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Historical Museum Guide for Washington

A directory of Historical Museums in Washington, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to Washington state?   A visit to these Washington history museums and historic sites will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.   Visiting a history museum will give you insight into how the early peoples of Washington lived and played.  Some museums have virtual tours and photos online so you can visit and learn about Washington history from the comfort of your arm chair at home.

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Great Hall of Washington History  [History Fun Facts]

Go back in time in Washington with interactive exhibits, theatrical story-telling, and dramatic artifacts some dating back 11,000 years, and learn all about the unique people and places that make up Washington's history, and their impact on the world. An architectural masterpiece, this 106,000 sq. foot museum, designed by Charles Moore and Arthur Anderson, is located at 1911 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma Washington.

Mount St. Helens Visitors Centers  [History Fun Facts]

A great look into the history of the Mount St. Helens area. Several different buildings capture the many different aspects. Castle Rock Exhibit Hall features exhibits put together by residents and survivors of the area. Johnston Ridge Observatory features an incredible view and is named after David Johnston who was in that spot observing the volcano as it erupted. Mount St. Helens Visitor Center covers the geological history, and the Forest Learning Center has a playground, helicopter simulator, and a volcanic eruption chamber. There is also a gift shop, restaurants, and helicopter tours available. Located all along SR 504 at different mile markers along the highway.

Olympic National Park

Glacier capped peaks, pacific ocean beaches and rainforest valleys are just a few of the sights to experience at Olympic National park. The visitors center has historical exhibits about the area, and informative film to watch, and can help you plan your site seeing adventure. Take a hike on one of the trails or sign the kids up for a Junior Ranger experience. Located at 600 East Park Avenue in Port Angeles, WA  

The Oregon Trail

If you're interested in the Oregon Trail, this site offers a ton of information. Archives of books and trail diaries, as well as a list and descriptions about historical sites along the trail. Great for teachers or home schooled children as well as those of you who just simply want to know more.

State Capital Museum

Housed inside the historic Lord Mansion, the museum is focused on the preservation and interpretation of the history and culture of Washington State.  The State Capital Museum features exhibits about Native American history, Olympia as the capital of Washington State.  Two floors of exhibits bring the history of the Olympia area alive.  Located at 211 SW 21st Avenue in Olympia, WA.

Washington State History Museum

The 106,000 square foot Washington State History Museum features interactive exhibits, theatrical storytelling, and dramatic historical artifacts which tell the story of Washington State's unique people and places.  Visitors to the Great Hall of Washington History will ride in a covered wagon, explore a coal mine, take a video trip down the Columbia River and more.  Then on to the History Lab Learning Center where you will find interactive exhibits featuring historical concepts such as Time, Place, Viewpoint, Exploration and Precedent.  Discover History!  Operated by the Washington State Historical Society.  Located at 1911 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma, WA.

Washington State History Research Center

Operated by the Washington State Historical Society, the Research Center provides public access to this research library which serves as the primary repository for the Society's collections of historical artifacts, documents, photographs and materials related to the history of the great state of Washington.  Located at 315 Stadium Way in Tacoma, WA.


Adams County Frank R. Burroughs Home History Museum of Ritzville

This lovely old home built in 1889 was home to Dr. Frank R. Burroughs, one of the first physicians of Ritzville.  Much of the furnishings are original as is the wallpaper and floor coverings.  The Dr's study still contains his medical instruments and records.  Located at 408 Main Street in Ritzville, WA.

NP Railroad Depot Museum of Ritzville

A real life old fashioned train depot built in 1910, which has been remarkably well preserved is located at the corner of Railroad Ave. & Washington St. in Ritzville, WA.

Historic Ritzville


Asotin County Asotin County Museum

The main museum building was built in 1920 and originally used as a funeral parlor by Henry R. Merchant Sr.  Today this building is home to the Asotin County Historical Society and holds thousands of historical artifacts and items related to the history of Asotin County, Washington.  Located on the grounds are a pioneer house, sheepherders cabin, a one-room schoolhouse, a primitive log cabin, a pole barn, blacksmith shop, a Nez Perce tepee and a river barge.  Learn about Native American and Pioneers in the Asotin County area of Washington.  The Museum also has an archives with information about the earliest settlers in Asotin County.  Located at 215 Filmore Street in Asotin, WA. Call 509-243-4659 for appointment.


Benton County

Benton County Historical Museum

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The Benton County Historical features a large collection of antique dresses, quilts, firearms, historical photographs, glassware, furniture and early cameras.  Located in the corner of Prosser City Park on 7th Street in Prosser, WA.

Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science & Technology

[Oral Histories]  [Collections & Exhibits]

The CREHST Museum was created to tell the story of the Columbia Basin and surrounding region.  Focused on the archival and preservation of the region's historical, scientific and technological records, the exhibits and displays in the museum will take visitors from prehistoric to the nuclear age.  Located at 95 Lee Blvd in Richland, WA.

East Benton County Historical Museum

Focused on the history of eastern Benton County, the people and the Indians who once roamed this land, the museum offers many early artifacts.  Along with early farm tools, and local historic items, you will find ancient Indian petroglyphs which were brought here in 1939 from the Columbia River.  Located at 205 Keewaydin Drive facing Keewaydin Park, the oldest park in Kennewick, WA.


Chelan County Cashmere Pioneer Village and Museum

[History]  [Pioneer Village]

A complex of original pioneer structures, provide a glimpse into the life of pioneers in the Chelan County area.  The gift shop features wines from the local wineries.  Located at 600 Cotlets Way in Cashmere, WA.

The Rocky Reach Museum of the Columbia

Experience the West as it really was.  Dramatic displays take you back to the days of early settlers in the West, Native Americans, steam boaters, lumbermen, and railroaders in life sized photos.  Located on the fourth floor of the Rocky Reach Dam powerhouse.

Rocky Reach Visitor Center

Visitors will find a panoramic view of the Rocky Reach Dam and the Columbia River along with interesting information about the dam.  Visit the powerhouse where the Rocky Reach Museum is housed as well.  Located on the west side of the Rocky Reach Dam from Highway 97A.

Upper Valley Museum at Leavenworth


Housed inside the former Lamb-Davis bungalow, the Upper Valley Museum is today known as "River Haus".  Situated on the Barn Beach Reserve, the museum features exhibits related to the history and development of the Upper Valley and the Bavarian Theme Village of Leavenworth.  Located at 347 Division Street in Leavenworth, WA.

Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center

Since 1939, this museum has been in operation, collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history of the people in the Wenatchee Valley region.  Featuring many Native American artifacts, exhibits about Washington's apple industry, pioneer tools, implements and antiques, the museum also offers current works by local artists and native residents.  Located at 127 South Mission in Wenatchee, WA.


Clallam County

Forks Timber Museum

Featuring a glimpse into the timbering industry of Washington, the museum offers exhibits related to logging history dating back to 1870.  Also see the Loggers Memorial located near the museum.

You will find these on the Olympic Peninsula in Forks, WA.

Makah Cultural and Research Center

Historical artifacts that were partially buried nearly 500 years ago that preserve the history and culture of the pre-contact Makah People can be found here. Full size replicas and canoes can be found in the museum and they also have activities such as necklace and basket making. In order to preserve the historical language of the Makah people, they offer language programs. Located at

Museum at the Carnegie

Operated by the Clallam County Historical Society, the museum is housed in the beautifully restored 1919 Carnegie building.  Featured exhibits acquaint visitors with the early settlers of Clallam County. Nearby is the old Lincoln School Complex which today is home to the Clallam County Historical Society's research library and the Genealogy Society Library.  The Museum at the Carnegie is located at 207 S. Lincoln Street in Port Angeles, WA and the Lincoln School Complex is located at 933 W. 9th Street.

Olympic Peninsula Community Museum

An online museum created by the University of Washington provides a wonderful assortment of historical photographs for the armchair visitor.

Sequim Museum & Arts Center

[Exhibits]   [Jamestown S'Kallam]

The museum's primary focus is on the preservation and dissemination of the history of the Sequim area and holds 4 different properties in the Sequim community:

  1. Sequim Museum & Arts Exhibit Center is where the local history exhibits, the Manis mastodon exhibit, the Jamestown S'Klallam Longhouse exhibit and featured art exhibits which change monthly.  Located at 175 W. Cedar Street in Sequim, WA.

  2. Dungeness Schoolhouse is a two story country schoolhouse opened in 1893.  It has been preserved and today offers programs, classes and is available for event rental.  Tours by appointment.  Located at 2781 Towne Road in Sequim, WA.  Call: 360-683-4270.

  3. DeWitt Administration Center houses the MAC administrative offices, the MAC archive and Whatton Research Library.  Staffed by volunteers to help with local history research.  Located at 544 N. Sequim Avenue in Sequim, WA.

  4. Second Chance Consignment Shop is the MAC fund raising shop where you can find all manner of clothing, shoes, bags, hats etc.  Located at 155 W. Cedar Street in Sequim, WA.

Tse-whit-zen Ancient Indian Village

Unearthed in 2003 by the State Department of Transportation, the Jamestown S'Kallam Tribe and archaeologists have uncovered burials, structures and signs of activity dating back at least 2700 years.  The artifacts have been collected and stored until the museum can be built to hold them.


