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Aberdeen Historical Museum
111 E 3rd St, Aberdeen WA 98520
The museum uses period furnishings to re-create scenes from the town's pioneer days. Of particular note are photographs, a slide show and a collection of antique firefighting equipment. Summer hours Wednesday through Sunday, 11 to 4, until middle of September. Winter hours are Saturday and Sunday 12 to 4. Admission is by donation.
1305 8th St, Anacortes WA 98221 (360-293-1915)
The museum operates a gallery in the 1909 Carnegie Library building, which includes a Victorian parlor, cannery office, photographs, and period furnishings among its displays of local history. It is open year-round Thursday-Monday from 1:00 to 5:00.
W T Preston Sternwheel Snagboat
Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum
20722 67th Ave NE, Arlington WA 98223 (360-435-7289)
The museum houses and preserves the many artifacts, pictures, memorabilia, and history of Arlington and the surrounding Stillaguamish Valley. These items document the natural, cultural, social, political, economic, and industrial history.
The museum is open on Mondays and Wednesday from 1:00 to 3:00 and by appointment on other days.
3rd and Filmore, Asotin WA 99403 (509-243-4659)
The museum depicts early Western life through American Indian and pioneer artifacts, a salmon river barge, preserved log cabin, pole frame barn, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, working windmill and shepherd's cabin. Tuesday through Friday 10-2, Saturday 10-4, closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is by donation.
Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
215 Ericksen Ave NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 - (206-842-2773) Our semi permanent exhibit "An Island Story" traces the history of the island from the petroglyph found on the island through the mills (once the largest in the world), the fantastic ship building by the Hall Brothers of clipper ships, the steamers who served the island, farming including the famous Marshall strawberries, the second world war with many who served, the exclusion where Bainbridge Island Japanese Americans were taken first from the West Coast, the bridge in 1950 and to the present where we have become a bedroom community with thousands commuting to Seattle each day. A rich and varied fascinating history. Regular special exhibits in the Helen Bucey gallery.
Hours from one to four each day except closed on Tuesdays. Open additionally from 10 to 4 on Saturdays during the summer. Also by appointment. Free First Thursdays! $2.00 adults, $1.50 for children and seniors and under four free.
Daughters of the Pioneer Exhibits
Pioneer Hall, 4526 119th SE, Bellevue WA 98006 (425-746-6305)
Collections of photos of early settlers of Washington State, a small museum including early clothing, utensils, implements, etc. Hours are second Sunday each month from 1-4. Admission is free.
Gorge Heritage Museum
PO Box 394, 202 E Humboldt St, Bingen WA 98605 (509-493-3228)
Black Diamond Historical Museum
PO Box 232, 32627 Railroad Ave at Baker St, Black Diamond WA 98010 (360-886-2142) Located in an 1883 Columbia-Puget Sound Line depot, the museum features exhibits of 19th-century Americana including antique machinery, a Western jail and replicas of a country doctor's office, coal mine entrance, coal car and a caboose. Open Thursday 9-3, Saturday and Sunday 12-3 pm. Call for scheduling of tours.
Semiahmoo County Park
Blaine, WA (206-371-5513)
Located at the entrance to Semiahmoo Spit on the west side of Drayton Harbor. The park contains three 19th century bunkhouses. One houses the Semiahmoo Park Museum, which features a restored Bristol Bay sailboat and exhibits that illustrate local history and explain salmon fishing and canning.
Bothell Historical Museum
PO Box 313, 9919 NE 180th, Bothell WA 98011 (425-486-1889)
The Bothell Historical Museum Society is in its 27th year of operation and in that time, thousands of people have visited the Museum and its turn-of-the-century exhibits. The Society conducts tours of the Hannan House and the 1885 one-room schoolhouse. The Museum is open Sundays 1:00 to 4:00. It is closed Easter, Mother's Day, and the last half of December.
Bremerton Naval Museum
130 Washington Ave, Bremerton WA 98337 (360-479-7447)
The museum illustrates U.S. Naval history with displays of ship models, naval weapons, photographs and memorabilia from naval vessels. Hours are Sunday 1 to 5 and Monday thru Saturday 10 to 5. From Labor Day to Memorial Day, closed Monday. Admission is free.
