The Washington trust relies not only on its member network, but also the statewide network of other cultural organizations that support historic preservation. If you know of more organizations that should be listed here, please contact our Communications Coordinator, Jennifer Mortensen via email or at 206-624-9449.

Cultural and Heritage Organizations by County:

Statewide

   
 
  Washington Rural Heritage
washingtonruralheritage.org
360-704-5228

Washington Rural Heritage brings together local history resources from 102 heritage organizations and 288 private collections throughout Washington State. Learn more about this collaborative digitization project coordinated by the Washington State Library.
     
     
    Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation
dahp.wa.gov
360-586-3065

The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation is Washington State's primary agency with knowledge and expertise in historic preservation. We advocate for the preservation of Washington's irreplaceable historic and cultural resources—significant buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts—as assets for the future.
     
     
    Washington State History Museum
washingtonhistory.org
253-272-3500

Founded in 1891 and now into its second century of service, the Washington State Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and vividly presenting Washington's rich and varied history. The Historical Society is comprised of a family of museums and research centers, offering a variety of services to researchers, historians, scholars, and the lifelong learners. By connecting personal, local, regional, and national stories to the universality of the human experience, and collecting materials from our state that help tell those stories, we will make the Washington State Historical Society indispensable to the people of Washington and a vital part of state government.
     
     

Adams

   
  Adams County Historical Society
adamscountyhistoricalsociety.com

The Adams County Historical Society was organized in May 1956 to gather and preserve the history of Adams County. Today the Society’s endeavors are the same with a strong emphasis on archiving and gathering our history for generations to come.
     
     

Asotin

   
    Asotin County Museum
asotincountymuseum.com

The cement block building was constructed in 1920 for use as a funeral parlor by Henry R. Merchant Sr. The facility was then donated by the Merchant Family to be used as a museum. In 1972 it became the Asotin County Historical Society. On the grounds, you can tour the pioneer house, sheepherders cabin, one-room schoolhouse, primitive log cabin, river barge, pole barn, blacksmith's shop, and a Nez Perce Tepee. Also view thousands of artifacts on display in the main building. The Museum features many hands-on displays for the public's enjoyment.
     

Benton

   
    Benton County Historical Museum
facebook

Bringing the past into the future, located in Prosser.
     
     
    East Benton County Historical Society
ebchs.org
509-582-7704

Funded by local contributions and built in 1982, the East Benton County Historical Museum was designed by a local architect to showcase some wonderful historic artifacts. With its artful construction and sensitive use of natural lighting, this museum has won renown with museum professionals as "the best small museum building in the state". Located facing Kennewick's oldest park, Keewaydin Park, you will find on the museum grounds ancient Indian petroglyphs recovered from the Columbia River in 1939, pioneer farm implements, and the school bell from the old Finley School south of town.
     
     

Chelan

   
    Historic Museum and Pioneer Village in Cashmere
cashmeremuseum.org
509-782-3230

To collect and preserve the history, both natural and human, of the local region for education, research and public viewing in an informative, exciting and secure manner.
     
     
    Lake Chelan Historical Society • Chelan Museum
chelanmuseum.com
509-682-5644

The Lake Chelan Historical Society (LCHS) was started in 1970 by James Lindston after he retired from the Seattle First National Bank (SeaFirst) as the Chelan branch manager. The building that the museum occupies was originally the home of the Miners & Merchants Bank, which was established in 1902 and operated until 1955, when it was acquired by SeaFirst. The building was built in 1907. Our mission statement is short and to the point: to act as a historical resource and cultural center for the Lake Chelan Valley. We are a 501(c)(3) organization for tax purposes and thus can accept donations that would qualify as charitable contributions. We are independently operated: our income is mainly derived from membership dues, admission fees, rental income and sales of historical books and pamphlets, apple labels and grants.
     
     
    Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center
wenatcheewa.gov
509-888-6240

The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center inspires dynamic connections to our region's unique heritage. Through creative programs, exhibits and publications, we tell the stories of the people who have built our community. The Museum strives to foster an appreciation for the preservation and celebration of our collective community memory.
     
     

Clallam

   
    Clallam County Historical Society
clallamhistoricalsociety.com
360-452-6779

Mission Statement: "The Clallam County Historical Society shall preserve, utilize and interpret the region’s cultural heritage for the enjoyment and education of all. We will promote public awareness and resources necessary to preserve the past and empower the future."
     
     

Clark

   
    Clark County Historical Museum
cchmuseum.org
360-993-5679

The Clark County Historical Society is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the cultural history of Clark County and the Pacific Northwest, and to sponsoring educational programs and exhibits for the enrichment of all members of the public. The Clark County Historical Society is the governing body for the Clark County Historical Museum which is located in Vancouver, Washington’s 1909 Carnegie Library on 1511 Main Street.
     
