List of museums in Washington

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This list of museums in Washington state encompasses museums defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included. Defunct museums are listed in a separate section.

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NameTown/CityCountyRegionArea of studySummary
911 Media Arts CenterSeattleKingPuget SoundArtDigital media art gallery
Aberdeen Museum of HistoryAberdeenGrays HarborSouthwestHistory - Localwebsite
Admiralty Head LighthouseCoupevilleIslandPuget SoundMsritimeLocated in Fort Casey State Park
Alaska Packers Association Cannery MuseumBlaineWhatcomNorthwestMaritimewebsite, includes a restored Bristol Bay sailboat, Alaska Packers' Association and fish cannery exhibits, located in Semiahmoo Park
Alder Creek Pioneer Carousel MuseumBickletonKlickitatCentralAmusementCollection of carousel horses, open once a year[1]
Alpowai Interpretive CenterClarkstonAsotinEasternHistorywebsite, exhibits on meeting of Lewis and Clark and the Nez Perce Indians
America's Car MuseumTacomaPiercePuget SoundTransportation - AutomobilesAlso known as LeMay - America's Car Museum, includes over 300 collector cars on the grounds of the former Marymount Military Academy
American Hop MuseumToppenishYakimaCentralAgriculturewebsite, history and future of hops cultivation
Anacortes History MuseumAnacortesSkagitNorthwestHistory - Localwebsite, exhibits include Native Americans and early settlers, fishing and logging industries, changing exhibits; located in a Carnegie Library building; also operates the Anacortes Maritime Heritage Center
Anacortes Maritime Heritage CenterAnacortesSkagitNorthwestMaritimeExhibits about the adjacent drydocked WT Preston sternwheeler and other snagboats
Ansorge HotelCurlewFerryEasternHistoric siteEarly 20th century period hotel in a ghost town
Antique Car & Truck MuseumCurlewFerryEasternTransportationCars, trucks, antique farm machinery and a blacksmith shop[2]
Arthur Foss (tugboat)SeattleKingPuget SoundMaritimeTugboat museum ship located in Lake Union Park
Asotin County MuseumAsotinAsotinEasternOpen airwebsite, complex includes main museum with local history displays, pioneer house, sheepherder's cabin, one room schoolhouse, log cabin, barge, barn, blacksmith shop and Tipi
Aurora Valentinetti Puppet MuseumBremertonKitsapPuget SoundPuppetrywebsite, part of the Evergreen Children's Theatre
Bainbridge Island Historical Society MuseumBainbridge IslandKitsapPuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite, located in a 1908 schoolhouse
Bellevue Arts MuseumBellevueKingPuget SoundArtChanging exhibits of art, craft and design
Bellingham Maritime MuseumBellinghamWhatcomNorthwestMaritimewebsite, exhibits include area canning company, fishing industry, shipyards, ship models, amphibious vehicles, boats, maritime artifacts
Bellingham Railway MuseumBellinghamWhatcomNorthwestRailroadIncludes model train layout, railroad memorabilia, lanterns, train simulator, models of antique logging equipment
Benton County Historical MuseumProsserBentonCentralHistory - Localwebsite, includes antique clothing, furniture, dishes and glassware, quilts
Big Bend Historical Society MuseumWilburLincolnEasternHistory - LocalLocated in a former church, antiques, gems and minerals, military items, toys and dolls, farm implements, furniture, bottles, radios[3][4][5]
Bigelow House MuseumOlympiaThurstonPuget SoundHistoric house1850s house with original documents, artifacts, and furnishings
Bing Crosby MuseumSpokaneSpokaneEasternBiographywebsite, at Gonzaga University, memorabilia of singer and movie star Bing Crosby
Black Diamond MuseumBlack DiamondKingPuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite, operated by the Black Diamond Historical Society in a historic depot
Blackman House MuseumSnohomishSnohomishPuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite, operated by the Snohomish Historical Society, late 19th-century house
Boldman House MuseumDaytonColumbiaEasternHistoric housewebsite, operated by the Dayton Historical Depot Society, Victorian period house
Bothell Historical MuseumBothellKingPuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite
Breazeale Interpretive CenterAnacortesSkagitNorthwestNatural historyNatural history and ecology of the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Browns Point Lighthouse ParkBrowns PointPiercePuget SoundMaritimeIncludes the History Center, Boat House Museum and tours of the lighthouse