Kitsap County Historical Museum
Chelan Co. His. Museum & Pioneer Village
PO Box 22, 600 Cottage Ave, Cashmere WA 98815 (509-782-3230)
The museum re-creates the history of the Columbia River Indians before the arrival of the first pioneers. Its collection of artifacts is considered among the best in the Northwest. Within Pioneer Village are restored pioneer rooms, a replica of the mission building, a blacksmith shop, hotel, school, gold mine, saloon, grocery store, doctor's and dentist's offices, three pioneer homes and an assay office. A working water wheel is on the bank of the Wenatchee River.
Castle Rock Exhibit Hall
147 Front Ave, Castle Rock WA 98611 (360-274-6603)
Featuring exhibits that convey the impact of the Mount St Helens eruptions on the area. Recordings offer oral histories from eyewitnesses. Other exhibits include logging equipment and historical photographs. Open 9 to 6 daily. Admission is free, donations accepted. Sponsored by Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce.
There are three galleries in the exhibit hall. The River Gallery focuses on the Cowlitz River, its historic and current meaning to Castle Rock residents.
The Mountain Gallery relates the importance of Mount St Helens and its role in local recreation and timber production. Our Town Gallery dramatizes the impact of the eruption on the town and its residents.
Wahkiakum County Historical Museum
PO Box 541, 65 River St, Cathlamet WA 98612 (360-795-3954)
The museum has displays from the county, including farm implements, artifacts from various Northwest Indian tribes, guns and logging equipment. The Wahkiakum County Historical Society was founded in 1954 in an effort to preserve important collections of our county's history. Our county has a colorful past reflected in "The Winning of the West".
Cottage Grove Museum
599 NW Front St, Chehalis WA 98532 (360-748-0831)
The museum is located in the former 1912 Burlington Northern Depot. Among the displays are a blacksmith shop, saw-filing shop, general store, pioneer kitchen, Chehalis Indian artifacts, firefighting equipment and logging and farming tools. There is also an extensive research library focusing on Lewis County History.
Lake Chelan Museum
PO Box 1948, 204 E Woodin Ave at Emerson St, Chelan WA 98816 (509-682-5644) The museum displays natural and historical items relating the American Indian culture and pioneer life. Of interest is a large collection of apple box labels.
PO Box 271, 501 Third St E, Chewelah WA 99109 (509-935-6091)
PO Box 11, 302 W Third St, Cle Elum WA 98922 (509-674-5702)
The house was built in 1914 by Mr. Carpenter, who founded the Key Bank in downtown Cle Elum. The museum features some of the old furniture and furnishings, Tiffany lamps, etched light bulbs. The hours are 12 to 4 on Saturday and Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is $3.
Cle Elum Historical Telephone Museum
PO Box 67, Colfax WA 99111 (509-332-5752)
Whitman County Historical Society. Open Thursdays and Sundays 1:00-4:00 May thru September. Donations accepted.
Keller Heritage Center
PO Box 25, 700 N Wynne St, Colville WA 99114 (509-684-5968)
"Lockwood" was the name originally given to the estate by its builder and owner, J.H. Young, who built the house for his bride. The home was built during the summer and fall of 1910. Within a year, the house was partially destroyed by fire. Reconstruction was started in 1911 by the man who had originally built the house. The Youngs moved back into their refurbished home in April, 1912. Later, after Mr Young's death and his widow's remarriage to a Mr Keller, the house became known as the Keller House. The interior of the house has not been altered since 1912. The Keller House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It has been operated as a museum since 1976.
Keller Historical Park
Dennis York Historical Museum
316 S "J" St., Cosmopolis WA 98537
Fort Spokane Museum
1008 Crest Dr, Coulee Dam WA 99116 (509-633-9332)
National Park Service. Fort Spokane is located at the confluence of the Spokane and Columbia rivers. The rivers have been flooded by Franklin D Roosevelt Lake.