     

Columbia

   
    Dayton Historic Preservation Commission
daytonwa.com
509-540-6747

The Dayton Historic Preservation Commission was established in 1992 to ensure that the historic and cultural resources within the City of Dayton are preserved for future generations. The Commissioners are volunteers appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. Volunteers seeking a vacant position must demonstrate interest and competence in historic preservation and have experience in identifying, evaluating and protecting historic resources. A volunteer is selected from his or her discipline in fields such as, but not limited to, architecture, historic preservation, archaeology, education, planning or history. Commissioners work with the program?s professional staff to designate and protect significant historical and cultural resources.
     
     
    Dayton Historical Depot Society & Museum
daytonhistoricdepot.org
509-382-2026

The Dayton Historical Depot Society’s mission is to maintain and use its primary artifacts, the Depot building and the Boldman House, for interpretation/education of local history. In keeping with their historical status, the Depot and Boldman House will serve as resources for community use.
     
     

Cowlitz

   
    Cowlitz County Historical Museum
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360-577-3119

The Cowlitz County Historical Museum's ongoing work is to preserve our regional heritage for public enjoyment and education, now and for future generations.
     
     

Douglas

   
    Douglas County Historical Society & Museum
museumsusa.org/museums/info/1158127
509-745-8435

In addition to a wealth of displays and archived material about Waterville, the museum sells several books about the history Waterville and the surrounding area.
     
     

Ferry

   
    Antique Car and Truck Museum
ferrycounty.com/activities/museums/antique-car-and-truck-museum
509-779-4648

The Antique Auto and Truck Museum has a wonderful collection of antique automobiles, including a 1925 Howard Cooper (one of four built) and a 1926 Yellow Knight (one of three known to still exist). The exhibits include a 1904 7005 compressor engine; 1929 International flatbed truck; 1931 Indiana truck; 1948 Diamond T farm truck; and a pre-WWII MotoGuzzi. Also of interest, a reconstructed antique, steam-powered sawmill with a massive 90-hp Atlas steam engine; and a 54-in main saw and 36-in top saw. You’ll also be treated to antique farm machinery and a blacksmith shop.
     
     
    The Ferry County Historical Society & Center
ferrycountyhs.org
509-775-2605

The Ferry County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization which places its primary emphasis on preserving & exhibiting artifacts related to the rich history of Ferry County.
     
     

Franklin

   
    Franklin County Historical Society & Museum
franklincountyhistoricalsociety.org
509-547-3714

Franklin County Historical Society and Museum captures the spirit and history of Franklin County. The Museum was originally constructed in 1910 as part of Andrew Carnegie's worldwide library construction program. The high ceilings and dark wood trim create a period atmosphere for this collection of historic artifacts and information. A new library was built in 1962, after which the building served several different business concerns, ending in a period of abandonment and neglect. In 1980 the Society was offered the opportunity to use the building as its museum. Between 1980 and 1982, the building was beautifully refurbished by volunteers. It opened to the public as the Franklin County Historical Museum on January 3, 1983.
     
     

Garfield

   
  Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum
co.garfield.wa.us/eastern_washington_agricultural_museum

A place that preserves Eastern Washington's rich farming tradition, educates youth about agriculture and creates a space for children, parents and grandparents alike to congregate and embrace the tradition of small-town rural life.
     
     
    Garfield County Museum (Garfield County Historical Association)
historicpomeroy.com/museum
509-843-3814

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.
     
     
    The Pomeroy Historic Preservation Committee
historicpomeroy.com/preservation.htm
     
     

Grant

   
    Grant County's Historical Museum & Village
509-754-3334
     
     
    The Moses Lake Museum & Art Center
cityofml.com
509-764-3830

The Moses Lake Museum & Art Center (MAC) is dedicated to exploring the human and natural history of the Columbia Basin and celebrating the works of regional artists. We are a not-for-profit institution supported by the City of Moses Lake and museum members.
     
     

Grays Harbor

   
    Grays Harbor Genealogical Society
graysharborgenealogy.com

Every year more and more people are discovering the excitement and interest of tracing their family history. If you’re looking for ancestors who may have lived in the Grays Harbor area, let us do research for you. Our Society volunteers will search local records that aren’t available to the general public. We’re here to share our interest in genealogy, preserve local family history records, and help visitors and others learn of the resources available.
     
     
    The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority
historicalseaport.org
1-800-200-5239

GHHSA provides educational, vocational, recreational and ambassadorial activities and experiences that promote and preserve the maritime history of Grays Harbor, the Pacific Northwest, and our nation while serving the needs of the community.
     
     
    Museum of the North Beach (Moclips-By-The-Sea Historical Society)
moclips.org
360-276-4441

Our mission is to preserve the fascinating past of the North Beach for today and future generations.
     