Bruce Memorial MuseumWaitsburgWalla WallaEasternHistory - Localwebsite, operated by the Waitsburg Historical Society, also tours of the adjacent Victorian-period Wilson-Phillips House
Burke Museum of Natural History and CultureSeattleKingPuget SoundNatural historyPart of the University of Washington, includes fossils, natural history dioramas, Native American artifacts, Pacific Rim cultures exhibit, gems and minerals
Camlann Medieval VillageCarnationKingPuget SoundLivingRecreates rural life in England in 1376
Carpenter House MuseumCle ElumKittitasCentralHistoric housewebsite, 1914 Victorian mansion, operated by the Northern Kittitas County Historical Society, includes High Country Artists art gallery
Cashmere Museum and Pioneer VillageCashmereChelanCentralOpen airwebsite, operated by the Chelan County Historical Society, complex include museum with local history, Native American, archaeology and natural history displays, pioneer village with 20 structures
Cedar Creek Grist MillWoodlandClarkSouthwestMillWorking late 19th century water-powered grist mill
Center for Wooden BoatsSeattleKingPuget SoundMaritimeHistoric wooden sailboats, rowboats and other boats
Center on Contemporary ArtSeattleKingPuget SoundArtwebsite
Central Washington Agricultural MuseumUnion GapYakimaCentralAgriculturewebsite, information, open for special events with agriculture equipment displays and demonstrations
Charles R. Conner MuseumPullmanWhitmanEasternNatural historywebsite, part of Washington State University in Abelson Hall, displays over 700 mounts of birds and mammals
Chehalis–Centralia RailroadChehalisLewisSouthwestRailroadHeritage railroad and museum
Chelan MuseumChelanChelanCentralHistory - Localwebsite, operated by the Lake Chelan Historical Society
Cheney Historical MuseumCheneySpokaneEasternHistory - Localwebsite, history of the Four Lakes, Marshall, Cheney, Tyler, and Amber districts
Chewelah MuseumChewelahStevensEasternHistory - Localwebsite
Children's Museum of Skagit CountyBurlingtonSkagitNorthwestChildren'swebsite
Children's Museum of TacomaTacomaPiercePuget SoundChildren'swebsite
Children's Museum of Walla WallaWalla WallaWalla WallaEasternChildren'swebsite
The Children's Museum, SeattleSeattleKingPuget SoundChildren'sLocated in the Seattle Center
Clark County Historical MuseumVancouverClarkSouthwestHistory - LocalOperated by the Clark County Historical Society
Clymer MuseumEllensburgKittitasCentralArtwebsite, works of John Clymer and other regional artists
Coast Guard Museum NorthwestSeattleKingPuget SoundMilitaryIncludes U.S. Coast Guard ship models, uniforms, photos and artifacts
Coastal Interpretive CenterOcean ShoresGrays HarborSouthwestMultiplewebsite, natural history, ecology, local history, Native Americans
Colbert House MuseumIlwacoPacificSouthwestHistoric houseOpen by appointment, late 19th-century house
Columbia Pacific Heritage MuseumIlwacoPacificSouthwestHistory - Localwebsite, formerly the Ilwaco Heritage Museuum
Colville Tribal MuseumCoulee DamDouglasEasternEthnic - Native American[6][3]
Commanding Officer’s QuartersPort TownsendJeffersonOlympic PeninsulaMilitaryPart of Fort Worden State Park, operated by the Jefferson County Historical Society
Conconully MuseumConconullyOkanoganCentralHistory - LocalOperated by the Conconully Area Historical Association[7]
Concrete Heritage MuseumConcreteSkagitNorthwestHistory - Localwebsite, formerly the Camp 7 Museum, exhibits include logging, cement plants, miners, a cook shack, household items, construction of the Baker River Dam and other dams
Corbin Art CenterSpokaneSpokaneEasternArtwebsite, includes an exhibit gallery
Cougar Mountain ZooIssaquahKingPuget SoundNatural historyIncludes wildlife museum, bronze animal sculptures, animal and nature art
Cowlitz County Historical MuseumKelsoCowlitzSouthwestHistory - LocalCounty history[8]
Crosby HouseTumwaterThurstonPuget SoundHistoric housewebsite, mid 19th-century period house
CWU Museum of Culture & EnvironmentEllensburgKittitasCentralAnthropologywebsite, part of Central Washington University, formerly the Museum of Man, includes large collection of Native American artifacts
D. O. Pearson House MuseumStanwoodSnohomishPuget SoundHistoric housewebsite, operated by the Stanwood Area Historical Society, late 19th-century Victorian period house
