www.tillamook.com/community/blog/exciting-news-tillamook-cheese-factory/

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

January 23rd, 2018 at 9:11 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Mike,

Our new Visitors Center was designed by the award-winning, Seattle-based architecture firm Olson Kundig. We can't wait to see the finished facility and hope you can stop by to check it out too!

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

January 23rd, 2018 at 9:19 am

Tera Matheson

Hi!!! We’re making our yearly family vacation to the Oregon coast in July! Any possibility the new space will be open July 20th ish? I know you don’t have an exact date and it depends on the weather and stuff.... just really hoping it’ll be open. Came last April on our trip and the temp visitors center was nice! But not the whole experience! Our kids look forward to their squeaky cheese every year! (So does everyone then we bring it back for!!)

February 6th, 2018 at 2:51 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Tera,

Thanks for visiting our blog! We are hoping the new center will be open by July 20th, but it is still too early to know for sure. Regardless, we sell our cheese curds in the temporary center so either way you'll still be able to get some curds! Please check our website for any additional updates and we will post the opening date as soon as it is confirmed: https://www.tillamook.com/cheese-factory/new-visitors-center-updates.html

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

February 8th, 2018 at 8:53 am

Beulah

Can we visit and buy some cheese to your store or center.We are planning to visit Oregon next month. I heard lot of stories about your products.

February 10th, 2018 at 9:49 pm

Laura Kincaid

I will be in Oregon in September 2018 and would like to come to your Tillamook Cheese Factory. When will your new place be done. I live in El Cajon, California

Thanks ,
Laura

February 14th, 2018 at 5:04 pm

Patty fisher

So excited for you guys!!! As a life long Tillamook fan I just wanted to say hi and I can’t wait to see the new visitors center!!! Will stop by on my way home to Washington in May then again in September on my way to Arizona for the winter. Best of luck on the rebuild!!! ❤️❤️

February 14th, 2018 at 5:55 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Beulah,

You certainly can purchase cheese at our Visitors Center! All of our products are available for purchase at our temporary facility and will be available at our new Visitors Center as well.

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

February 16th, 2018 at 12:11 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Laura,

Thanks for visiting our blog! We do not have an exact opening date for our new building, but we do expect that it will be finished by September. We look forward to seeing you!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

February 16th, 2018 at 12:15 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Thank you Patty! We appreciate the support and hope you enjoy both our temporary facility and our new building. Safe travels!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

February 16th, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Mary Amandes

will there be a restaurant in the new visitor's center?

February 18th, 2018 at 12:03 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Mary,

Yes! There will be a cafe in our new Visitors Center where you can get meals just as there was in the old building. You can find more details on what to expect at the new Visitors Center here: https://www.tillamook.com/community/blog/exciting-news-tillamook-cheese-factory/

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

February 27th, 2018 at 3:53 pm

Ken Riutta

When will the new cafe/ restaurant be open.? Is there a menu set for it yet?

March 1st, 2018 at 1:41 pm

Shirley Opsal

Family, all grown up, is looking forward to your new Visitors Center. We enjoyed many fun visits to the old facility.

March 1st, 2018 at 5:41 pm

Tammy Frace

Hi! I'm just wondering if there will be a play space for kids inside or outside of the new visitor center. Would love that, as well as my two energetic kids!
Thanks!

March 4th, 2018 at 1:36 am

Ron

Will you have a family restroom? My wife is blind and I need to go in with her.

March 7th, 2018 at 9:01 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Ken,

Thanks for stopping by our blog! The new cafe will be open at the same time as our new Creamery building this summer. We don't yet have an exact opening date, but we will announce it on our website as soon as we know for sure. We are still finalizing the menu, but we will still have sandwich/burger options as well as wood fire pizza and local beer/wine. We hope you can stop by for a meal when our new facility is complete!

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

March 12th, 2018 at 11:55 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Shirley,

We look forward to seeing you for a visit at our new facility!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

March 12th, 2018 at 11:56 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Tammy,

Good question! While there isn't a place exclusively for children to play, our new Creamery will be very kid-friendly, as our previous building was. They can watch cheese being made and packaged, learn about life on the farm, and try free cheese samples. We hope you can stop by for a visit!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

March 12th, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Ron,

Great question! Yes, we will have a family restroom. And for anyone who is traveling with children, we will also have changing tables in both the men's and women's bathrooms.

Thanks for reaching out!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

March 14th, 2018 at 3:44 pm

Jennifer

Do you think the new building will be open Labor Day weekend?

April 4th, 2018 at 6:59 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Jennifer,

The opening date hasn't been confirmed but yes, most likely the new Creamery building for visitors will be open on Labor Day. Feel free to check back in for more updates within the next couple months!

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

April 5th, 2018 at 4:51 pm

jake

do you know when the factory will be finished if not about when will it be open? :D ;I :o ??????????????

April 13th, 2018 at 3:50 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Jake,

We don't have an opening date yet, but we're hoping the new Creamery building will be ready by early July. We'll update this post (and all other Visitors Center posts) as soon as an opening date is confirmed!

Thanks for stopping by our blog,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

April 16th, 2018 at 3:05 pm
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