Clark County

Clark County Historical Museum

The Clark County Historical Museum features artifacts and exhibits related to the history of the Clark County, Washington area and the Northwest in general.  Exhibits include Native American history, and in particular woven basketry, Railroad exhibits, history as seen from the perspective of Clark County newspaper reporters, Mount St. Helens, women's rights and many more.  Also housed inside the museum is a Research Library / Archives where many historical documents, photographs, and genealogical materials are available to the researcher of family history.  Located at 1511 Main Street in Vancouver, WA.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site  [Fort Vancouver History & Culture]

Originally, it was the site of The Hudson Bay Company, and was used for fur trading.  Later a military post and known as Columbia Barracks, Fort Vancouver, an outpost created to help with American settlement and the subsequent Indian uprisings.  Archaeological digs of great interest are taking place at the fort and many artifacts have been uncovered.  These include Native American, military and objects related to the occupation of the area by the British Hudson Bay Company.  Begin your visit at the Visitor Center where you will learn background information and go through an orientation film which will make your visit to Fort Vancouver more enjoyable.  Officers Row features 22 fully restored 19th century homes.  These homes are offices and residences.  Many are open to the public including the Marshall House and the 1850 Ulysses S. Grant House, the oldest house on Officers Row.  Located at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd in Vancouver, WA. 

Another place of interest nearby is The McLoughlin House.  The house was home to John McLoughlin, known as the " Father of Oregon."  The home ha been restored and tours are offered.  Located at 713 Center Street in Oregon City, Oregon but tours begin at Barclay House at 719 Center Street.

North Clark Historical Museum

Dora Young Chapel


Housed inside the 1910 Amboy United Brethren Church, the museum is focused on Native American culture, pioneer heritage, and logging - in particular the Yacott Burn.  The lovely historical chapel is available for weddings and receptions as well.  Located at 21416 399th Street in Amboy, WA.

Parker's Landing Historical Park

In 1849 when the first permanent white settler David C. Parker staked his claim amidst Chinook speaking natives he later called it Parkersville, which may very well be the "birthplace" of Washougal.  Enjoy the historical narratives in the kiosks, or venture off onto a nearby trail. There is also a place in the park for picnics and to launch a boat and enjoy the water. Located in Washougal, WA.

Pearson Air Museum

Visitors to the Pearson Air Museum will learn about the inception of aviation and see wild barnstormers, experimental aircraft, WWI, and WWII aircraft housed inside a 1918 hangar.  The museum is located next to the historic Pearson Air Field which is one of the oldest operating airfields in the US.  Part of the Fort Vancouver National Site, the Pearson Air Museum is located at 1115 E. 5th Street in Vancouver, WA.

Pomeroy Living History Farm  

[Photo Gallery]  [History]

Come experience what life was like on a farm in the days without electricity. See an original 1920's log cabin, and working blacksmith shop as well as vegetable and herb gardens. They even offer live reenactments of typical day to day farm life in the twenties performed by its staff and over 100 volunteers. They offer interactive historical field trip programs for students of all ages, where they get to participate in chores that were expected of children their age, such as churning butter or feeding the animals. Also on site is a gift shop and The Carriage House Tea Room. Located at 20902 NE Lucia Falls Rd in Yacolt, WA

Two Rivers Heritage Museum

The museum is devoted to the history of the Camas and Washougal area.  Located across the street from the Pendleton Woolen Mills at 1 16th Street in Washougal, WA.

Washougal Historic Downtown

In Historic downtown Washougal, you can find many homes and building from the mid 1800's that are still standing today, although a few have been restored. See some of the sea captain's homes, or the house of the family who opened the first hotel. Or you can visit some of the restaurants and specialty shops. Located in Historic Downtown Washougal, WA.


Columbia County

Boldman House Museum

Built in 1880 as a home for Joseph and Rosine Wolfstein, the house was saw several owners and was enlarged until it was purchased in 1912 by Steven A. Boldman.  The Boldman family retained possession of the home until 1999.  Today the home is full of original furnishings, antiques and artifacts.  Located at 410 North First Street in Dayton, WA.

Dayton Historic Depot Museum

The oldest surviving train depot in Washington state, it was built in 1881 and today serves a museum.  Located at 222 E. Commercial St. in Dayton, WA.


Cowlitz County

Castle Rock Exhibit Hall and Visitors Center

Features exhibits about the impact of the Mount St. Helens eruption on this area.  Exhibits and displays about logging and Castle Rock history.  Located at 147 Front Avenue in Castle Rock, WA.

Cowlitz County Historical Museum

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The museum is focused on the history of Cowlitz County, Washington and the surrounding area.  Learn about settlers on the frontier and the early Indians of this region.  Located at 405 Allen Street in Kelso, WA.


Douglas County

Douglas County Historical Museum

Featuring items used by Native Americans and pioneers of the late 1800s, the Douglas County Historical Museum is located at 124 W. Walnut in Waterville, WA.


Ferry Lewis Ansorge Hotel Museum

Built in 1903, the Ansorge Hotel still holds many of its original furnishings.  Visitors are welcome to tour the lovely rooms.  Located at the intersection of River Street & Railroad Avenue in Curlew, WA.

Antique Car and Truck Museum

Featuring antique cars, trucks, farm machinery and a blacksmith shop, the museum is located on Highway 21 N. in Curlew, WA.


Ferry County Historical Center and Museum

[Ferris County History]

Housed inside the 1911 residence of Dr. Fred Whittaker, the Ferris County Historical Center and Museum is focused on the history of Ferry County.  Historical artifacts and photographs are on display along with a Native American exhibit.  Also located on the grounds is the 1896 Harry Kaufman Cabin which is known as the oldest surviving structure in Republic, Washington.  Located at 15-2 N. Kean Street in Republic, WA.

Stone Rose Interpretive Center

The Stonerose fossil beds are of extreme interest and lay claim to be 48 million years old.  Visitors may dig for fossils themselves and the interpretive center will identify what you find and how to care for your fossils.  Located at 15-1 North Kean Street in Republic, WA.


Fort Lewis

Fort Lewis Military Museum

MISSION: The Fort Lewis Military Museum collects, preserves and interprets material of historical significance to Fort Lewis and the military units which have served here. The museum also strives to foster an appreciation for the role that the United States Army played in the exploration, settlement and defense of the Pacific Northwest. Located in Fort Lewis, WA


Franklin County

Franklin County Historical Museum

[Historical Photos]  [Exhibits]

Housed inside a 1910 Andrew Carnegie library building, the museum features the history of Franklin County, Washington.  Location is 305 N. 4th Avenue in Pasco, WA.

Washington State Railroads Historical Society Museum

[Historic Railroad Depot Photos]

Has historical information on the first three depot's in Pasco, as well as artifacts and information on the Wellington Disaster in 1910. Caboose whistles and brass air horns can be observed along with historical photos of Pasco, telegraph and the railroad. There is a railroad reference library. Located at 122 North Tacoma Ave in Pasco, WA


Garfield County Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum

Originally begun as a way to teach children about the rich heritage of farming tradition, the museum today holds features farming tools, implements, and other farming equipment dating from the late 1800s into the 1950s.  Exhibits include branding, cattle tools, farm implements, fire trucks / hoses, horses, barbed wire, harnesses and a blacksmith shop.  Located on the Garfield County Fairgrounds at 99 Fairgrounds Road in Pomeroy, Washington.

Garfield County Museum

Featuring historical artifacts related to Garfield County, the museum is located at 708 Columbia Street in Pomeroy, WA.


Grant County

Grant County Historical Museum and Village

The village consists of over 29 buildings including a saloon, bank, schoolhouse, blacksmith sop, livery stable and more.  The museum features displays of Wanapum and Sinkiuse Indian artifacts, cowboying equipment and clothing, and other artifacts from the early settlement of Grant County.  Located at 742 N. Basin Street in Ephrata, WA.


Grays Harbor

Aberdeen Museum of History  [Kurt Cobain's Walking Tour]

Housed in an old 1921 Armory building, the museum offers exhibits ranging from model-Ts to old fire engines.

Chehalis Valley Historical Museum

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Housed in a 1906 church, this museum has historical photographs and logging equipment, as well as pioneer utensils, toys and artifacts from the 1912 high school. Primary focus is on the history of the Chehalis Valley and in particular the area form Oakville to Aberdeen.  Located at 703 W Pioneer Ave. in Montesano WA.

Lake Quinault Museum

[History of Lake Quinault]  [Quinault Indian Nation]

Operated by the Lake Quinault Historical Society, the Lake Quinault Museum is housed inside the old Quinault Post Office.  Exhibits are related to the history of Lake Quinault.  The museum  Located at 354 South Shore Road in Quinault, WA.

McCleary Historical Museum (new link needed)

McCleary Museum - Carnell House on Facebook

Housed inside the 1940 home of John Carnell, the museum is devoted to the history of the city of McCleary, Washington and operated by the McCleary Historical Society.  Located at 314 South 2nd Street in McCleary, WA.

Polson Museum - A National Historic Site

Founded in 1976 the museum is located in the 6,500 sq. foot mansion donated by the Polson Family.  There is a replica of a blacksmith shop that houses historical logging equipment. Steam donkeys that give an insight into the days of Grays Harbor's steam logging. 17 out of the 26 room mansion offer different artifacts and exhibits to enjoy. Located at 1611 Riverside Avenue in Hoquiam, WA.

Westport Maritime Museum

Formerly Westport's Coast Guard Station built in 1939, the building is now home to the Maritime Museum where visitors will learn about the maritime history of Grays Harbor.  The historic Grays Harbor Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Washington is part of the the museum as are two "Whale Houses" with exhibits of sea mammal skeletons.  Located at 2201 Westhaven, WA.


Island County Island County Historical Museum

[Exhibits]  [Whidbey Island History Timeline]

With over 19,000 historical photographs and artifacts, the museum has permanent exhibits as well as exciting and informative temporary events. Come and learn about the Natives of the Pacific Northwest, Whidbey Islands history and sea captains, Island county's extensive military history and the pioneer settlers of 1853. Located at 908 NW Alexander Street in Coupeville, WA


Jefferson County

Fort Flagler State Park

Established in the late 1890s to guard entrance to Puget Sound, Fort Flagler was closed in 1953 and became a state park in 1955.  The park has a military museum devoted to the history of Fort Flagler and the surrounding area.  Many of the military fort historical buildings and gun batteries still remain in the park.  Guided heritage tours are offered.  Located at 10541 Flagler Road in Nordland, WA.