Island County Historical Museum
PO Box 305, 908 NW Alexander St, Coupeville WA 98239 (360-678-3310)
Located at the foot of Coupeville Wharf, the museum has displays depicting the culture of the Skagit Indians and other tribes of northern Puget Sound, maritime and agricultural history, and pioneer lifestyles. "Waterways to Highways" will be displayed for the next three years. Summer hrs are 10:00-5:00 Daily,Winter hrs are Friday thru Monday 11:00-4:00 Admission rates are $2.00 General,$1.50 Seniors and Servicemen,$1.00 Children 12 & under,$4.50 Family rates
Lincoln County Historical Museum
PO Box 585, Park and 7th St, Davenport WA 99122 (509-725-6711)
The Museum contains Colville and Spokane Indian artifacts, photographs and old farm machinery, as well as pioneer funiture, clothing and tools. The Museum is open May 1-September 30,Monday thru Saturday 9:00-5:00. During the months June,July,August they are open on Sundays 1:00-4:00. The tours are by appointment only and the numbers to call are 509-725-2603 or 509-725-7631.
Du Pont Historical Museum
PO Box 173, 207 Barksdale, DuPont WA 98327 (253-964-8121)
In 1906, the DuPont Company bought the nearly five acres of land on which the Hudson's Bay Company had built Fort Nisqually. DuPont built an explosives plant on the site. Permanent housing for employees was started in 1909 and a "company town" was constructed. The building that houses the DuPont Museum ws formerly the butcher shop and later became the town's city hall. The museum will fascinate the visitor with its many books, records, and artifacts from the DuPont Company era, including such items as wooden shovels (spark proof) used at the plant, the machine that packed powder into dynamite sticks, and a display of how dynamite was manufactured. The museum is open on Sunday from 1 to 4. Admission is free.
Orcas Island Historical Museum
PO Box 134, Eastsound WA 98245 (360-376-4849)
Located in the village of Eastsound, the museum contains Lummi and Sammish Indian Artifacts, pioneer relics and documents contained in six homestead cabins built in the early 1880's. Hours are Monday thru Saturday 1:00-4:00 pm.
Pioneer Family Museum
7716 Ohop Valley Road, Eatonville WA 98328 (360-832-6300). Pioneer Farm Tour. This 1-1/2 hour "hands on" living history guided tour provides the opportunity to experience life on an 1880's pioneer homestead, including an authentic pioneer cabin, activity cabin, barn, blacksmith shop, and woodworking shop. Native American Seasons Tours Discover how and why Native Americans lived in harmony with nature. Visit the woodlands where spring and summer gathering occurred. Summer only. Ohop Trading Post Our gift shop is an 1887 cabin built when Washington was still a territory. Items for sale include old fashioned candies, bevarages, rabbit furs, books, and bonnets. Call for hours. Closed Thanksgiving through February. Located between Hwy 161 and Hwy 7, 3 miles north of Eatonville.
Pioneer Farm Museum
118 5th Ave N, Edmonds WA 98020 (425-774-0900)
The 1910 Carnegie Library houses the office of the Society, and preserves, interprets, and exhibits artifacts relating to the history of Edmonds and South Snohomish County. The Historical Society is fortunate in having a building well suited as a museum showplace. In 1910, a grant from the Carnegie Foundation enabled the city to erect a beautiful brick and stone building, which served as both library on the upper floor, and as City Hall on the bottom floor. At present, the ground floor consists of the permanent exhibit conceived to mark the centennial of Edmonds' incorporation in 1990.
Kittitas County Historical Museum
114 E 3rd St., Ellensburg WA 98926 (509-925-3778)
The museum is located in the 1889 Cadwell building, which has unusual horseshoe-shaped windows. Among the exhibits are Kittitas Indian artifacts and pioneer tools and articles as well as a display of petrified wood, the Rollinger Rock and Mineral Collection and gem-quality stones.
Grant County Hist. Museum and Village
742 N Basin St., Ephrata WA 98823 (509-754-3334)
A wonderful collection of old pictures, tools, farm equipment, rocks, Wanapum and Sinkiuse Indian artifacts, cowboy paraphernalia, clothing, documents and household funishings from the homestead era. Exhibits are arranged chronologically from
pre-historic times to the start of the Columbia Basin project. Part of the museum is a 29-building village comprising authentic and reconstructed units. Included are a saloon, dress shop, bank, school, printing office, barber shop, blacksmith shop, and livery stable. Hours are Monday to Saturday 10 to 5 except closed Wednesday, Sunday 1-4. Admission is $2 adults, $1.50 6-15 and free five and under.