Dayton Historic DepotDaytonColumbiaEasternHistory - Localwebsite, operated by the Dayton Historical Depot Society, includes an art gallery
Daybreak Star Cultural CenterSeattleKingPuget SoundArtNative American art gallery
Discovery VillageGig HarborPiercePuget SoundChildren's
DuPont MuseumDuPontPiercePuget SoundHistory - LocalExhibits include former DuPont Company and impact on region, Fort Nisqually, period home, village and school displays
East Benton County Historical MuseumKennewickBentonCentralHistory - Localwebsite, themes include agriculture, military, transportation, education; operated by the East Benton County Historical Society
Eastside Heritage CenterBellevueKingPuget SoundHistory - LocalDisplays are located around the county
Edmonds Historical MuseumEdmondsSnohomishPuget SoundHistory - LocalCity history and culture
Experience Music ProjectSeattleKingPuget SoundMusicIncludes Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, includes rock & roll and popular music memorabilia, interactive exhibits
Ferndale Pioneer ParkFerndaleWhatcomNorthwestOpen airwebsite, operated by the Ferndale Heritage Society, relocated log houses and other structures
Ferry County Historical CenterRepublicFerryEasternHistory - Localwebsite, operated by the Ferry County Historical Society
Flying Heritage CollectionEverettSnohomishPuget SoundAviationRestored WWII aircraft
Foothills Historical Society & MuseumBuckleyPiercePuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite
Forest Learning CenterMount St. Helens National Volcanic MonumentCowlitzSouthwestNatural historywebsite, operated by Weyerhauser. located inside the blast zone of the May 18, 1980 eruption at Mount St. Helens, effects of the blast and logging recovery efforts[9]
Forks Timber MuseumForksClallamOlympic PeninsulaIndustry - Timberwebsite, tools, logging equipment, bunkhouse display, homesteading, farming and logging in the Pacific Northwest
Fort Columbia State ParkChinookPacificSouthwestMilitaryOriginal U.S. Army Coastal Artillery fort buildings and batteries, active from 1896 to 1947, interpretive center
Fort Flagler State ParkMarrowstoneJeffersonOlympic PeninsulaMilitaryHistory and artifacts from the 20th-century fort
Fort Nisqually Living History MuseumTacomaPiercePuget SoundFort - Living history19th century living history fort
Fort Okanogan Interpretive CenterBrewsterOkanoganCentralHistoryHistory of the former early 19th century fur trading post
Fort Simcoe State ParkWhite SwanYakimaCentralMilitary1850s fort with restored officer's houses and a visitor center with exhibits
Fort Spokane Museum and Visitor CenterDavenportLincolnEasternMilitarywebsite, part of Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, late 19th-century Indian Frontier fort and later Indian boarding school
Fort SteilacoomSteilacoomPiercePuget SoundMilitaryDisplays artifacts and history of the fort, open for special events and living history re-enactments
Fort Vancouver National Historic SiteVancouverClarkSouthwestMilitary19th century fur trading outpost with living history demonstrations
Fort Walla Walla MuseumWalla WallaWalla WallaEasternHistory - Living historyIncludes open air pioneer village, exhibit halls with military, agriculture, and history exhibits, also living history programs
Fox Island MuseumFox IslandPiercePuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite
Frank R. Burroughs Home MuseumRitzvilleAdamsEasternHistoric houseTurn-of-the century period house
Franklin County Historical MuseumPascoFranklinEasternHistory - Localwebsite, themes include North American Indian artifacts, Lewis and Clark's corps of discovery, railroads, agriculture, irrigation, ferries & bridges, naval air base, healthcare; operated by the Franklin County Historical Society
Frye Art MuseumSeattleKingPuget SoundArtPainting and sculpture from the nineteenth century to the present
Furford Cranberry Picker MuseumGraylandGrays HarborSouthwestAgricultureCranberry industry equipment and materials[10][11]
Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing TourMukilteoSnohomishPuget SoundAerospaceCommercial jet aviation and future airplane designs
Garfield County MuseumPomeroyGarfieldEasternHistory - Localwebsite
Georgetown PowerPlant MuseumSeattleKingPuget SoundTechnology
Gilman Town Hall MuseumIssaquahKingPuget SoundHistory - Local
Ginkgo Petrified Forest State ParkVantageKittitasCentralNatural historyPetrified wood found in the park