Fort Worden State Park

[Map of Fort Worden]

The 19th century Fort Worden was long ago closed and today is a state park overlooking Puget Sound.  Many historical military fort buildings still remain.  The Coast Artillery Museum has been established to preserve and interpret the coastal artillery history with a special focus on the harbor defense of Puget Sound from the late 1800s until the end of WWII.  Visitors to Fort Worden State Park may also be interested in the Commanding Officer's Quarters.  It features officers living quarters during the Victorian era and the homes have been restored with period furnishings.  Fort Worden State Park is located in the Victorian Seaport of Port Townsend, WA. 

Jefferson Museum of Art and History

Housed inside the 1892 Port Townsend City Hall building, the museum features artifacts and exhibits related to the history of Jefferson County, Port Townsend and it's maritime history.  Located at 540 Water Street across the street from the Pope Marine Park in Port Townsend, WA.  The Jefferson County Historical Society also offers a research center located at 13692 Airport Cutoff Road on Highway 19, just outside of Port Townsend, WA.

The Kelly Art Deco Light Museum

This museum devoted to vintage lighting is actually part of a business for Vintage Hardware and Lighting.  The museum is particularly focused on the years 1928 to 1938, during the years of speak-easys, and gangsters.  Located in The Kelly Building at 2000 Sims Way in Port Townsend, WA.

Point Wilson Lighthouse

Point Wilson Station is in Fort Worden State Park near Port Townsend, WA.

Port Townsend Aero Museum

Featuring a collection of antique and classic aircraft, the museum flies these antique aircraft on a regular basis.  The museum also houses an aviation art collection and glass cases filled with model airplanes.  Located 5 miles south of Port Townsend on the North side of the Jefferson County International Airport.

Quilcene Historical Museum


Focused on the preservation of the history of the area of Quilcene, Washington, the museum features artifacts and exhibits such as Quilcene Pioneers and Settlers, Native Americans (Quil-ceed-o-bish of the Twana Family of Hood Canal), Quilcene Schools, logging, mining, ccc camps, and more..  Located at 151 Columbia Street in Quilcene, WA.

Rothschild House Historical Home Museum  [History]

Located at the corner of Franklin and Taylor Streets, the historic home was built in 1865 for the D. C. H. Rothschild family, owner of Rothschild and Co. Mercantile.  This home was continuously inhabited by the Rothschild family for nearly 100 years, then donated to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.  The home, its furnishings, and even the gardens accurately reflect the culture of Washington state a century ago as they have been left intact.


King County

Ballard Classic Home Tours

The Ballard Historical Society, provides a Walking Tour brochure to help visitors take a self-guided tour of Ballard's historic sites.  The society also features an Old House Tour annually.  Visitors are allowed to tour some of the beautifully preserved and restored homes which were built in Ballard from the 1900s to 1950s. 

Black Diamond Historical Museum

[Photo Gallery]  [History of Black Diamond]

The museum is located in an old 1886 train depot and is operated by the Black Diamond Historical Society.  The mood is complete with a little old red caboose sitting out front on the tracks and an old jailhouse ca 1910 is nearby.  Location is 32627 Railroad Ave in Black Diamond, WA.

Bothell Historical Museum

[Photo Archives]

Operated by the Bothell Historical Society, the museum holds historical artifacts, items, documents, photographs and newspapers related to the history of Bothell, Washington.  Located in the park at Bothell Landing at 9919 NE 180th NE in Bothell, WA.

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture


The Burke museum is focused on the natural and cultural heritage of Washington State.  The museum was founded in 1885 and established in a building on the University of Washington Campus in 1899 as the Washington State Museum.  Located on the campus of the University of Washington at the intersection of 17th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street.

Clise Mansion - Located in Marymoor Park.

A beautiful historic 1900's mansion that is available for rentals. Located at 2430 148th Ave. S.E. in Bellevue, WA

Coast Guard Museum Northwest

The nautical museum features exhibits and displays of nautical items, ship models, Coast Guard memorabilia and over 15,000 photographs dating form the mid 1800s.  Located at 1519 Alaskan Way South in Seattle, WA.

Des Moines Historical Society Museum

[Des Moines History]

Housed inside the historical Odd Fellows Hall, the museum holds historical artifacts, objects and pictures related to the history of the Des Moines area from homesteading days in the 1870s to present day.  Located at 730 South 225th Street in Des Moines, WA.

Dougherty House

[Virtual Tour]

Built in 1888, the Dougherty House is home to the Duvall Historical Society.  The house was originally built near the Snoqualmie River in Cherry Valley.  The house was moved by a team of horses to it's present site in 1910.  The old farmhouse remains as it was in the 19th century.  The Duvall Historical Society has restored the house and furnished it with period items as well as caring for the gardens.  It is open to the public each Sunday afternoon and during special events.  Located at 26526 NE Cherry Valley Road in Duvall, WA.

The Duwamish Longhouse

[Culture and History]

Located near the ancient Duwamish village hah-AH-poos, the Duwamish Longhouse is a a cedar post and beam structure where tribal business is conducted and cultural and educational events are held.  Special events opens the Longhouse to share the cultural and social traditions with visitors.  School tours will provide children with an introduction to the Duwamish Tribe and Salish People.  Located at 4705 W. Marginal Way SW in Seattle, WA.

Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society Museum (Need new link)

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Housed inside the historical 1909 Masonic Hall, the Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society holds a collection of historical artifacts, household items, photographs and documents related to the local history of Enumclaw.  Located at 1837 Marion Street in Enumclaw, WA.

Georgetown Powerplant Museum

This National Historic Landmark was built in 1906 and represents important developments in the early history of electricity and engineering in the United States.  Located at 6511 Ellis Avenue S in Seattle, WA.

Gilman Town Hall Museum

Offers local history exhibits of the Gilman / Issaquah area along with the old 1914 Jail building which still stands in back of the museum. Housed inside the museum is the David J. Horrocks Research Center where you can research the history of early Issaquah families though the photo collection and research files.  Located at 165 SE Andrews Street in Issaquah, WA.

Greek American Historical Museum of Washington Online

This "virtual museum" was designed to tell the history of Greeks in Washington State.  Interviews are being conducted while historical documents, photographs, and artifacts are being collected.  Eventually a physical museum may be used to display the items in the collection.

Highline Heritage Museum

The Highline Historical Society is in the process of opening a beautiful new 14,900 square foot museum.  Presently the collections of the Society is being housed in the former Seattle Christian School and can only be visited by appointment.  Located at 19800 28th Avenue S in SeaTac, WA.

Historical Cabin Park

Two historical cabins are being restored and used to interpret the history of Federal Way, Washington.  The Historical Cabin park is at the entrance to the West Hylebos Wetlands.  Located at 411 South 348th Street in Federal Way, WA.

History House of Greater Seattle

History House is focused on the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history of Seattle's diverse culture.  Exhibits feature pictorial histories of many Seattle neighborhoods including Wallingford, Georgetown, Madison Park, Fremont, Queen Anne and Ballard along with exhibits about the businesses and people who made Seattle.  The gift shop features historical books and tapes about Seattle's neighborhoods as well as local artwork and handicrafts created by community artisans.  Located at 790 N. 34th in Seattle, WA.

Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum

[Photos]  [Restorations]

The only museum in the United States dedicated solely to powerboat racing, the museum preserves and exhibits important artifacts from the sport of hydroplane racing.  Located at 5917 South 196th Street, Kent, WA.

Issaquah Depot Museum

[Depot Rental for Events]

The historical Issaquah Depot is operated by Issaquah History Museums and features docent led guided tours.  Visitors will find several vintage railroad cars on the property along with many exhibits inside the depot.  Located at 150 First Avenue NE in Issaquah, WA.

Kent Historical Museum

[Photo Tour]  [History of Bereiter House]  [History of Kent]

The museum is housed inside the historic Bereiter House.  The museum houses historical artifacts, books, documents, newspapers, and photographs.  Researchers of family history are able to access these resources.  Located at 855 East Smith Street in Kent, WA.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

[History]  [Collections]

[Seattle Photos during Klondike Gold Rush]

[How to find your Gold Rush Ancestor / Relative]

Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!  This was the headline of a Seattle newspaper on July 17, 1897.  It created a stampede to the Yukon gold fields from Seattle.  The park is focused on the history of this event in Seattle.  Start at the Visitor Center at 319 Second Avenue in Seattle, WA.

Last Resort Fire Department Museum on Facebook

Housed inside the Seattle Fire Department Headquarters in Pioneer Square, the fire station holds the Last Resort Fire Department collection which includes eight rigs: an 1834 Hunnesman end-stroke hand pumper; an 1899 American horse-drawn steamer, a 1907 steam pumper and others.  Located at 301 2nd Avenue South in Seattle, WA. 

Log House Museum

[History]  [Exhibits]

This 1904 log building has been authentically restored and features a Pacific Northwest native plant garden.  Visitors will discover and celebrate the history of the Duwamish Peninsula and the Birthplace of Seattle.  Located just one block from Alki Beach at 3003 61st Avenue SW in Seattle, WA.

Maple Valley Historical Society Museums

The Society features 3 museums rolled up into one museum.  The museum are located at 22014 and 22024 SE 248th Street in Maple Valley, WA.  The museums include:

  1. Maple Valley School - Houses the main historical photo collection and the Maple Valley Historical Society.  Features displays focused on the early lives of the residents of the Greater Maple Valley area.