2915 Hewitt Ave., Everett WA 98201 (425-259-8849) Housed in one of Everett's oldest commercial buildings, built in 1906, the museum depicts local history with a series of thematic dioramas, artifacts and photographs.
Snohomish Co. Museum & Historical Assoc.
Fairchild Heritage Museum
100 E Bong St., Fairchild AFB WA 99011 (509-247-2100)
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 2. Closed Holidays.
E 300 Main St., Fairfield WA 99012 (509-283-2193)
Forks Timber Museum
US 101, Forks WA 98331 (360-374-9663)
The museum has a variety of items from the late 1800s. Displays include a pioneer kitchen, farm equipment, vintage newspapers and photographs. Logging equipment and a fire lookout tower document Forks' role as an important logging community.
Admission is by donation. Hours are 10-4 seven days a week. Open from mid-April through the end of October.
Fort Lewis Military Museum
Bldg 4320, PO Box 331001, Fort Lewis WA 98433 (253-967-7206)
The mission of the Fort Lewis Military Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the history of Fort Lewis, the units which served there, and the story of the US Army in the Pacific Northwest. The museum is housed in the old Fort Lewis Inn, originally constructed in 1918 by the Salvation Army and named the Red Shield Inn. It was used as a lodge and social center for soldiers and visitors to the Camp and was situated in a recreation area known as Green Park.
In 1973 the structure became the home of the Fort Lewis Military Museum. It is supported by the Friend of the Fort Lewis Museum, a volunteer organization.
Fox Island Historical Museum
1017 Ninth Avenue, Fox Island WA 98333 (253-549-2239)
The purpose of the Museum is to display artifacts used by people here on the Island to illustrate the changes in life styles through the years. Among them is a display describing the life of Dr. Dixy Lee Ray, former Governor, the largest collection of pulley blocks in the State, and several antique gasoline engines in working order.
San Juan Historical Museum
PO Box 441, Friday Harbor WA 98250 (360-378-3949)
During the summer season (May through September) hours are 1:00-4:00 Thursday through Saturday. Winter hours (October through April) are Tuesday and Thursday 10:00-2:00. Donations accepted.
Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Museum
4218 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor WA 98332 (253-858-6722)
The Museum has exhibitions, family activities, and research room. Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.
Puget Sound Mariner's Museum
Gold Bar Museum & Historical Society
Gold Bar, WA
City, logging, and Great Northern Rail history.
Klickitat County Historical Museum
PO Box 86, 127 W Broadway, Goldendale WA 98620. Phone (509-773-4303) When you first enter the museum you might at first think you were in someone's home. The rooms are arranged to convey an idea of what the Presby House might have looked like in the days of W.B. Presby and his family. The museum is open April 1-November 1, 9:00-5:00 Daily and also open First Sunday of December for lighting of Christmas lights. Admission rates are $3.00 general; children 12 and under $1.00; under 6 free. Off season is by appointment only. Student groups are $1/person including adults. There must be one adult chaperone with each group of students.
Maryhill Museum of Art
Ray E Powell Museum
313 S Division, Grandview WA 98930 (509-882-2070)
Granite Falls Historical Museum
Granite Falls WA (360-691-7395)
Mining, logging, railroad, social and business history.
Arnold Polson Park and Museum
PO Box 432, 1611 Riverside Ave., Hoquiam WA 98550 (360-533-2005)
Polson Park & Museum Historical Society. The 26-room mansion belonged to lumber entrepreneur Arnold Polson. The museum provides a pictorial history of Grays Harbor communities, as well as special exhibits throughout the year. A rose garden and a 1910 Shay Three-Spot locomotive are displayed in the park.
Ilwaco Heritage Museum
115 SE Lake St., Ilwaco WA 98624 (360-642-3446) The museum depicts frontier life in southwest Washington. Exhibits include Chinook Indian and pioneer artifacts and displays highlight the fishing, logging and cranberry industries. Also featured are a diorama of shipwrecks, photographs of shipwrecks that have occurred off Cape Disappointment, a gallery of Western and American Indian art, and a diorama of the Long Beach Peninsula with a working replica of the narrow-gauge railroad. Summer hours are 9:00 to 5:00, Monday to Saturday, and noon to 4:00 on Sunday. Winter hours are Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 4:00, closed on Sunday.