Gorge Heritage MuseumBingenKlickitatCentralHistory - Localwebsite, operated by the West Klickitat County Historical Society, tools, clothing, furnishings, photos
Granite Falls Historical MuseumGranite FallsSnohomishPuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite, operated by the Granite Falls Historical Society
Grant County Historic Museum and VillageEphrataGrantCentralOpen airIncludes one room school house, pioneer homestead with outbuildings, an old-time saloon, blacksmith shop, pioneer line cabin, a print shop, and a camera shop[12][13]
Hands On Children's MuseumOlympiaThurstonPuget SoundChildren's
Hanford Reach Interpretive CenterRichlandBentonCentralMultiplewebsite, geology and natural history of the Hanford Reach National Monument, history of the Hanford Site and Manhattan Project, timeline of the Federal Columbia River Power System, area history
Harbor History MuseumGig HarborPiercePuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite, formerly Gig Harbor Peninsula History Museum, area history, culture, maritime heritage
Henry Art GallerySeattleKingPuget SoundArtThe art museum of the University of Washington, includes contemporary art, photography, 19th-century art, Japanese and West Coast ceramics, costumes and textiles
Heritage Flight MuseumBurlingtonSkagitNorthwestAviationRestored flying World War II, Korean and Vietnam era aircraft
Heritage ParkLynnwoodSnohomishPuget SoundLocal historyIncludes Alderwood Manor Heritage Cottage and Wickers Museum[14]
History House of Greater SeattleSeattleKingPuget SoundHistory - LocalHistory and heritage of Seattle and its neighborhoods
Hunters MuseumHuntersStevensEasternHistory - Local
Hydroplane & Raceboat MuseumKentKingPuget SoundSportswebsite, history of the sport of hydroplane racing
Imagine Children's MuseumEverettSnohomishPuget SoundChildren's museumwebsite
Island County Historical Society MuseumWhidbey IslandIslandPuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite
Issaquah Depot MuseumIssaquahKingPuget SoundHistory - LocalDisplays include industrial revolution, travel, communication, early economic development of Issaquah
Jack Straw New Media GallerySeattleKingPuget SoundArtwebsite, non-profit multidisciplinary audio arts center
Jansen Art CenterLyndenWhatcomNorthwestArtwebsite, community art center with exhibit gallery
Jefferson Museum of Art & HistoryPort TownsendJeffersonOlympic PeninsulaHistory - Localwebsite
Job Carr Cabin MuseumTacomaPiercePuget SoundHistoric housewebsite, replica cabin of Tacoma's first Euro American settler
Johnson Farm MuseumAnderson IslandPiercePuget SoundFarmwebsite, operated by the Anderson Island Historical Society, farm homestead and outbuildings
Jundt Art MuseumSpokaneSpokaneEasternArtwebsite, at Gonzaga University, changing exhibits
Karpeles Manuscript Library MuseumTacomaPiercePuget SoundLibraryChanging exhibits of historic documents from its collections
Karshner MuseumPuyallupPiercePuget SoundMultipleAlso known as the Paul H. Karshner Memorial Museum, includes natural history items, Native American and world culture artifacts, owned by a local school district
Keller Heritage Center Museum and ParkColvilleStevensEasternOpen airwebsite, operated by the Stevens County Historical Society, includes museum with Native American, pioneer, Main Street stores and local history displays, Keller House of 1910, Graves Mt. Lookout Tower, schoolhouse, cabins, pioneer machinery museum, sawmill, blacksmith shop, mining equipment
Kettle Falls Historical CenterKettle FallsStevensEasternHistory - localwebsite
Kids Discovery MuseumBainbridge IslandKitsapPuget SoundChildren'swebsite, also known as KiDiMu
KidsQuest Children's MuseumBellevueKingPuget SoundChildren's
Kirkman House MuseumWalla WallaWalla WallaEasternHistoric houseVictorian period house
Kitsap County Historical Society MuseumBremertonKitsapPuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite, includes period household and store displays, exhibits of a school, a fire department, Native American life, the lumber industry, shipbuilding, and a clock collection
Kittitas County Historical MuseumEllensburgKittitasCentralHistory - Localwebsite, includes pioneer, Native American, business, and military displays, exhibits of an antique car collection, doll collection, and rock and mineral collection
Kittredge GalleryTacomaPiercePuget SoundArtwebsite, part of the University of Puget Sound, contemporary art