  2. Gibbon-Mezzavilla General Store - The original general store of the greater Maple Valley has been restored.

  3. Fire Engine Museum - Houses a restored 1926 Howard Cooper Fire Engine used by Fire District 43 Volunteers along with displays about the early years of the Fire District.

Meadowbrook Farm


MOHAI Museum of History and Industry   [Historic Photos]

Preserving the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the nation the museum was founded in February of 1952 and over the years has become the largest private heritage organization in Washington. Compelling exhibits, and during Christmas a historical Parade of Ships. Located in McCurdy Park at 2700 24th Ave. E in Seattle, WA

Museum of Communications

Formerly known as The Vintage Telephone Equipment Museum, this museum is focused on the history of the telephone and the central switches that make it all work.  Located at 7000 E. Marginal Way S. in Seattle, WA.

The Museum of Flight

Known as one of the largest air and space museums in the world, their collections include over 150 historical air and space craft as well as the original manufacturing facility (The Red Barn) of the Boeing Company.  Located at 9404 East Marginal Way S in Seattle, WA.

Neely Mansion


This National Landmark was was completed in 1894.  The Neely farm was owned by Aaron Neely who crossed the Oregon Trail with his parents in 1853 to settle in what is known today as Kent, Washington.  The family lived in this house for only a few years and then returned to Auburn.  The house was in terrible disrepair in the 1970s when the Neely Mansion Association was formed and haunted house tours were begun.  The house has been restored and reminds of the many Victorian farmhouses which once dotted this region.  Tours are available.  Located at 12303 Auburn-Black Diamond Road in Auburn, WA.

Nelsen Family Residence

Historical Trust

[History]  [Photo Gallery]

Built in 1905, the Victorian home was built by a Mr. Olsen, a local carpenter for James Nelsen (a homesteader who came from Denmark).  The house was home to the James and Mary Nelsen family.  It was their daughters, Helen and Sidonia who endowed the home to the Nelsen Family Residence Historical Trust to allow future generations to know what it was like to live in Tukwila when hops were king in the White River Valley.  Contact for tour appointment 206-271-6535.  Located at 15643 W. Valley Road in Tukwila, WA.

Nordic Heritage Museum

Visit a museum where history comes alive through vibrant historical exhibits and events. This is the only museum in the Unites States that honors the legacy of immigrants coming from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.  There are concerts, kids programs, crafts and educational classes. Located at 3014 NW 67th Street in Seattle, WA

Northwest African American Museum

Devoted to the culture and history of African Americans of the Northwest United States and their journey through time.  Three galleries feature exhibits related to African Americans of the Northwest who were early pioneers, cultural icons, community leaders and unsung heroes, the museum is located at 2300 South Massachusetts Street in Seattle, WA.

Northwest Railway Museum

Learn how the railway changed Washington and influenced settlement. Explore the restored Snoqualmie Depot and step up to the ticket window where travelers have purchased tickets since 1890. View historical artifacts and exhibits. Visit the Depot Bookstore for a selection of “everything train.” See Mt. Si and Snoqualmie Falls. Founded in 1957, the Northwest Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in Washington State and welcomes over 88,000 visitors each year. The museum operates an interpretive railway program offering antique train excursions through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. The museum’s collection of railway artifacts and equipment is one of the most significant in the United States and includes over 70 examples of locomotives, passenger and freight cars, and specialized railway equipment. The Northwest Railway Museum is located in the Snoqualmie Depot, recognized as the oldest continuously operated train station in Washington State. Located at 38625 SE King Street in Snoqualmie, WA.

Pioneer Hall

The building was erected in 1910 by the Pioneer Association of the State of Washington on the western shoreline of Lake Washington in the area of Seattle known as Madison Park.  This Pioneer Association of the State of Washington focuses on the preservation of the history of territorial days of Washington State and holds large collections of biographical materials, photos, books, recordings, reminiscences and other memorabilia of Pioneer families.  Located at 1642 43rd Avenue East in Seattle, WA.

Pioneer Square

[Map]  [Directory]

Known as the "birthplace of Seattle", the city's first neighborhood features Renaissance Revival architecture.  This historical area of Seattle features museums, shopping, sight seeing, restaurants and fun for everyone but especially tourists.

Queen Anne Historic Residences

Renton History Museum

Devoted to the preservation, collection and display of artifacts, documents, photographs and other items related to the history of Renton, Washington.  Located at 235 Mill Avenue South in Renton, WA.

Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum

Features the history of law enforcement in the northwest frontier and taming Seattle.  Located in historic Pioneer Square at 317 Third Avenue South.

Seattle Veterans Museum

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[Virtual Tour]

The mission of the Seattle Veterans Museum is to honor and thank the Veterans of Seattle and educate the Puget Sound community about the sacrifices they have made for freedom.  The Remembrance Garden, features a beautiful granite wall memorial which lists all Washington State service members killed during wartime since 1940.  Over 225 years of military history are on display in the exhibits.  Located at the corner of 2nd Avenue and University Street in Seattle, WA.

Shoreline Historical Museum  

[Historical Photos]

Housed inside the historical Ronald Elementary School, the museum features historical artifacts, documents and photographs related to the history of the Shoreline area of Washington.  Located at 749 North 175th in Shoreline, WA.

Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum  [Historic Photos]

This is the oldest operating historical museum in King County. The museum was founded in 1939 on the 50th anniversary of Washington's statehood. The mission of the museum is to collect, preserve and present the history of Snoqualmie Valley. Exhibits include early pioneer / logging, Native American and historical events occurring in this region.  The Museum is located at 320 Bendigo Blvd. S. in North Bend in the Gardiner Weeks Memorial Park  in North Bend, WA.

Stimson-Green Mansion

[History]  [Virtual Tour]

The historical Stimson-Green Mansion was completed in 1901 and is boasted to be one of Seattle's most impressive examples of "eclectic architecture".  The Stimsons occupied the home until 1914 and then it was occupied by the Green Family for 60 years.  In 1975. the home was purchased by Historic Seattle and it has been restored.  Today, visitors may tour the mansion and it may be rented for weddings and special events.  Contact 206-524-4918.  Located at 1204 Minor Avenue in Seattle, WA.

Tolt-Carnation Historical Museum

Focused on the history of Tolt / Carnation, the museum holds over 1000 historical items related to that history.  The museum is housed at Carnation Farm located just north of Carnation on the Carnation Farm Road.  Contact for appointment: Isabel Jones at 425-333-4436.

Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center

[Tuckwila Historic Photos]

Located at 14475 59th Avenue S. in Tukwila, WA.

White River Valley Museum and the Mary Olson Farm

[The Olson Farm History]  [White River Valley Museum History]

Devoted to the preservation and dissemination of the history of the South King County area, known by early pioneers as the White River Valley (Auburn, Kent, Algona and Pacific.)  The historical Mary Olson farm allows visitors to experience what life was like on a rural farm at the turn of the century.  The White River Museum is located on the Auburn Community Campus at 918 H Street SE in Auburn, WA.  The Mary Olson Farm is located at 28728 Green River Road in Auburn, WA.

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Focus of the museum is to collect and preserve artifacts, photos, archives and oral histories related to the history, culture and art of the Asian Pacific American community.  Located at 719 South King Street in Seattle, WA.

Woodinville Heritage Museum

[Early Woodinville History]  [History Timeline]

Housed inside a classic Dutch Colonial home which was built in 1931 by the John DeYoung family, the museum is focused on the history of Woodinville.  Located at 14121 NE 171st Street in Woodinville, WA.


Kitsap County

Bainbridge Island Historical Museum

Housed inside a 1908 schoolhouse, the museum features historical artifacts and photographs related to the history of Bainbridge, WA.  Visit at 215 Erickson Avenue on Bainbridge Island in Washington state.

Kitsap County Historical Society Museum

The museum was founded in 1948. Demonstrates how people worked, lived and played from the ice age to present day. Take a stroll through a historic main street, see a stump farm, and learn that bunkhouses do float. Through the artifacts and exhibits at this museum, learn the heritage and history of Kitsap County. Located at 280 Fourth Street in  Bremerton, WA

Port Orchard Log Cabin Museum

Dedicated to the preservation of history and artifacts of the South Kitsap area, it houses changing exhibits of life over the past 100 years. The cabin was built in 1914 by Allen Bartow, a civil war veteran for his wife. Located at 416 Sidney Ave in South Kitsap County.

Puget Sound Navy Museum

[History]  [Exhibits]  [Historic Photos]

The official US Navy Museum features a collection of over 18,000 objects related to the naval history of the region.  Visitors can experience life as a sailor through exhibits about the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the USS John C. Stennis, Special Opperations Submarines and more.  Located at 251 First Street in Bremerton, WA.

Suquamish Museum

[Exhibits and Events]

Opened in 1983, it was the second Native American museum in Washington. Their mission is to collect, protect, educate, and preserve the history and culture of the Puget Sound Salish Tribes with an emphasis on the Suquamish Tribe. There are hundreds and thousands of artifacts and photographic archives.  The new location of the Suquamish Museum is at 6861 NE South Street in Suquamish, WA.


Kittitas County

Carpenter House Museum

The 1914 mansion retains it's original furnishings.  These along with donations by local families make the museum a true example of the past of Cle Elum.  Located at 302 W 3rd Street in Cle Elum, WA.

Cle Elum Historical Telephone Museum

Known as the oldest complete telephone museum west of the Mississippi, the museum features displays covering the history of telephone technology from 1901 to 1970.  Other collections in the museum include coal mine artifacts donated by local miners and memorabilia from Cle Elum State Bank built in 1906 by Frank Carpenter.  Located at 224 East 1st Street in Cle Elum, WA.