Pickett Index Interpretive Museum
5th and Avenue A, Index WA (360-793-1534)
Mining, quarrying, logging, and the area's natural disasters are featured. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Gilman Town Hall Museum
165 SE Andrews St., Issaquah WA 98027 (360-3500)
Cowlitz County Historical Museum
405 Allen St., Kelso WA 98626 (360-577-3119)
The Museum recounts the history of the area in its reproductions of pioneer rooms and a general store. The main gallery contains the exhibit "Cowlitz Corridor: Footpath to Freeway," portraying settlement and transportation from the period prior to European settlement to the present. Other exhibits include portions of a loggers' bunkhouse, a railroad depot, a 1925 Model "T" truck, a reassembled log cabin with period furnishings, a Cowlitz Indian canoe and other Cowlitz artifacts. One gallery is devoted to temporary exhibits. Museum hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 to 5:00. Open Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00. Closed Monday. Visit our website at http://www.cowlitzcounty.org/museum
East Benton County Historical Museum
205 Keewaydin Dr., Kennewick WA 99336(509-582-7704) The museum contains historical photographs and displays illustrating the area's beginnings in agriculture, business and education. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 4. Admission is free.
Naval Undersea Museum
610 Dowell St., Keyport WA 98345 (360-396-4148) You are invited to visit the ocean world and dive into the science of the undersea without getting wet. The Naval Undersea Museum combines marine science, naval history, and undersea technology to crate an exciting and motivating experience. Here are some examples: The torpedo that was lost by the Germans but used to defeat the Japanese. An exhibit that shows how divers used materials like wood and metal in the search for an ideal underwater suit. A coffee cup shrunk to the size of a thimble. The museum is open seven days a week from 10:00 to 4:00 during summer and daily except Tuesdays from 10:00 to 4:00 October-May. Take Hwy 3 to Keyport Exit north of Silverdale and follow signs.
Skagit County Historical Museum
501 S 4th St., La Conner WA 98257 (360-466-3365) The museum displays farm implements, logging equipment, pioneer relics and other items from the early settlement period. Also featured are a model blacksmith shop, a re-created general store, and a farmhouse kitchen, parlor and bedroom. The east wing offers changing special exhibits. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00 to 5:00. Open holidays except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. Admissions is charged. In addition to its top quality exhibits, the Museum offers docent-led tours, educational tours for area schools, evening lectures, and diverse annual Treaty Day Observance events to commemorate the January 1855 signing of the Point Elliott Treaty.
PO Box B, Lacey WA 98503 (360-352-7596)
Lake Stevens Museum
Lake Stevens, WA (425-334-3873) Eye-catching exhibits and photos of the area's history.
Adams County Historical Society Museum
PO Box 526, Lind WA 99341 (509-677-3393) Open by appointment only. Early farm memorabilia, farm implements, furniture, and photographs.
Lopez Island Historical Museum
Corner of Weeks & Washburn Rds, Lopez Island WA 98261(360-468-2049) The museum chronicles pioneer life on the island. Maritime exhibits include reef net boats, a captain's gig, a fish trap and steamboat models. Among the pioneer displays are kitchen utensils, horse-drawn farm machinery and what is believed to be the first car in San Juan County.
Lynden Pioneer Museum
217 W Front St., Lynden WA 98264 (360-354-3675) The museum focuses on early 20th-century life. Indian artifacts. The museum is open year-round, Monday to Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00. It is closed Sunday and holidays. Admission is $2 adults, $1 seniors and students, under 12 free.
Monroe Historical Museum
207 E Main, Monroe WA 98272 (360-794-7056) Assorted photographs and exhibits include Native American pieces.
Chehalis Valley Historical Museum
703 W Pioneer Ave., Montesano WA 98563 (360-249-5800) The museum is housed in a former 1906 church. Historical photographs and early logging equipment document the role of the area's forest product industry. Also displayed are pioneer utensils, toys, books and items from the 1912 high school. Open weekends Saturday and Sunday 12 to 4. Admission is free, donations accepted.
Eastern Lewis County Historical Museum
PO Box 777, Morton WA 98356 (360-496-6844) General historical material from area, located in house furnished with period furniture and old logging equipment. Hours are Thursday to Sunday, 3 to 8. Admission is free.