     
    The Polson Museum (Polson Park and Museum Historical Society)
polsonmuseum.org
360-533-5862

The Polson Museum was founded in 1976, and was a gift to Hoquiam and Grays Harbor by the Arnold Polson family. Building and grounds, which are a National Historic Site, are owned and maintained by the City of Hoquiam Exhibits and collections overseen by the Polson Park and Museum Historical Society. The museum is supported by hundreds of friends, members, and volunteers and appreciated by thousands of visitors, students, and travelers each year.
     
     

Island

   
    Historic Whidbey
historicwhidbey.org

An organization dedicated to preserving the historic buildings of Whidbey Island, Washington. Historic Whidbey is Whidbey Island’s first historic preservation advocacy group, founded in 2013 by residents concerned with the pressures of development on the island’s historic resources. We are preservationists, architects, historians and educators with a common mission—preserving historic places and the important stories they hold.
     
     
    Island County Historical Society & Museum
islandhistory.org
360-678-3310

Located in historic Coupeville (est. 1853), on beautiful Whidbey Island, ICHS operates a popular museum that features local and regional history. Ice Age relics, Mammoth remains, a fine Native American collection – including cedar dugout canoes, maritime, early settlers, and the first automobile on Whidbey Island (1902 Holsman auto buggy) are highlighted in our main exhibit. In addition to museum operations, ICHS is active in historic preservation projects, including the Camano Island Schoolhouse, the Ebey’s Prairie “Sheepherders House”, the 1855 Alexander Blockhouse fortress (on museum grounds), and is working to gather a comprehensive historic farm building inventory for Whidbey and Camano Islands. ICHS hosts regular historical programming and special events, including school tours and outreach, oral history gathering, and other interpretive activities.
     
     

Jefferson

   
    Jefferson County Historical Society
jchsmuseum.org
360-385-1003

The Jefferson County Historical Society is a non-profit organization located in the downtown historic district of Port Townsend. Since 1951, the JCHS Museum has welcomed visitors to the landmark City Hall building. The JCHS runs and maintains the Jefferson Museum of Art & History, The Commanding Officer's Quarters Officer's Row in Fort Worden State Park, The Rothschild House, the Research Center, and the Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitors Center. In addition to operating four museum sites and a research center, the historical society provides year-round programming for the community and visitors. Including:Museum in a Trunk Program, Scholarship Program Field Trip Assistance, History Camp, Oral History Projects, Walking Tours, First Friday Lecture Series, First Night Celebration, Historic Properties Surveys, and an online database of collections.
     
     
    Kelly Art Deco Light Museum
vintagehardware.com/kelly-art-deco-light-museum.php
360-379-9030

If you like the Art Deco era and wish to learn a bit more about the Art Deco lights that graced the homes of that exciting time in America's history when gangsters ran the streets, speak-easys were common, and rich ex-businessmen sold apples on corners for a penny - then the Kelly Art Deco Light Museum gives a rare glimpse of the years 1928 to 1938. It has the unique attribute of being the ONLY American Art Deco slip-shade museum in the world today. Come for a visit and see over 400 fixtures including Art Deco chandeliers, wall sconces, and table lights that graced the homes of middle and upper class during the Great Depression.
     
     
    Port Townsend Aero Museum
ptaeromuseum.com
360-379-5244

The Port Townsend Aero Museum preserves aviation history in the Pacific Northwest. Located 45 miles northwest of Seattle, flanked by the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound, the museum contributes to a vibrant community. Our youth mentorship program is second to none. Young adults participate in all aspects of operations, including restoration and flight activities. Our collection includes a variety of antique and classic aircraft. We regularly fly those aircraft that are safe and airworthy. Restorations are performed in-house by an expert group of mechanics and volunteers. Our shop also performs contract restoration work.
     
     
    Quilcene Historical Society & Museum
quilcenemuseum.org
360-765-4848

The Quilcene Historical Museum was formed and exists to preserve the past history of the local area for future generations.
     
     

King

   
  4Culture
4culture.org
206-296-7580

4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, Washington is committed to making our region stronger by supporting citizens and groups who preserve our shared heritage, and create arts and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors. Through the integration of four program areas — arts, heritage, preservation and public art — 4Culture works to: identify the needs of local communities and create unique programs that meet these needs; champion individual expression and community engagement; create and support a distinctive, world class, built environment; and work with artists and cultural organizations to offer culturally relevant solutions for our region.
     
     
  Association of King County Historical Organizations4Culture
akcho.org

Since AKCHO was incorporated in 1977, we have provided a nexus for both professionals and volunteers in the heritage and historic preservation communities throughout King County. Our objectives are to coordinate local historical and heritage organizations for mutual assistance; to establish and promote minimum standards for the organization and operation of historical organizations; to promote public access to history and heritage resources in King County through the documentation, collection, preservation, exhibition and interpretation activities of our member organizations; to assist in the development of public policy favorable to King County history and heritage at the county, municipal and state levels of government; and to stimulate public awareness of and involvement in King County history and heritage activities.
     