Kittitas County Historical Society

This museum is located in the historic Caldwell building known for its unique horseshoe shaped windows which was built in 1889, but the museum took over in 1974. Located at 114 E. 3rd Ave. in Ellensburg, WA

Olmstead Place State Park and Museum

The park features a working pioneer farm where visitors can see and learn what life was like on a pioneer farm through exhibits, historical farm artifacts and living history.  Located off of Ferguson Road just 3 miles west of Kittitas, WA.

Roslyn Museum

The museum features an extensive collection of mining memorabilia and historical photos.  Located at 203 Pennsylvania in Roslyn, WA.

Thorp Mill

[History of Thorp and Thorp Mill]  [Photos]

The North Star Mill has been restored and provides a reminder of days past.  Visitors are able to tour the historical facility.  Located at 11640 N. Thorp Hwy in Thorp, WA.


Klickitat County

Gorge Heritage Museum

[History Bits

The Mission of the Museum and Society is to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge about the history of Western Klickitat County and Eastern Skamania County. Some of the exhibits include a country store which is comprised of thousands of artifacts that have been collected by the museum to give you a feel for what it was like to shop at the local store years ago as well as tools, furnishings and historical photographs. Located at 202 E. Humboldt in Bingen, WA.

Maryhill Museum of Art


Featuring an amazing collection of art ranging from 20th century European works to an extensive Native American collection, the museum is housed in a castle-like chateau overlooking the scenic Columbia River Gorge.  Located at 35 Maryhill Museum Drive in Goldendale, WA.

Presby Museum

The 1902 Presby Mansion was built by Pierce Brothers Carpenters for attorney W. B. Presby.  The mansion is headquarters to the Klickitat County Historical Society who is focused on the collection and preservation of the history of Goldendale and Klickitat County in Washington State.  There are two other buildings with exhibits on the premises.  The "Annex" houses the actual Goldendale Sentinel print shop dating from 1878 along with collections from early Goldendale businesses and the Goldendale Railway Station.  The Carriage / School House holds farm equipment and a reproduction of a one-room school house.  Those interested in family and local history will find a research facility with historical documents, records and family records.  Located at 127 W Broadway in Goldendale, WA.

Twin Bridges Museum

Housed in a room of the old elementary school in Lyle, the collection features historical photographs, newspaper articles, histories, mementos and memorabilia related to the history of the Lyle area.  Housed inside the former Church located at 403 Klickitat Street in Lyle, WA.


Lewis County

Lewis County Historical Museum

Focused on the early pioneers of Lewis County, the museum features artifacts and exhibits of railroad memorabilia, household furnishings, Native American objects, logging exhibits and more.  Located at 599 NW Front Way in Chehalis, WA.

Morton Depot

Built in 1910, the historic train depot is the only remaining structure on the historic Tacoma Eastern, and later known as the Milwaukee Railroad National Park Rail Line.  Operated by the Cowlitz River Valley Historical Society, Morton Depot is located in next door to the Morton Visitor Center at 194 Main Street in Morton, WA.

Veterans Memorial Museum

A museum dedicated to the men and women who served our nation in the Armed Forces, so we might enjoy the freedoms we have today.  Location is 100 SW Veterans Wan in Chehalis, WA.

White Pass Country Museum

Located at 12990 US Highway 12 in Packwood, WA.

Winlock Historical Museum

Operated by the Winlock Historical Society, the museum is focused on the history of Winlock, Washington.  Located at 400 N.E. First Street in Winlock, WA.


Lincoln County

Lincoln County Historical Museum

The museum portrays the evolution of Lincoln County.  Beginning with displays of Indian artifacts, the settlement of Lincoln County by pioneers, the evolution of farming and the impact of the railroad in development in the area.  The Davenport Historical Society features historical documents, photographs and materials related to the history of Lincoln County and makes these available to researchers of family history.  Located 600 7th St in Davenport, WA

Odessa Historisches Museum

The museum features historical items and documents related to the history of the Odessa, Washington.  The museum is a complex of buildings which include the 1916 St. Matthews Congregational Church which has original furnishings and the Big Red Barn which holds historical farm equipment, restored automobiles and artifacts used by pioneer settlers.  The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia hold many materials inside the St. Matthews Congregational Church building. The Church is available for rental for weddings and events. Located at 4th and Elm Street in Odessa, WA.

Wilbur Museum

Housed inside the old Lutheran Church and operated by the Big Bend Historical Society, the museum features a public microfilm machine, newspaper in microfilm, old historical photos, church records an old school room, and house hold items, a farm annex with old farm equipment, cattle brands, cars and wagons.  Focus is on the history of the early pioneers of Almira, Creston and Wilbur.  Located at 505 NW Cole Street in Wilbur, WA.


Mason County

Mason County Historical Museum

Housed inside the 1914 historical library building, the museum features early county history. Collections include early family histories, old newspapers, census, probate, death records and historical photos of Mason County.  Located at 427 W. Railroad Avenue in Shelton, WA.

Squaxin Island Tribe Museum

[Culture & History]

Features historical artifacts and exhibits that tell the history of the Squaxin Island Tribe and South Puget Sound.  Also in the area, is the Library and Research Center.  Located at 150 SE K'WUH-DEEGS-ALTXW in Shelton, WA.


Okanogan County

Conconully Museum

Housed inside the old George Moore home, the museum holds exhibits and artifacts related to the mining heritage and ranching heritage of Conconully, Washington which was once known as Salmon City.  Operated by the Conconully Area Historical Association.  Contact Jean Berney at 826-4308 for more information about the museum located in Conconully, WA.

Okanogan County Historical Museum

Artifacts, dioramas, and photographs tell the history of Okanogan County.  Outside the museum, visitors will find an authentic old log cabin and an Old West town replica.  The Museum is operated by the Okanogan County Historical Society which is headquartered in the Wilson Historical Research Center next door where visitors will also find the Okanogan County Genealogical Society.  Located adjacent to Legion Park at 1410 2nd Avenue N. in Okanogan, WA.

Old Molson Historical Museum, School Museum & Ghost Town


Molson was once a boom town started in 1900 by George B. Meacham and John W. Molson, and operated the larges brewing company in Canada. There are three town sites: Old Molson, New Molson and Central Molson. Take a walk through the old red brick school museum, or visit the saloon, banks and law offices and other buildings that once made up the thriving town of Old Molson.  Located on Business Alternate Highway 97 which connects the downtown districts of Okanogan and Omak.

Old Oroville Depot Museum

Focused on local railroad history, the museum features local history exhibits and information about the early settlement of the area.  Located in Oroville, WA.

Shafer Museum at Winthrop


The museum includes the Guy Waring historic log cabin, a stamp mill, a general store, a schoolhouse and mining equipment.  Exhibits include both historic artifacts and photographs.  During the summertime, programs are presented on the stage nearby.  Located at 285 Castle Avenue in Winthrop, WA.


Pacific County

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Previously known as Ilwaco Heritage Museum, this museum depicts frontier life in southwest Washington with artifacts from the Chinook Indians and pioneers and displays demonstrating the fishing, logging, and cranberry industries. Take a look at the shipwreck dioramas, or the working replica of the narrow-gauge railroad. Located at 115 SE Lake St. in Ilwaco, WA

Fort Columbia State Park

Fort Columbia State Park features several original buildings of the coastal defense fort known as Fort Columbia which was in operation from 1896 through WWII.  Hikers will find a series of trails amidst Scarborough Hill.  The Fort Columbia Commanding Officers Quarters is open for tours and is fully furnished in the style it would have been when Fort Columbia was in operation.  Located just outside of Chinook, WA.

Northwest Carriage Museum

[History]  [Virtual Tour of the Collection]

Features a collection of 19th century carriages, wagons, buggys and historical artifacts.  Located at 314 Alder Street in Raymond, WA.

Pacific County Historical Museum & Genealogy Society 

[Tour the Exhibits]

The museum is an educational institution that has been in operation since 1970. The collection includes more than 10,000 photographic images, 1,500 historical artifacts, and 500 lineal feet of archival records. There are permanent and temporary displays set up to demonstrate history relevant to Pacific County. Located at 1008 West Robert Bush Drive, in South Bend, WA

Pend Oreille County

Tiger Historical Center Museum

Built in 1912, this general store was once part of the busy town of Tiger, Washington.  The only remaining building now, it is operated by the Tiger Historical Center as a museum and features photographs and artifacts related to the history of this town which has faded into history.  Located at the crossroads of SR 20 and SR 31 about 86 miles north of Spokane, WA.

Pend Oreille County Museum

Operated by the Pend Oreille County Historical Society, the museum is actually a complex of buildings which include the historic 1908 depot building, the Stuart B. Bradley Memorial Building, and 3 log cabins.  Located at 402 S. Washington Avenue in Newport, WA.


Pierce County

Buffalo Soldiers Museum

Focused on the preservation, and education about the the history of America's Buffalo Soldiers from 1866 to 1945, the museum is located at 1940 S. Wilkeson Street in Tacoma, WA.

Camp 6 Logging History Museum {{{Museum has Closed}}}

The museum is focused on the preservation and presentation of Washington State's logging history.  Featuring the Steam Era of Logging through photographs, artifacts, logging equipment and paintings, visitors will experience what life was like in a Washington logging camp in the days of yesteryear.  Logging train rides are also available.  Located inside Point Defiance Park at 5400 N. Pearl Street in Tacoma, WA.

Dupont Historical Museum

Mission Statement: The DuPont Historical Society’s mission is to preserve, interpret and promote the historical heritage of the City of DuPont and surrounding areas for present and future generations.207 Barksdale Avenue in Dupont, WA.

Fife History Museum

[Photo Gallery]

Housed in the former home of Louis Dacca, a member of the original Fife City Council, the museum features rotating exhibits related to the culture and heritage of the city of Fife.  The Dacca Barn may be rented for weddings, reunions and special events.  Located at 2820 54th Avenue East in Fife, WA.