Adam East Museum and Art Center
PO Box 777, Morton WA 98356 (360-496-6844) The museum contains American Indian artifacts and exhibits that highlight local history. Art exhibits are displayed in the gallery. Hours are 11 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.
Mukilteo Historical Society Museum
304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo WA 98275 (425-355-2144) Located just south of Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo, the museum contains a collection of items from Everett's and Mukilteo's past. Winter hours October through March are Saturday 1:00 to 3:00. April through September, the museum is open 1:00 to 4:00, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. For special tours, call city hall at 206-355-4141.
Mukilteo Maritime-Ferry Museum
Makah Cultural and Research Center
SR 112, Neah Bay WA 98357 (360-645-2711) The center features exhibits pertaining to Makah history and culture, as well as flora, fauna and wilderness habitat and sport fishing. Some items are 500-year-old finds from the Makah's ancestral village of Ozette, which was buried in a catastrophic mudslide.
The Ozette Archeological Collection is the largest pre-contact Northwest Coast Indian collection in the country. Replicas of a 60-foot cedar longhouse and oceangoing canoes are displayed. The museum is open every day during summer months and closed Mondays and Tuesdays from mid-September to the end of May. Hours are 10:00 to 5:00. The museum is supported by a modest admission charge and tax-deductible memberships.
Pend Oreille County Historical Museum
PO Box 1409, Newport WA 99156 (509-447-5388) Open daily 10:00-4:00 May thru September.
Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum
320 Bendego Ave S., North Bend WA 98045 (425-888-3200) The museum contains Snoqualmie Indian artifacts and pioneer memorabilia and furnishings, including a vintage 1910 kitchen and parlor. Highlights include a 28-foot cedar dugout canoe, a farm shed with antique farming equipment and historical photographs. A diorama depicts the beginnings of the logging industry. Tours are available by appointment.
CCC Interpretive Center
The Story of the Civilian Conservation Corps
Oak Harbor, WA (360-355-5578) The center documents the story of the CCC, a program that helped support the newly established state park system in the 1930's by building picnic shelters, residences, restrooms and hiking trails in Washington state parks.
J C Barron Flour Mill
1st & William, Oakesdale WA 99158 (509-285-4652)
Ocean Shores Env. Interpretive Center
1013 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores WA 98569 (360-289-4617) The center features exhibits on the natural and human history of the Olympic Peninsula and Grays Harbor. Displays depict native fish, shellfish, birds, animals, plants and land use concerns.
Odessa Historical Museum
West 4th and Elm, Odessa WA 99159 (509-982-2539) During June-Sept open on Sunday's only 2:00-5:00 by appointment only. Donations accepted.
Okanogan County Historical Museum
1410 Second N., Okanogan WA 98840 (509-422-4272) The museum exhibits items pertaining to local history, including a reproduction of a 19th century. Open daily 10:00-4:00 May thru Septmeber. Winter hrs are by appointment only. Admission 12 Under free,12 over 2.00.
Bigelow House Museum and Neighborhood
918 Glass Ave NE, Olympia WA 98506 (360-753-1215) This ca 1860 Carpenter Gothic-style house overlooking Budd Inlet in South Puget Sound was built by pioneer lawyer Daniel R. Bigelow and his schoolteacher wife Ann Elizabeth White Bigelow. Daniel called for the separation of Washington from the Oregon Territory, he served in the first Washington legislature, and held many other elected offices during his 20 yr public career. The house is one of the oldest wooden homes in the state and remained in the Bigelow family until 1994. It was purchased and restored to its territorial appearance by the Bigelow House Preservation Association in 1995, and is now available for tours. The home is the centerpiece of the Bigelow Neighborhood, which includes many homes built by the Bigelow and White families. A tour map is available.
State Capital Museum
Molson School Museum
Oroville, WA 98844 (509-422-4272) Located a few blocks north of the Old Molson museum, the schoolhouse contains several schoolrooms, a library and displays of various pioneer tools.
Rt 1 Box 101, Palouse WA 99161 (509-878-1309) Whitman County Historical Society. The Newspaper and Printing Museum was set up to preserved older equipment and methods of printing, called letter-press printing. The museum also preserves an extensive collection of early newspapers from throughout Whitman County. The equipment on display, all of which was used by early-day printers, is still operational, although obsolete from the viewpoint of modern offset printing.