     
  DOCOMOMO WEWA
docomomo-wewa.org

Docomomo WEWA is a local community of individuals who share a passion for Northwest Modernism. Founded in Seattle in 1998, as a chapter of DOCOMOMO_US, we are dedicated to the Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement in Western Washington.
     
     
  Historic Seattle
historicseattle.org
206-622-6952

Historic Seattle believes that historic places provide an essential link to the past, reminding us of who we are and where we came from. Founded in 1974, Historic Seattle is dedicated to preserving Seattle and King County’s architectural legacy. Our mission is to educate, advocate and preserve.
     
     
  History Link
historylink.org
206-447-8140

History Ink is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established in 1997 to pioneer innovative approaches to historical research, education, and publishing. Its primary public service activity is production of HistoryLink.org, the free online encyclopedia of Washington state history and the nation’s first original encyclopedia of community history created expressly for the Internet.
     
     
  Humanities Washington
humanities.org
206-682-1770

Humanities Washington is the state's flagship non-profit for promoting and providing programs based in the humanities. We play a critical role in addressing an immediate and growing crisis concerning community identity and understanding, respect for other perspectives, and the ability of communities to work together to shape a better future.

Kitsap

   
    Kitsap County Historical Society and Museum
kitsaphistory.org
206-479-6226

The Kitsap County Historical Society and Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits the diverse culture, heritage and history of Kitsap County for the education and enjoyment of the public.
     
     
    Poulsbo Historical Society and Museum
poulsbohistory.com

Bringing the Past to Life. The Poulsbo Historical Society’s mission is collecting, recording, preserving and exhibiting the history, heritage and culture of Poulsbo and the surrounding communities.
     
     
    Suquamish Museum & Cultural Center
suquamish.org/museum.aspx

Our 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.  The Suquamish Museum provides exhibits that allow the visitors from all age levels to understand the culture and history of the First Peoples of the Puget Sound through the use of oral history, photography, artifacts, replication and audio/visual productions. With the assistance of Tribal elders, scholars and other museum professionals, the Suquamish Museum will strive to meet all of the above goals, and provide visitors with a new understanding of the Native Peoples of the Puget Sound and the Suquamish Tribe.
     
     

Kittitas

   
    Kittitas County Historical Museum
kchm.org
509-925-3778

The Kittitas County Historical Museum is a private, non-profit charitable organization. The Mission of the Kittitas County Historical Museum is to collect and preserve materials, which may help establish, illustrate, and educate about the history of Kittitas County. To provide accessibility to all who wish to examine or study it, as well as to disseminate historical information and arouse interest in Kittitas County history through exhibit and interpretation.
     
     
    Northern Kittitas County Historical Society
nkcmuseums.org
509-649-2880

Founded in 1966, NKCHS is dedicated to increasing awareness of local history and its future impact on our community. Our properties include the Carpenter House Museum and the Telephone Museum.
     
     
    Thorp Mill Town Historical Society
thorp.org
509-964-9640

The Thorp Mill Town Historical Society began with a handful of Thorp High School graduates who decided to preserve the old gristmill located near the edge of town. But in researching for the task, they found that history of the mill embodied all the best of the American ideal. The restless independence that drove the cattle-running Thorps and Splawns into the wild country of the Kittitas Valley. The pioneering spirit that brought J.S. Mills over the mountains from Puget Sound. The ingenuity that linked two mills, a log pond, an ice pond and eventually even an electric power plant into one integrated system.
     
     

Klickitat

   
    Gorge Heritage Museum
community.gorge.net/ghmuseum
509-493-3228

The Museum is housed in the former Bingen Congregational Church. It was established in 1984 by the West Klickitat County Historical Society to promote interest in the legacy passed to us by the native people and the immigrants who settled and traded in the mountainous river valleys and along the Columbia River. You are invited to explore the heritage of the native peoples and pioneers of West Klickitat County and East Skamania County. This scenic region between Mt. Adams and the Columbia Gorge is the background for rich histories of Native Americans, explorers, trappers, pioneer settlers, fruit growers, ranchers, miners, and loggers.
     
     
    Presby Museum (Klickitat County Historical Society)
presbymuseum.com
509-773-4303

Organized in 1958, the Klickitat County Historical Society’s primary purpose is to collect, preserve and present the history of Goldendale and Klickitat County. Two additional buildings have been built to display collections. The 24’x60’ “Annex” houses the actual Goldendale Sentinel print shop dating from 1878 and collections from early Goldendale businesses and the Goldendale Railway Station. In 2002 the Carriage/School House was built to present farm equipment and a reproduction of a one-room school house.
     