Foothills Historical Society and Museum

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The museum features a collection of exhibits and historical artifacts from Buckley and the surrounding small towns.  Historical buildings in operated by the Foothills Historical Society include: a log cabin, a bunkhouse, blacksmith shop, a saw-shop and a fire lookout tower.  A small research library is also available.  Located at 130 W. River Avenue in Buckley, WA.

Fort Lewis Military Museum

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[History of Red Shield Inn]  [Camp Lewis / Fort Lewis History]

[Commanders of Fort Lewis]

Housed inside the historic Red Shield Inn, which became the Fort Lewis Inn in 1927, the museum is the only certified US Army Museum on the West Coast of the US.  Dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of Fort Lewis and the Army in the Pacific Northwest, the museum features 6 galleries, each one focused on different military themes.  The Vehicle Park holds Army Tanks, Artillery, Missiles, Jeeps, Trucks and other military equipment.  The museum is supported by the Friends of the Fort Lewis Military Museum.  Located at 11566 Fort Lewis, WA.

Fort Nisqually Historic Site   [History]

Visit the 19th century in this living history museum where folks in period clothing perform the daily tasks of pioneers during the fur trade era.  Fort Nisqually was an outpost for Hudson's Bay.  Built in 1833, it was the first European settlement on Puget Sound.  Located at 5400 N. Pearl Street #11 in Tacoma, WA.

Fort Steilacoom

[History]  [Photo Tour of Fort Steilacoom]

Fort Steilacoom was established in 1849 by the US Army.  The fort grew and was used until the end of the Civil War.  In 1871, the fort was used as the Insane Asylum of Washington Territory and later the Western State Hospital.  Today, four of the original buildings remain, are being renovated and available to the public through guided tours, living history demonstrations and lecture programs.  A museum and gift shop are also on the premises. Located at 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. in Lakewood, WA.

Foss Waterway Seaport

The Foss Waterway Seaport is located at the foot of Tacoma’s downtown core at the north end of the The  Foss Waterway. The Seaport is housed in the authentic century-old Balfour Dock building. The Seaport’s Working Waterfront Maritime Museum showcases many interactive exhibits great for school field trips, home school students, day care groups, families, and tour groups. Plan a visit to our historic building, spend time on our beautiful new esplanade, and learn more about Tacoma’s historic working waterfront!  Location: 705 Dock Street in Tacoma, WA

Fox Island Historical Museum


The museum contains exhibits about early life on Fox Island, Indian artifacts, a totem pole, the Acheson Log Cabin and many other displays focused on Fox Island history.  Located at 1017 Ninth Ave. in Fox Island, WA.

Fred Oldfield Western Heritage & Art Center

[Virtual Tour]

Fred Oldfield, a painter who was raised on the Yakima Reservation has been painting his entire adult life and his western art speaks for itself.  The Art Center is non profit and is dedicated to the preservation of Western Art and the history of the American West.  Located at the Puyallup Fairgrounds in Puyallup, WA.

Harbor History Museum

[Programs & Exhibits]  [Photo Gallery]

The mission of the Harbor History Museum is to create opportunities to experience the heritage of the greater Gig Harbor Peninsula, by collecting preserving, and sharing this area's history.  Visitors will learn about the unique history of Gig Harbor through the Annelise and Warder Stoaks Gallery, the Daylight Gallery and the Jim and Carolyn Milgard Maritime Gallery.  Located at 4218 Harborview Drive in Gig Harbor, WA.

Job Carr Cabin Museum

The Job Carr Cabin museum is home of the first Euro American settler, postmaster, and mayor. It is a replica of Job Carr's cabin built in 1865 and is considered the birthplace of Tacoma, WA. Come experience the breathtaking views of commencement bay, learn about Job's journey to Puget Sound and uncover the history of this grand city. Located at 2350 North 30th Street in Tacoma, WA

The Johnson Farm

The historic 1912 farmhouse once belonged to John Oscar Johnson (Finnish immigrant).  Today it is furnished with many family heirlooms and features historical artifacts related to the history of the area.  The farm includes many out buildings and the family gardens.  Located at 9306 Otso Point Road on Anderson Island, WA.

Key Peninsula Museum

Operated by the Key Peninsula Historical Society, the museum is housed inside the Civic Center in Vaughn, Washington and features historical photographs, exhibits and artifacts related to the history of the Key Peninsula.  Located at 17010 South Vaughn Road in Vaughn, WA.

Lakewood Historical Museum

[Lakewood History]

Bringing life to the history of Lakewood through the exhibit of historical artifacts, photographs, maps,. documents and memorabilia.  Located at 6211 Mt. Tacoma in Lakewood, WA.

LeMay Car Museum

[History of the LeMay Automobile Collection]

Boasted to be America's Car Museum, the museum features a nine acre campus with a four story museum.  Dedicated to the preservation of history and the celebration of the world's automotive culture, the museum houses up to thousands of cars, trucks and motorcycles.  Located at 2702 East D. Street in Tacoma, WA.

The Little White Church of Elbe

[Historical Timeline]    [Photos]

Built in 1906, this beautiful little white church remains very much the same.  The original Farrand & Votey bellows organ is still used and services are still performed.  The Little White Church of Elbe was built by German settlers, measures only 18 feet x 24 feet and seats 46 people.  Attend a worship service or visit during the summer when the Church is open for tourists.  Available for weddings.  Located on the road to Paradise in Elbe, WA.

McChord Air Museum


The museum holds a number of historical aircraft, weapons, missiles, and vehicles.  Located at JBLM-McChord Field, WA.

Meeker Mansion

[History]  [Tours]

The 1887 mansion was home to Ezra Meeker, founder of the town of Puyallup.  Today, tours and rentals for special occasions are offered.  Location is 321 Pioneer in Puyallup, WA.

Pioneer Farm Museum & Ohop Indian Village

Take a step back in time.  Visit the 1880s when Washington state was being homesteaded by pioneers.  Visit the Ohop Indian Village to learn about Indians who lived here before the pioneers settled here.  The museum is a hands on experience where you can work in a blacksmith shop, forge a horseshoe, saw some wood, make an arrowhead, dress in native style clothes, try Salish loom weaving, make Native American jewelry, chip out a canoe, play the drums.  Activities are fun for all ages.  Located at 7716 Ohop Valley Road East in Eatonville, WA.

Prairie House Museum

Dating from the early 1900s, the Overaa family farmhouse has been restored and holds period furnishings along with an interpretive room with changing local history exhibits.  There is also a log cabin on the premises.  Located at 812 E. 17th Street in Spanaway, WA.

Ryan House Museum

[History of Sumner]  [Photos]

The Ryan house was begun in the 1860s with a one room cedar cabin.  George Ryan bought the property in 1872 and began enlarging the house.  The house was used as the public Library of Sumner from 1926 to 1979.  Today the house is headquarters to the Sumner Historical Society and it's grounds are part of the Sumner City Parks.  Collections include Daffodil Festival memorabilia, historical photos, family histories, and historic household items.  Located at 1228 Main Street in Sumner, WA.

Stage Stop Museum

Built by town founder of Eatonville Thomas Cobb Van Eaton and Nate Williams, the small cabin was the first home in Eatonville.  It is being saved and restored by the society and is home to the Stage Stop Museum as it was once a stage line stop along the Indian Henry Trail from Commencement Bay to the base of Mount Rainier.  Located inside Mill Pond Park in Eatonville, WA.

Steilacoom Historical Museum

The museum features photos of Steilacoom's yesteryears and a video about the birth of Steilacoom.  Located at 1801 Rainier Street in Steilacoom.

Steilacoom Historical Museums and Historical Sites

Founded by Lafayette Balch, a Maine sea captain, Steilacoom began as a bustling frontier seaport on Puget Sound. It was the seat of Pierce County and a leading candidate for the site of the territorial capitol. There are 32 different buildings and sites listed in the national registry of historic places. Come and see the Nathaniel Orr home and pioneer Orchard which contains original furnishings and artifacts, or the Bair Drug and Hardware Store est. in 1885. There is also a museum located at the Town Hall with a focus on the pioneer period from 1860 to the 1900's, and a self guided walking/driving tour of the historic district. Located in Steilacoom, WA.

Steilacoom Tribal Cultural Center and Museum

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With over 30 Indian tribes in the state of Washington, the museum opened in 1988 becoming the fourth that is tribal owned and operated. In addition to the main changing gallery and permanent exhibits, the Center has a gift shop, meeting area and the world’s best clam chowder served in the museum Fry Bread Café. Located at 1515 Layfayette Street in Steilacoom, WA.

Tacoma Pioneer Telephone Museum

Opening its doors in 1991, this museum has 2,000 sq. ft. of vintage telephones and equipment, historical photographs and old switchboards as well as many other artifacts demonstrating the history of the telephone. Located at 757 Fawcett Ave in So. Tacoma, WA.


San Juan County

Lopez Island Historical Museum   [Historic Homes]

The mission of the Lopez Island Historical Society is to collect, preserve, share and interpret local history among island residents and visitors in order to increase awareness and appreciation of the resource for the educational benefit of this and future generations. The Lopez Island Historical Society Museum is located in the heart of Lopez Village on Weeks Road, across from Islander's Bank.

Orcas Island Historical Museum   [Historic Photos]

mission: is to educate, inspire, connect and involve the community and its visitors in the stewardship of its unique island history. This museum features 6 original homestead cabins that were built in the 1800's. Each cabin represents different aspects of the island's history as told through the life stories and material culture of the First Peoples and early European-American settlers of the area, and are considered to be important historical artifacts themselves. Located at 181 North Beach Road in Orcas Island, WA.