Franklin County Historical Museum
305 N Fourth Ave., Pasco WA 99301 (509-547-3714) Located in the former Pasco Carnegie Library Building, the museum presents displays relating to agriculture, railroading, river and air transportation and local history. Also featured are artifacts of the Spokane, Wanapum, Yakima, Umatilla, Nez Perce, Palouse and Waiilattpu Indians. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday 1 to 5 and Saturday 10 to 5. Admission is free but donations are welcomed. THe location is at the corner of Fourth and Bonneville. The Gift Shop offers many gifts and hard-to-find books relating to local history, gifts for children, and many other unique gifts for any occasion.
Garfield County Museum
Pomeroy WA ((509) 843-3925) In May of 1945, $5,000 was deposited in the treasury of the Pioneer Association as a bequest in the will of Mary R. Liggett, a pioneer school teacher of Garfield County. The money was requested to be used to provide a fireproof room or building in which to store records, historical documents, relics, and other property of the Pioneer Association, and for building a museum. Articles in the Museum are donated by people of Garfield County, and exhibits are changed regularly. One of the most popular displays is a license plate collection, provided by Tyler Watson. This collection is only missing one plate, a ceramic plate produced in 1920. Also very popular, the Museum's quilt collection which is changed periodically.
Clallam County Museum
223 E 4th St., Port Angeles WA 98362 (360-417-2364) Located in the old 1914 Clallam County Courthouse. Displays deal with local history, the port and fishing industries, genealogy and Clallam and Makah Indian artifacts. Of special interest are the country store and the works of the four-faced tower clock.The museum is open Monday, 10:00 to 4:00. During June-August, the museum is also open Saturdays. Archives are open by appointment only.
Olympic National Park Visitor Info Ctr
Of Sea and Shore Museum
Rainier & Vista Streets, Port Gamble WA 98364 (360-297-2426) Of Sea and Shores, Inc., is a non-profit corporation which operates the free Museum of Shells and Marine Life in the Country Store building in Port Gamble. The museum contains one of the largest shell collections in the United States. The collection on display in our Museum is the work of Port Gamble native Tom Rice, who is also the Museum's curator. From an interest sparked during beachcombing trips with his grandmother, then school biology projects, the present collection has been built up over nearly forty years. There are nearly 20,000 species of mollusks and several thousand specimens of other marine life. Summer hours (May 15-Sept 15) are 11-4, Tues-Sun. Closed Monday. Same hours in winter but Sat-Sun only.
Log Cabin Museum
416 Sidney, Port Orchard WA 98366 (360-876-3693) The Log Cabin Museum is owned and operated by the Sidney Museum and Arts Associatio, a group of local people dedicated to the preservation of the history and artifacts of the South kitsap area. The museum currently houses changing exhibits of home life in the area during the past 100 years. The cabin is located on its original site, one of the original town of Sidney plots that measure 60 feet in width fronting on Sidney Avenue. The cabin was built in 1914 and after sitting vacant for some years was condemned by the city in 1970. It was scheduled to be burned for practice by the fire dept but was saved by volunteer efforts.
Jefferson County Historical Museum
210 Madison St., Port Townsend WA 98368 (360-385-1003) The museum, located in the 1891 city hall building, exhibits Coast Salish Indian artifacts, military and maritime memorabilia, Victorian furnishings, an unusual bedroom display and 5,000 photographs. Jack London supposedly spent a night in the jail in the basement, which was in use as recently as the 1950's. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 11:00 to 4:00, and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00. Admition rates are $2 per adult and $1 per child.
Benton County Historical Museum
7th & Patterson, Prosser WA 99350 (509-786-3842) Hours are Tue-Sat 10-4 and Sun 1-5. Admission: $2 Adults & $1 Children 18 and under. The museum is over 5000 sq ft with over 20,000 items on display, including Pioneer and American Indian artifacts, a natural history diorama, Edison phonographs, a cut glass and porcelain collection and reconstructions of a Victorian parlor and an early homestead. The parlor has 40 feet of gowns from 1843 - 1920's elegantly displayed on mannequins behind glass, plus 40 feet of hats. An 1867 Chickering square grand piano may be played by visitors, unlike most museums which don't allow touching displays. The Farm Room features a furnished homestead shack, parpered with 1900 newpaper. Pictures of Horse Haven and Rattlesnake Hills pioneers and typical farming scenes are displayed on the Farm Room walls. An 1886 Doctors buggy that was used to make house calls has been completely restored and sits in the center of the Farm Room along with dozens of other farm-related items. There are many other items showing early Benton and Prosser counties history.