     
    Whoop-N-Holler Museum
gorgeculture.org/whoop-n-holler-museum
509-896-2344

The Whoop-n-Holler Museum, located in Bickleton in central Klickitat County, includes a large display of antique cars, heirlooms, and agricultural exhibits. Like stepping into the past, the museum offers a true taste of Americana.
     
     

Lewis

   
    Lewis County Historical Museum
lewiscountymuseum.net
360-748-0831

Located in the historic 1912 Northern Pacific Railway depot the museum offers interesting displays depicting the early settlements and pioneer life in Lewis County, the oldest county in Washington State. Explore exhibits reflecting the area’s logging and rail history as well as a children’s hands-on area. The Museum is also the starting point for the Historic Chehalis Downtown Walking Tour. You can pick up a free copy here at the Museum
     
     

Lincoln

   
    Davenport Historical Society (Lincoln County Historical Museum)
davenportwa.org/davenportsite/davenporthistoricalsociety.html
509-725-6711

Richly detailed interiors and exhibits tell the story of Lincoln County's past. The museum's collection of artifacts is available to researchers. Also available is an American Indian display, a railroad memorabilia display, farm machinery, steam engine, combines, tools, guns, a prison cell, printing press, vintage fire engines and an impressive display dealing with the outlaw, Harry Tracy.
     
     

Mason

   
    Mason County Historical Museum & Historical Society
masoncountyhistoricalsociety.org
360-426-1020

History comes to life in Mason County's most extensive collection of historic documents, photos and artifacts from Mason County's timber, shellfish, farming and early pioneer days. Located conveniently in the heart of historic downtown Shelton, the Mason County Historical Museum is open to the public, offering free WIFI as well as research and meeting tables. The museum sells local historical books, calendars and other mementos depicting life along the shores of Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and in the old growth forests as they were explored and logged in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Inquire about our free Shelton walking tours and maps. Our ongoing used book sale features hundreds of unique and out-of-print titles––most are only $1 or 50 cents. Come in, browse, and meet our friendly, helpful staff and volunteers.
     
     

Okanogan

   
    Okanogan County Historical Society & Museum
okanoganhistory.org
509-422-4272

The Okanogan County Historical Society (OCHS) was formed in 1963 to preserve and disseminate the colorful heritage of Okanogan County in North Central Washington State. The Society's headquarters are in the Wilson Historical Research Center adjacent to the Okanogan County Historical Museum. This building also houses the Okanogan County Genealogical Society.
     
     

Pacific

   
    Pacific County Historical Society and Museum
pacificcohistory.org
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360-875-5224

The Pacific County Historical Society seeks to preserve and share the history of Pacific County, Washington. To this end, the society operates the Pacific County Museum, the collections of which include more than 10,000 photographs, 1,500 artifacts, and historical documents. Areas of focus include Native American history, natural history, transportation, maritime history, daily life, and natural resources. The museum offers exhibits and research collection access. Access to the research collection requires an appointment with the director.
     
     

Pend Oreille

   
    Pend Oreille County Historical Society & Museum
pocmuseum.org
509-447-5388

The Pend Oreille County Museum is operated and maintained by the Pend Oreille County Historical Society, Inc. an all-volunteer, privately funded, nonprofit organization. The museum complex consists of the historic I. & W. N. Depot building built in 1908 which houses the gift shop and displays on the first and second floors. The adjoining Stuart B. Bradley Memorial Building, built with private funds, was dedicated in 1994. The upstairs houses various displays including a military display, the research department, and library. Downstairs is the meeting room, storage, office, and dark room. Also on the grounds are three log cabins, all of which were taken apart at their original locations, logs numbered, and then reconstructed on the museum grounds.
     
     

Pierce

   
    Anderson Island Historical Society
andersonislandhs.org
     
    DuPont Historical Society & Museum
dupontmuseum.com
     
    Fife Historical Society
piercecountyhistory.org/FifeHS.html
     
    Foothills Historical Society
buckleychamber.org/history.htm
     
    Fox Island Historical Society
foxislandmuseum.org
     
    Gig Harbor History Museum
harborhistorymuseum.org
     
     
    Historic Tacoma
historictacoma.org

Historic Tacoma's mission is to "promote, conserve and enhance Tacoma's architectural character." We use three strategies to accomplish that mission: education, advocacy and preservation.
     
     
    Key Peninsula Historical Society
keypeninsulamuseum.org
     
    Lakewood Historical Society
lakewoodhistory.org
     
    Ezra Meeker Historical Society
meekermansion.org
     
    Points Northeast Historical Society
pnehs.dreamhosters.com/lighthouse
     
    South Hill Historical Society
southhillhistory.com
     
     
    South Pierce County Historical Society & Stage Stop Museum
spchistoricalsociety.com
253-988-0904
     
     
    The Prairie House Museum & Spanaway Historical Society
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253-536-6655
     
     
    Steilacoom Historical Museum Association
steilacoomhistorical.org
253-584-4133

The Steilacoom Historical Museum Association has had a strong influence in its mission of preservation and conservation in the Town of Steilacoom for over four decades. Each structure houses extensive collections unique to the period. The Bair store and its artifacts represent the commercial segment, the Orr home, complete with its original furnishings, depicts the pioneer family and the wagon shop, the early-day craftsman. New members are welcome to join and be part of this active organization which continues to preserve Steilacoom’s rich heritage.
     