San Juan Historical Museum

The San Juan Historical Museum consists of several different building that display exhibits and artifacts describing the early life on San Juan Island. Visitors can enjoy walking the grounds to find a carriage house, root cellar, an old jail, an 1894 farmhouse and many other historical wonders of San Juan Island. Located at 405 Price St. in Friday Harbor, WA.


Skagit County

Anacortes History Museum

Devoted to the history of the Puget Sound islands of Fidalgo and Guemes, you will find a research library with an exhibition gallery along with the Sternwheel Snagboat W. T. Preston which has been declared a National Historic Landmark.  The Anacortes Museum is located at 1305 8th Street in Anacortes, WA.  The W. T. Preston is located at 713 R Avenue in Anacortes, next to the Snagboat Heritage Center.

Skagit County Historical Museum

[General Store Virtual Tour]

Exploring the history of Skagit County, from early farm life to Native American history, this museum also features a research library with extensive documents and photographs.

501 South 4th Street

LaConner, WA 98257


Skamania County

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum

The logo for the museum is the petroglyph of "Tsagaglalal", or "she who watches," which is considered to be one of the best examples of aboriginal art in the United States. Here you can learn about the legend of "Tsagaglalal", experience a theatrical recreation of the Gorge, and find out how the develpment on the river impacted the area. It also houses the worlds largest rosary collection, as well as a 37 foot high replica of the 19th century fish wheel. There are many fun things for children to experience and they do offer field trips and a historically fun setting for other events. Located at 990 SW Rock Creek Drive in Stevenson, WA.


Snohomish County

Blackman House Museum

The lovely little farmhouse was built in 1878 by Hyrcanus Blackman and is now operated by the Snohomish Historical Society.  Featuring artifacts and antiques of the Victorian era, visitors will get a taste of live in the late 1800s.  Located at 118 Avenue B in Snohomish, WA.

Edmonds Historical Museum

[Edmonds History]

There are two floors in this museum. The first floor is dedicated to showing the incorporation of the city of Edmonds from the 1890's to present day. "The Changing Face of Edmonds" is an encapsulated, thematic, and chronological history exhibit, interpreting the many changes that have taken place, from the age of exploration and discovery, through the founding and growth of the city, and up to the 1950s when the last mill closed. The second floor houses an extensive photography archive, research library as well as temporary rotating displays and the Cook Victorian Parlor. Located at 118 5th Avenue North, in Edmonds WA.

Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center

The Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center is part of the Stanwood Area Historical Society.  Exhibits are related to history of the Stanwood Area of Washington State.  Located at 27130 102nd Avenue NW in Stanwood, WA.

Flying Heritage Collection

The aircraft within the Flying Heritage Collection are rare treasures of military aviation with an emphasis on 1935-1945. On display are aviation artifacts from the US, Britain, Germany, Russia  and Japan—acquired by Paul G. Allen and restored with unparalleled authenticity to share with the public. On summer weekends these planes are flown at free public events.  Located at 3407 109th St SW, Everett

Granite Falls Historical Museum 

The museum is focused on the local history of Granite Falls, WA and includes exhibits and displays about logging, railroading, mining, the mills and historical items related to early history.  Located at 109 E. Union Street in Granite Falls, WA.

Heritage Park

[Alderwood History]

Heritage Park is maintained by the City of Lynwood and the Alderwood Manor Heritage Association.  The Park features several historical structures including the 1919 Humble House and Barn, the 1919 Wickers Building, the 1930s Superintendent's Cottage and the Interurban Trolley.  The buildings are displayed in a village setting in the lovely Heritage Park.  Located at 19921 Poplar Way in Lynwood, WA.

Hibulb Cultural Center & Natural History Preserve

[Brochure]  [History of Tulalip People and "A Fishing People" Video]

Featuring over 23,000 square feet of space for exhibits, classrooms, a research library and archaeological repository, the museum is focused on the history of the Tulalip Tribes in Washington state.  Visitors will be able to enter a longhouse where they can sit, listen to stories related by Tulalip storytellers and experience a Tulalip Tribal Longhouse.  Visitors will come away with knowledge of the Tulalip people who have lived in this area for hundreds of years before pioneer settlement.  Located at 6410 23rd Avenue NE in Tulalip, WA.

Lake Stevens Historical Museum

Located next to the public Library, the Lake Stevens  Historical Society operates this small museum which displays artifacts and historic photos related to the history of Lake Stevens, WA.

Monroe Historical Society Museum

Opened in 1982 in Monroe's original two story city hall building, it houses a wide range of local historical artifacts, as well as local historical resources that are available to members and to the public with some restrictions. Located at 207 E. Main Street in Monroe, WA.

Mukilteo Lighthouse Museum   [Historical Photo Gallery]

The Mukilteo Light Station continues to play an important navigational role with its Fourth Order Fresnel lens that has a range of 12 nautical miles. In addition to the beautifully landscaped grounds and stunning works of architecture, visitors are drawn to its romantic, scenic, educational, and historical values. Located at 608 Front Street in Mukilteo, WA.

Stanwood Area History Museum and D. O. Pearson House

[Historic Places of Stanwood and Photos]

The Stanwood Area Historical Society seeks to discover, preserve, and display any materials which help to establish, illustrate, and interpret the economic, social, and cultural heritage of the greater Stanwood area, including if financially possible and appropriate, historic sites and properties.

The D. O. Pearson House was the home of the first mayor of Stanwood. It is a three-story Second Empire Victorian Home built in 1890 with a mansard roof and roof cresting (or widow's walk) and is open as a Period House Museum.

Stillaquamish Valley Pioneer Museum   [Photos]

Focused on the early pioneers who homesteaded the Stillaguamish Valley in Washington State, the museum features artifacts including logging, dairy, military, railroad, sports and medical items.  Located at 20722 67th Avenue NE in Arlington, WA.


Spokane County

Campbell House Museum

Erected in 1898, the English Tudor Revival home has been restored and offers visitors a glimpse into the ways of live at the turn of the century.  Tours of this historic home are provided by the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture monthly.  Located at W. 2316 1st Avenue in Spokane, WA.

Cheney Historical Museum


The museum is focused on the history of the Marshall, Four Lakes, Cheney, Tyler and Amber districts of southwest Spokane County, Washington.  The Cheney Historical Museum is operated by the Southwest Spokane County Historical Society.  Located at 420 First Street in Cheney, WA.

Fort Spokane Museum and Visitor Center

Fort Spokane was established in 1880 by the US Army.  After the Fort was closed in 1898, the Fort buildings were used by the Indians for a school and hospital.  Grounds are open year round but the historical buildings, museum and visitor center are open in the summer months.  Located 21 miles north of Davenport, WA on State Highway 25.

North Spokane Farm Museum

Known as "The Red Shed", the North Spokane Farm Museum holds antique farm machinery and historical artifacts ranging from 1850 to 1950.  Included are exhibits of antique rooms and household items from the past.  Located at 6803 W Ridgeway Road in Deer Park, WA.

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture

Offers a permanent exhibit:

Over a century of Spokane history translates into a three-dimensional tapestry of personal stories. Museum Collection treasures tell of family, community, and business adventures from fur trade and fire, through aviation and ticker tape.  Names like James Glover are familiar; others are little-known but important for their contribution to Spokane life.

Also offers changing exhibits that demonstrate different aspects of life in Spokane County. Located at 2316 W. 1st Avenue in Spokane, WA.

Spokane Law Enforcement Museum

Located at 1201 W. first in Downtown Spokane, WA.

Spokane Valley Heritage Museum

[Photo Gallery]

The museum focuses on the preservation and exhibition of the history and culture of the Spokane Valley.  The museum also features historical photographs and an archives for historical research.  Located at E. 12114 Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley, WA.


Stevens County

Chewelah History Museum   [Historic Photos]

At the Chewelah Fun fair in the summer of 1965, their exhibit drew so much attention that they decided to add to it, and now have a rather large display of exhibits and historical artifacts for the public to share and enjoy. New (old) items are constantly being received and placed on display. Located at 501 N. 3rd Street E., in Chewelah, WA.

Hunters Museum

Housed inside the Old Creamery at 5019 Highway 25 S in Hunters, WA.

Keller Heritage Center Museum & Park

The park includes several places of interest to visit and enjoy. There is the museum which houses historical exhibits and artifacts depicting Indian and Pioneer life in Stevens County. There is also the Keller house of 1910, the Graves Mt. Lookout tower, the Hixon castles and gardens, a farmstead cabin and a trappers cabin as well as a pioneer machinery museum, sawmill, blacksmith shop and old mining equipment. Located at 700 N. Wynne Street in Colville, WA.

Kettle Falls Historical Center

Devoted to the history of the Kettle Falls fishery, the center also interprets other historical sites in the Kettle Falls area, including St. Pauls Mission and Fort Colville.  Located at 1188 Portage Road in Kettle Falls, WA.

The Old Schoolhouse

Operated by the Loon Lake Historical Society, the Old Schoolhouse is run by volunteers who seek to preserve the history of Loon Lake.  The collections include historical photos, family histories, historical information about mining, brick and terra cotta manufacturing in Clayton, logging and lumber mills, the Loon Lake Congregational Church and other related items.  Located at 4000 Colville Road in Loon Lake, WA.


Thurston County

Bigelow House Museum

Built in 1860, this historic house has the distinction of being the oldest home in Olympia, Washington.  The collections include original furnishings, documents, photographs and personal belongings of the Daniel R. Bigelow family.  Located at 918 Glass Avenue, NE in Olympia, WA.

Crosby House Museum

Built in 1860, this historic house has been restored and furnished with period furnishings.  Located at 702 Deschutes Way in Tumwater, WA.

Henderson House Museum (currently closed)

Located in Tumwater, this historic home is 100 years old and has been established as a museum.  For more information on historic Tumwater, see the Tumwater Research Center Online where you will find information about the South Puget Sound Indians The Oregon Trail, and early Tumwater pioneers with photos.  Located at 602 Deschutes Way in Tumwater, WA.