Western Washington Frontier Museum
2301 - 23rd Ave SE, Puyallup WA 98372
6046 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond WA 98052 (425-885-3684) The Marymoor Museum is housed in the Clise Mansion on the grounds of King County's Marymoor Park in Redmond. Originally built as a hunting lodge for a Seattle businessman, the home now houses a collection of photographs and other objects from the Eastside's history. Hours Tuesday through Thursday, 11 to 4. Sunday, 1 to 5. Admission by donation.
Renton Historical Museum
235 Mill Ave, Renton WA 98055 (425-255-2330) The museum features exhibits that trace the city's growth from a Duwamish Indian encampment through its late-19th-century coal-mining and logging days to its current status as a major manufacturing center. Displays focus on Boeing's Renton plant, pioneer lifestyles and education. The collection includes a 1927 fire engine and a Ford Model A coupe. Hours are Tuesday 9:00-4:00 and Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 1:00-4:00.
Washington State's Museum of Natural History
17th Ave NE and NE 45th St., Seattle WA 98195 (206-543-5590) Open daily 10am-5pm, and Thursdays until 8pm. A suggested donation of $5.50 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2.50 for students. The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition coming June 14 through December 31, 2001. This exhibit documents the tales of survival in expedition history: Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 voyage to the Antarctic.
Coast Guard Museum Northwest
Museum of Flight
Museum of History & Industry
Nordic Heritage Museum
Wing Luke Asian Museum
Museum and Art Center
175 W Cedar, Sequim WA 98382 (360-683-8110)
The Museum features exhibits on natural and human history, farming, Coast Salish Indian and Pioneer life, as well as works by local artists and a display on Dungeness Spit and its lighthouse.
Tribal Cultural Center and Museum
We are a nonprofit museum of the Skamania County Historical Society. The museum was completed in 1995 and comprises of 70 acres including Rock Creek Cove. The 23,000 sq. ft. building has over 11,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space featuring exhibits highlighting the cultural diversity of Gorge inhabitants from the first Native Americans to the Japanese, Chinese and other nationalities who arrived in the 19th century. Other exhibits emphasize the natural history of the area.
Skamania County Museum
It portrays the lifestyle of the Puget
Sound Indians before and after the coming of white settlers. The museum takes
the perspective of Chief Seattle and his descendants, the Suquamish People,
who have inhabited the Puget Sound region for over 15,000 years.
Lt Harold Bromley attempted a nonstop trans-Pacific
flight from this site in 1929. Pierce County residents donated the field to
the military in 1938. Jimmy Doolittle came here to train crews for his secret
1942 Tokyo bombing raid. Global airlift has originated from McChord's runway
since the postward 1940s.
A diorama representing the state's environmental
zones leads to an area illustrating the American Indian lifestyle, including
exhibits about home-building and food and reed-gathering. Also featured are
such artifacts as baskets, carved masks, tools and clothing.
The building was kept the same as much as possible and now houses the original press use to make the original wood money, along with old logging tools, old quarry tools, and a lot of local artifacts, including a 1930 doctor's office.
Toppenish Historical Museum
Also displayed are an exhibit on the cattle industry, antique firefighting equipment, school memorabilia from 1930-1950 and works by local artists.
Yakama Nation Cultural Center
Featured exhibits include the country's oldest wooden hangar, now the Restoration Hangar, where airplane construction and repairs take place, a Children's Hand-on Activity Center that teaches children about the science of flight, a computer resource center, a theater with four different aviation videos to choose from, a gift shop, and the main display hangar with many antique planes.
The Kirkman House has been on the National Historic
Register since 1975. This Italianate Style mansion contains 12 large rooms and
numerous smaller ones. It is open some weekdays or by appointment. Small
admission fee is charged. The museum is also available for social events and
Also displayed is the Schluenz Rock Collection, which
includes gems, minerals, thundereggs, petrified wood and meteorites. The 73
1/4-pound iron and nickel Waterville Meteorite, discovered in 1917, was the
first recovered in the state.