     
    Sumner Historical Society
sumnerhistoricalsociety.com
253-299-5780

Our mission and purpose is to preserve the history of Sumner through identification, collection, preservation and display of items that tell the story of our past.
     
     
    Tacoma Historical Society & Museum
tacomahistory.org
253-472-3738

Tacoma Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and presentation of the history of the City of Tacoma and its people. We believe a community and its neighborhoods are enriched and strengthened by awareness of their unique cultural, political and social history. We strive to increase the level of this awareness for all persons who live in, visit or are curious about Tacoma. We actively collect, document and preserve artifacts related to Tacoma’s past from the period immediately preceding the location of the Delin Mill on Tacoma’s waterfront in 1852 up to the significant events of the present day. We encourage scholarship related to Tacoma’s history so that a significant legacy will be available to future generations. Tacoma Historical Society and its museum forges connections between past and present generations, fostering an appreciation of the past and a sense of place within our community’s history.
     
     
    University Place Historical Society
uphistoricalsociety.org

The University Place Historical Society is organized to create a permanent means of collect, organize, and preserve the history of the community of University Place; insure the preservation and accessibility of the records and archives of the City and its institutions, as well as its historical buildings, monuments, and markers; and provide educational opportunities for the public relating to the City's history.
     
     
    Washington State History Museum
washingtonhistory.org
253-272-3500

Founded in 1891 and now into its second century of service, the Washington State Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and vividly presenting Washington's rich and varied history. The Historical Society is comprised of a family of museums and research centers, offering a variety of services to researchers, historians, scholars, and the lifelong learners. By connecting personal, local, regional, and national stories to the universality of the human experience, and collecting materials from our state that help tell those stories, we will make the Washington State Historical Society indispensable to the people of Washington and a vital part of state government.

San Juan

     
    Orcas Island Historical Museum
orcasmuseum.org
360-376-4849

The Orcas Island Historical Society's first museum consisted of artifacts displayed on the front porch of a pioneer family's home. Property for a permanent museum site was eventually obtained in the village of Eastsound, a location the pioneer museum, and offices continue to occupy today. In the 1950s and 1960s, various island families donated six original homestead cabins during the 1870s and 1890s to the Society. Volunteers disassembled the structures at their original sites, then moved, reconstructed and linked the structures together to create the main museum facility. These cabins are now all over a hundred years old, and not only house the collections, but are considered important historical artifacts themselves. Each cabin serves as a space for interpreting specific aspects of island history as told through the life stories and material culture of the Native American and early European-American settlers of the area. The Orcas Island Historical Museum is unique in being the only object based, interpretive heritage facility for the island, with permanent collection comprised of approximately 6000 objects, paper documents photographs.
     
       
    San Juan Historical Society and Museum
sjmuseum.org
360-378-3949

The purpose of the San Juan Historical Society and its museum is to share and interpret the story of the peoples of San Juan Island. The Historical Society will assemble, collect, preserve, exhibit and make available for future generations, historical data, information and artifacts which illustrate te heritage of San Juan Island. Collections, programs and publications will provide for the enjoyment and education of residents and visitors.
     
       

Skagit

   
    Skagit County Historical Museum
skagitcounty.net
360-466-3365

Explore Skagit County’s rich and rugged heritage by touring the Skagit Legacy exhibit filled with scenes of early Skagit life from the mountains to the sea. From parlors to plows, Native American baskets to Shirley Temple dolls, the Museum galleries are overflowing with interesting and often unusual treasures of Skagit County’s vibrant past. Experience the uniqueness of life in Skagit County through adult education programs like "Skagit Topics."
     
     

Skamania

   
    Cascade Locks Historical Museum
cascadelocks.net/about-us-historical-museum.php

The Museum is located in one of three original locktender's houses, built in 1905, in the Port of Cascade Locks Marine Park. The Museum overlooks the original lock and canal built in the late 1800's. The first steam locomotive built on the Pacific Coast is on display here, the Oregon Pony Engine. At this National Historic Site you’ll find fascinating artifacts, information and photographs. A must-see if you're interested in Native Americans in the Gorge, historic waterways and locks, the once-fierce Cascade Rapids, railroads, fish wheels, sternwheelers and steamboats on the Columbia River, or Cascade Locks School history.
     