Lacey Museum

Housed inside a 1926 structure which once served as a fire station and City Hall for the town of Lacey, the museum features history from the Oregon Trail days to present.  Located at 829 Lacey Street SE in Lacey, WA.

Olympic Flight Museum

[Historic Aircraft Collection]

The museum features a collection of antique aircraft and their role in the history of the United States.  Located at 7637-A Old Highway 99 SE in Olympia, WA.

State Capital Museum  [Exhibits]

Housed in the historical Lords Mansion, the museum features exhibits related to the history cultural heritage of Washington state.  A large collection of Native American artifacts and history is among their offerings.  Located at 211 21st Avenue SW in Olympia, WA.

Tenino Train Depot Museum

Built in 1914, the Northern Pacific Train Depot served as a stop between Seattle an Portland.  In 1965, it was sold to the town of Tenino, moved to a city park and now serves as a historical museum.  The museum holds many local historical artifacts, old logging tools, old quarry tools and a 1920s doctor's office.  Located at 309 Park Avenue West in Tenino, Washington.

Yelm Historical Museum

Historically associated with Mount Rainier, the museum features exhibits about the first people to climb to the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Located on the corner of 3rd & McKenzie Streets in Yelm, WA.


Wahkiakum County

Julia Butler Hansen Heritage Center

Wahkiakum County Historical Museum - River Street Museum

[Wahkiakum County Historical Society Museum on Facebook]

[History and Other Historic Sites in Wahkiakum County]

[Historical Photos]

Displaying Native American artifacts and historical memorabilia and historic photos of the Cathlamet area since 1954.  Located at 65 River Street in Cathlamet, WA.


Walla Walla County Kirkman House Museum

[Kirkman Family]

The Kirkman House is one of the oldest mansions in Walla Walla.  Built in 1880 by William and Isabelle Kirkman, the home today features exhibits which tell the story of Walla Walla.  The museum is filled with family heirlooms and period pieces to illustrate daily Victorian life in Walla Walla, Washington.  Rental for special events and weddings are available.  Located at 214 N. Colville Street in Walla Walla, WA.

Fort Walla Walla Museum

Fort Walla Walla Museum offers five large exhibit halls, 17-building pioneer village, more than 40 Living History performances each season, and excellent children's programs. Much of the museum is outside. The Museum's entire collection contains more than 42,000 cataloged artifacts including historical objects, textiles, photographs & archives. The Museum also has a small reference library, available for year 'round use. Located at 755 Myra Rd. in Walla Walla, WA.


Whatcom County APA Museum

The Alaska Packers Association Cannery and Fishing Museum is housed inside an original cannery building situated on Semiahmoo Spit.  The museum features exhibits related to the maritime history of this area in Washington State.  Visitors can picnic, explore the beaches of Semiahmoo Park, follow the walking and biking trails or ride the Plover Historic Foot Passenger Ferry as well.  Located inside Semiahmoo Park at 9261 Semiahmoo Parkway in Blaine, WA.

Bellingham Railway Museum

Focused on railroad heritage, history and operations, the museum offers a fun and family friendly atmosphere to learn about railroad history.  Located at 1320 Commercial Street in Bellingham, WA.

The Fairhaven Pharmacy

The Fairhaven Pharmacy is one of the oldest businesses in town.  The museum is housed inside a building across the street from the original building in the basement.  Located at 1115 Harris Avenue in Bellingham, WA.

Heritage Flight Museum

The museum is devoted to the preservation and flying of historical military aircraft.  Exhibits include memorabilia, artifacts and a collection of flying WWII, Korean and Vietnam era aircraft.  Located at the Bellingham International Airport at 4165 Mitchell Way in Bellingham, WA.

Lynden Pioneer Museum

 MISSION STATEMENT: The Lynden Heritage Foundation exists to provide Whatcom County Communities with a sense of identity and enhance local revenue through heritage tourism. The Lynden Heritage Foundation will achieve these goals by supporting educational programs, creating exhibits, and presentations, and preserving heritage collections concerning Whatcom County Communities prior to WWII. The programs, exhibits, presentations, and collections will be based at the Lynden Pioneer Museum. There are many unique and interesting exhibits including The Automobile (every year the exhibit changes to display the impact automobiles have had on life throughout history), a buggy collection, a life size recreation of historic downtown Lynden, WA., and agricultural exhibits among many others. Located at 217 Front Street in Lynden, WA.

Pioneer Park Cabins

Pioneer Park was created by the Old Settlers Association.  The park contains many historical log cabins and structures which have been moved to the park over the last century.  The Tillicum House and the Log Cabin Church are available for rental for weddings and special events.  Operated by the Ferndale Heritage Society, the park is located at 2004 Cherry Street in Ferndale, WA.

Spark Museum of Electrical Invention

Previously known as the American Museum of Radio and Electricity, this museum features interactive exhibits spanning four centuries of scientific achievement and cultural heritage through it's collection of inventions and innovations which changed the course of human history.  Visitors will learn the story of how electricity was discovered, the power harnessed and applied through over 400 years of scientific and artistic accomplishment.  Located at 1312 Bay Street in Bellingham, WA.

Whatcom Museum

Focused on Art, Nature and the History of Northwest Washington, the Whatcom Museum features docent guided tours.  There are three buildings included in the Whatcom Museum.

  1. The Lightcatcher hosts a rotating schedule of art exhibitions.  Located at 250 Flora Street in Bellingham, WA.

  2. Old City Hall was built more than one hundred years ago on Prospect Street but left incomplete due to a depression in the bay region.  It has been saved and today serves as a landmark building of the Whatcom Museum featuring exhibits of art, nature and Pacific regional history.  Located at 121 Prospect Street in Bellingham, WA.

  3. Syre Education Center was built in 1926 as the City of Bellingham's fire hall.  Today it features classroom space and permanent historical exhibits for group and school tours.  The second floor holds the Whatcom Museum's extensive photo archives.  Located adjacent to the Old City Hall at 201 Prospect Street in Bellingham, WA.


Whitman County

J C Barron Flour Mill at Oakesdale

Located at 1st and Jackson Streets in Oakesdale, WA.

Whitman County Historical Society

Whitman County Historical Society strives to preserve the history and cultural heritage of our region. To do this the society has developed programs designed to meet a variety of interests in the area. The society owns two museums, publishes a newsletter and a historical journal, and maintains a growing archival collection. For further information, click on any of the specific subjects listed below. The Historical Society has a number of ongoing projects including the Perkins House in Colfax, Washington, the oldest house in the county; the WCHS Archive located in the Gladish Community Center in Pullman, Washington; and the Roy Chatters Newspaper and Printing Museum, located in Palouse, Washington.


Yakima County

American Hop Museum

[Northwest Hop History]

The Yakima Valley is considered one of the largest hop producers in the world.  The American Hop Museum is devoted to the history and future of hop cultivation.  Housed inside the 1917 Trimble Brothers Creamery building, the museum features historical equipment, articles and information related to the cultivation of hops in the United States.  Located at 22 South "B" Street in Toppenish, WA.

Central Washington Agricultural Museum

Central Washington Agricultural Museum on Facebook

Featuring 29 covered buildings on over 17 acres of displays, the museum tells the story of how the early settlers of central Washington lived and worked their land to grow food and make a living.  Visitors will find horse drawn farm machinery and equipment, farmsteads, the Amos log cabin, over 3000 antique hand tools, a steam engine used to power the Old Naches Sawmill, a working sawmill, blacksmith shop, apple packing line and other exhibits and living history demonstrations.  Located inside Fullbright Park in Union Gap, WA.

McAllister Museum of Aviation

The museum features historical aircraft and aviation history.  Located at 2008 S. 16th Avenue in Yakima, WA.

R E Powell Museum of Grandview History

[Grandview Heritage Documents and Photos]

This local history museum features artifacts and exhibits related to the rich history of Grandview, Washington.  Located at 311 Division Street in Grandview, WA.

Yakima Nation Museum and Cultural Heritage Center

[Yakima Nation History]  [Toppenish Murals]

Explore the cultural heritage of the Plateau People.  Located at Highway 97 & Buster Road in Toppenish, WA.

Yakima Valley Museum 

[Yakima Memory]

The Yakima Valley Museum is a 65,000 square foot facility offers historical exhibits on the Yakima Valley—its natural history, American Indian culture, pioneer life, early city life, and the roots and development of the Valley’s fruit industry. Within the museum is the Children’s Underground, a 2,500 ft2 interactive learning center offering museum-related educational activities and programs for children ages 5 to 15. There are over 38,000 objects in the collections at the Yakima Valley Museum and over 40,000 documents and photographs in the Archives and Research Library. Located at 2105 Tieton Dr. in Yakima, WA.

Yakima Valley Rail and Steam Museum

The Toppenish railroad depot was built by the Northern Pacific Railway in 1911. For 50 years it served as the transportation center of the community.  In 1981 the depot was no longer of use to the railroad and it was boarded up. In 1989 a group of rail fans approached the city and the railroad about leasing the depot as a railroad museum. The museum opened its doors in 1992. The depot has been restored to its early appearance and gives an opportunity for the visitor to view many aspects of early railroad transportation. Its many artifacts help to demonstrate the importance of railroad transportation to the development of our community and the entire Western United States. Located at 10 South Asotin Avenue in Toppenish, WA

Yakima Valley Trolleys

[Brochure]  [Yakima Valley Trolleys Timeline]

Focused on the preservation of the last intact, early 20th Century, interurban electric railroad in America, the museum features antique trolley cars and provides trolley rides as well.  Located at 306 West Pine Street in Yakima, WA.




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