     

Snohomish

   
    Everett Museum of History
everett-museum.org
425-348-8886

The Everett Museum of History, previously the Snohomish County Museum and Historical Society, serves the City of Everett community through leadership and collaborations with local organizations and the operation of the Museum. We strive to educate all demographics about their cultural heritage and enhance the lives of youth and adults by providing educational programming that appeals to everyone. The Museum engages individuals who both have an interest in historical preservation as well as those who are new to the idea and to entertain them with new and unusual programs and exhibitions. The organization works to evolve and preserve the permanent collection, as well as evolve the idea of what a historical museum is to a community.
     
     
    Historic Everett
historiceverett.org
425-293-2767

The mission of Historic Everett is to preserve the heritage of the City of Everett through advocacy, education, and preservation. To engage in the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings, landscapes architectural artifacts, and other cultural items that reflect the heritage of Everett, in addition to offering comprehensive preservation programming in order to educate our membership and our community.
     
     
    Snohomish Historical Society
snohomishhistoricalsociety.org
360-568-5235

The Snohomish Historical Society was founded in 1969 as a non-profit corporation with the mission of "bringing together those interested in history and especially the history of Snohomish."
     
     

Spokane

   
    Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
northwestmuseum.org
509-456-3931

The Eastern Washington State Historical Society was founded in 1916 as a Washington not-for-profit corporation, and designated a trustee of the State for collecting historical documents and artifacts in 1926. The Society first received State funding in 1937, opened the privately-funded Cheney Cowles Museum in 1960, and was given Legislative authority to collect regional art in 1973. In 2001, the Society opened a new exhibit hall and changed its public name to the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture - now popularly known as the MAC. The MAC is one of Washington's five Smithsonian Affiliates and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The MAC's purpose is to inspire and foster understanding of the history, cultures, communities, commerce and art of the Inland Northwest.
     
     
    Spokane Historic Preservation Office
historicspokane.org
509-625-6543

The Spokane City/County Historic Preservation Office and the Spokane Historic Landmarks Commission are local government programs that share responsibility for the stewardship of historic and architecturally significant properties within the City of Spokane and unincorporated areas of Spokane County. This website provides information about Spokane’s historic properties and districts, as well as assistance with these important preservation tools:
The Spokane Register of Historic Places
Design Review for designated historic buildings
Local financial incentives for historic property rehabilitation
Certified Local Government programs
     
     
    Spokane Historical
spokanehistorical.org

Spokane Historical is a web and mobile platform for telling stories of Spokane and Eastern Washington. Spokane Historical is a project of the Public History program at Eastern Washington University. Spokane Historical is a free app available on your Android or iPhone smart phone or tablet.
     
     
    Spokane Preservation Advocates
spokanepreservation.org
509-344-1065

Spokane Preservation Advocates was formed in 1997 by a group of local historic preservation advocates, who believed in the value of preservation and its role in enhancing Spokane’s quality of life. These preservation pioneers saw the need for a new organization in Spokane to supplement the work of existing preservation-related groups while also providing a strong advocacy voice for preservation issues. From the very beginning, SPA has been inclusive, open to all.
     
     
    Spokane Valley Heritage Museum
valleyheritagecenter.org
509-922-4570

The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum was formed to collect, preserve and exhibit the history and culture of the Spokane Valley for the education and inspiration of the community.
     
     

Stevens

   
    Stevens County Historical Society & Fort Colville Museum
stevenscountyhistoricalsociety.org
509-684-5968

Our museum is set on a seven acre park located at 700 N Wynne St in Colville, Washington. The park is open daily for picnics and touring. The large rocks, towering ponderosa pines, and many shade trees provide a refreshing rest area. Join us at our community-inspired museum with the Museum of Indian and Pioneer Life in Stevens County; Main Street - Pioneer Shops and Stores; Keller House, 1910 Craftsman; Graves Mountain Fire Lookout Tower; Hixon Castles and Garden; Colville's First School House; Farmstead Cabin; Trappers Cabin; Pioneer Machinery Museum; Sawmill; Blacksmith Shop; and Mining Equipment - Blackjack Mine.

See a list of other Stevens County area museums here.
     
     

Thurston

   
    Olympia Historical Society
olympiahistory.org

Join us in exploring, preserving and promoting Olympia’s history. We are a non-profit membership-based organization actively engaged in researching and presenting the stories from our past to enrich the present and inform the future of Olympia. The Bigelow House Museum, owned and operated by the Society and Museum, is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the early history of Olympia and Washington Territory. It is the oldest residence in Olympia, Washington, and one of the earliest still standing in the Pacific Northwest.
     
     
    Tumwater Historical Association
tumwaterhistoricalassociation.org
360-943-6951

You, like our ancestors before us, are currently living the history of our grandchildren and their descendants. The Tumwater Historical Association (THA) provides you the opportunity to help write that history and to document the past and present for generations to come. THA will also help further the appreciation, understanding and teaching of the rich and unique history of the Tumwater area.

THA promises a year of historical, educational and fun-filled activities for the entire community. We hope you will plan to participate in some of our upcoming events. Bring the entire family, the programs are great for people of all ages.
     
     
    Washington Historical Society - Capital Museum
washingtonhistory.org/visit/scm
360-753-2580

The State Capital Museum and Outreach Center is located in the historic Lord Mansion, seven blocks south of the capital campus in Olympia. Exhibits on regional Native American history and on Olympia as Washington's capital bring area history alive. The building also houses outreach programs of the Washington State Historical Society, including the Women's History Consortium, Heritage Resource Center, National History Day, and Traveling Exhibits Service.
     
     
    Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation
dahp.wa.gov
360-586-3065

The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation is Washington State's primary agency with knowledge and expertise in historic preservation. We advocate for the preservation of Washington's irreplaceable historic and cultural resources—significant buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts—as assets for the future.
     
     

Wahkiakum

   
    Wahkiakum Historical Society Museum
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360-849-4353
     
     

Walla Walla

   
    Fort Walla Walla Museum
fortwallawallamuseum.org
509-525-7703


The Fort Walla Walla Museum's mission is to Discover, Preserve, and Share Walla Walla Regional Heritage. Walla Walla has long been known as the “Cradle of Pacific Northwest History.” By creating connections with this history, Fort Walla Walla Museum provides a sense of belonging to both long-term local residents and families that move to the area. The Museum strives to continue to learn about the region’s heritage, to share this heritage through exhibits, events, publications, and other programs, and to keep it safe for future generations.
     
     
    Kirkman House Museum
kirkmanhousemuseum.org
509-529-4373

Visit one of Walla Walla’s oldest mansions turned museum and learn
how a young textile salesman from England made his fortune in America’s Wild West. William and Isabelle Kirkman became pillars of the community and completed this grand home in 1880. Today it is a place to tell their story and that of early Walla Walla through permanent and temporary exhibits and events. The home is populated with family heirlooms and period pieces to illustrate daily Victorian life. Guided and self-guided tours are available.
     
     
    Waitsburg Historical Society & House Museums
waitsburghistoricalsociety.org
509-337-6157

The Waitsburg Historical Society is located in the award-winning small town of Waitsburg, Washington. Our Mission is to preserve the history and memorabilia of the Touchet River Valley between the town of Dayton and the region known as Lamar. We own and maintain the Bruce House, Wilson-Phillips House, and the Carriage House.
     
     

Whatcom

   
    Whatcom County Historical Society
whatcomhistory.net

The Whatcom County Historical Society was founded to assist Bellingham City Museum to fulfill its function of education and pleasure for residents of and visitors to this community. The business and purpose of this (WCHS) Society is to bring together people interested in history, especially in the history of Whatcom County, Washington. This purpose shall be carried out by various means, which may include: disseminating historical information and arousing interest in the past by holding meetings with addresses, lectures, papers, and discussion; by marking historic buildings, sites, and trails; by publishing historical material; by establishing temporary and permanent displays which may help to illustrate and interpret the exploration, settlement, and development of the region; and by using all available forms of media to increase public awareness.
     
     
    Whatcom Museum
whatcommuseum.org
360-778-8930

We are committed to serving as both a community magnet and regional destination for cultural experiences rooted in art, nature and northwest history. As part of our vision to connect people to new ideas, old traditions and each other, visitors take part in a vast range of programs and exhibitions designed to get us all thinking about our changing cultural, natural and historical landscapes. The goal? Build strong art muscles. Understand our shared heritage. Stretch minds, inspire preservation and stoke creativity in the name of sustaining Bellingham at its best.

The Whatcom Museum is a non-profit organization operated jointly by the City of Bellingham and the Whatcom Museum Foundation. Our collection contains more than 200,000 artifacts and art works of regional importance, including a vast photographic archive. The Whatcom Museum is accredited nationally by the American Association of Museums and is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate.
     
     

Whitman

   
    Whitman County Historical Society
whitmancountyhistoricalsociety.org

Organized in 1972, the 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. 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

   
    The Northern Pacific Railway Museum
nprymuseum.org

The Yakima Valley Rail and Steam Museum Association was incorporated to promote the preservation, display and operation of railroad equipment. The primary objective is for the education of the public regarding the importance of the railroad to our history and the ongoing role of transportation in our infrastructure.
     
     
    Yakima Valley Museum
yakimavalleymuseum.org
509-248-0747

This Yakima Valley Museum, located in Yakima’s beautiful Franklin Park, offers historical exhibits on the Yakima Valley—its natural history, Plateau cultural objects, pioneer life, early city life, and the roots and development of the Valley’s fruit industry. The museum has a superb collection of horse-drawn vehicles, from stagecoach to hearse; an historical exhibit and reconstruction of the Washington D.C. office of former Yakima resident and environmentalist, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas; and a changing schedule of special exhibitions.