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical ParkSeattleKingPuget SoundHistorySeattle's role in the Klondike Gold Rush
La Conner Quilt & Textile MuseumLa ConnerSkagitNorthwestTextilewebsite, quilts and textiles from local, national, and international artists; located in the historic Gaches Mansion
Lake Stevens MuseumLake StevensSnohomishPuget SoundHistory - LocalIncludes local history displays in a former general store and adjacent 1920s-era Paul & Bertha Grimm House[15]
Larson GalleryYakimaYakimaCentralArtPart of Yakima Valley Community College
Leavenworth Nutcracker MuseumLeavenworthChelanCentralCommodity - NutcrackerFeatures over 5,000 nutcrackers originating from over 40 countries
Lelooska MuseumArielCowlitzSouthwestEthnic - Native Americanwebsite, collections include baskets, parfleches, corn husk bags, dolls, spoons, cradles, moccasins, tomahawks, pipes, pipe bags, dresses, a 15-foot birch bark canoe and a replica fur trade store
Lewis and Clark Interpretive CenterIlwacoPacificSouthwestHistoryLocated in Cape Disappointment State Park, story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, also park cultural, military, maritime and natural history
Lewis Army MuseumFort LewisPiercePuget SoundMilitaryHistory of Fort Lewis and the military units that served there
Lewis County Historical MuseumChehalisLewisSouthwestHistory - Localwebsite
Lincoln County MuseumDavenportLincolnEasternHistory - LocalOperated by the Davenport Historical Society, county history and culture[3]
Log Cabin MuseumPort OrchardKitsapPuget SoundHistoric housewebsite, operated by the Sidney Museum and Arts Association, features exhibits of home life in the South Kitsap area during the past 100 years
Longmire MuseumLongmirePiercePuget SoundMultiplewebsite, at the Longmire Visitor's Center in Mount Rainier National Park, exhibits on the park's history, geology, wildlife and Native Americans
Loon Lake MuseumLoon LakeStevensEasternHistory - Localwebsite, located in a former school
Lopez Island Historical Society MuseumLopez IslandSan JuanSan Juan IslandsHistory - Localwebsite
Lower Columbia College Art GalleryLongviewCowlitzSouthwestArtLocated in the Rose Center for the Arts[16]
Lynden Pioneer MuseumLyndenWhatcomNorthwestHistory - Localwebsite, includes a life-size replica of Lynden's downtown, a full size farmhouse circa 1900, many vintage buggies, cars and tractors, agriculture equipment
Makah MuseumNeah BayClallamOlympic PeninsulaEthnic - Native AmericanArtifacts and life of pre-contact Makah people
Martinson CabinPoulsboKitsapPuget SoundHistoric houseOperated by the Poulsbo Historical Society in Nelson Park, Norwegian immigrant family home[17]
Maryhill Museum of ArtGoldendaleKlickitatCentralArtCollections includes 20th-century European art, Native American artifacts, sculptures and art by Auguste Rodin, furniture and decorative art
McAllister Museum of AviationYakimaYakimaCentralAviationwebsite
McChord Air MuseumMcChord Air Force BasePiercePuget SoundAviationwebsite
Meeker MansionPuyallupPiercePuget SoundHistoric housewebsite
Mobius KidsSpokaneSpokaneEasternChildren'swebsite
Mobius Science CenterSpokaneSpokaneEasternSciencewebsite, themes include flight and engineering, space, human body, fluid dynamics, sound, physics
Molson School MuseumMolsonOkanoganCentralHistory - LocalPioneer, farming, mining and school life in a historic school[18]
Monarch Contemporary Art Center and Sculpture ParkOlympiaThurstonPuget SoundArtArt center with gallery and 80-acre outdoor sculpture park
Monroe Historical MuseumMonroeSnohomishPuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite, operated by the Monroe Historical Society
Moses Lake Museum and Art CenterMoses LakeGrantCentralMultipleIncludes Native American artifacts, local and natural history displays, changing exhibits of art, operated by the City in the Moses Lake Civic Center[19]
Mount St Helens Creation CenterSilverlakeCowlitzSouthwestReligiousCreationist displays
Mount St. Helens - Johnston Ridge ObservatoryToutleCowlitzSouthwestNatural historyClosest view of the mountain, geology of the volcano, the eruption and the recovery of the area's plant and animal life
Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Silver LakeSilverlakeCowlitzSouthwestNatural historyGeology of the volcano, the eruption and the recovery of the area's plant and animal life, operated by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Mukilteo LightMukilteoSnohomishPuget SoundMaritimeLighthouse tours, maritime and local history exhibits
Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness ValleySequimClallamOlympic PeninsulaHistory / ArtChanging exhibits of local art and history
Museum at the CarnegiePort AngelesClallamOlympic PeninsulaHistory - Localwebsite, operated by the Clallam County Historical Society
Museum of CommunicationsSeattleKingPuget SoundTechnologyFormerly known as the Vintage Telephone Equipment Museum, located in Georgetown, Seattle, historic telephone equipment
Museum of FlightTukwilaKingPuget SoundAerospaceIncludes commercial and military aircraft, space vehicles, science of flight
Museum of GlassTacomaPiercePuget SoundArtFocus is 20th- and 21st-century glass
Museum of History and IndustrySeattleKingPuget SoundHistoryWashington's history and culture
Museum of Northwest ArtLa ConnerSkagitNorthwestArtFocus is Northwest School art movement
Museum of the ColumbiaRocky Reach DamChelanCentralHistorywebsite, located at the Rocky Reach Dam powerhouse, exhibits include settlers and Native Americans, steam boaters, lumbermen, railroaders
Museum of the North BeachMoclipsGrays HarborSouthwestHistory - Localwebsite, operated by the Moclips-by-the-Sea Historical Society
Naval Undersea MuseumKeyportKitsapPuget SoundMaritimeExhibits include the ocean environment, torpedoes, mine warfare, diving equipment, submarines
New Dungeness LighthouseSequimClallamOlympic PeninsulaMaritimeTours of the working lighthouse
Nordic Heritage MuseumSeattleKingPuget SoundEthnic - NordicHeritage of Seattle's Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish immigrants
North Clark Historical MuseumAmboyClarkSouthwestHistory - Localwebsite
Northern Pacific Railway MuseumToppenishYakimaCentralRailroadIncludes Northern Pacific Railway memorabilia and a full-scale 1930 vintage Northern Pacific freight train
North Spokane Farm MuseumDeer ParkSpokaneEasternAgriculturewebsite, farm equipment and machinery, tools, period room displays
Northwest African American MuseumSeattleKingPuget SoundEthnic - African AmericanAfrican American heritage in the Northwest
Northwest Carriage MuseumRaymondPacificSouthwestTransportation - Carriagewebsite, 19th century horse-drawn vehicles
Northwest Museum of Arts and CultureSpokaneSpokaneEasternMultipleVisual art, American Indian and other cultures, regional history, historic Campbell House; formerly the Cheney Cowles Memorial Museum / Eastern Washington State History Museum
Northwest Railway MuseumSnoqualmieKingPuget SoundRailroadLocated in a depot, includes railway cars and locomotives, artifacts and memorabilia
Northwest SeaportSeattleKingPuget SoundMaritimeIncludes the Arthur Foss tugboat and offers education programs
Of Sea & Shore MuseumPort GambleKitsapPuget SoundNatural historyFocus is shells, mollusks and other invertebrates, located on the 2nd floor of the Port Gamble General Store and Cafe[20]
Okanogan County Historical MuseumOkanoganOkanoganCentralHistory - LocalOperated by the Okanogan County Historical Society[18]
Old Molson MuseumMolsonOkanoganCentralOpen airReassembled pioneer town of early 20th-century buildings, includes a bank, assay office, two homestead cabins and farm machinery[21]
Olmstead Place State ParkEllensburgKittitasCentralFarmIncludes a working pioneer farm with 1875 log cabin, 1908 furnished farmhouse and outbuildings
Olympic Flight MuseumOlympiaThurstonPuget SoundAviationRestored vintage military aircraft and helicopters
Orcas Island Historical MuseumEastsoundSan JuanSan Juan IslandsHistory - Localwebsite, late 19th-century homestead cabins displaying the life stories and material culture of the Native American and early European-American settlers
Oroville Train Depot MuseumOrovilleOkanoganCentralHistory - LocalOperated by the Okanogan Borderlands Historical Society[22][23]
Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation MuseumLong BeachPacificSouthwestFoodwebsite, cranberry farming and cranberries
Pacific County MuseumSouth BendPacificSouthwestHistory - LocalOperated by the Pacific County Historical Society[24]
Pacific Science CenterSeattleKingPuget SoundScienceExhibits include health, dinosaurs, space, human body, Puget Sound, technology
Palouse Discovery Science CenterPullmanWhitmanEasternSciencewebsite
Palus Artifact MuseumDaytonColumbiaEasternEthnic - Native AmericanCollection of locally found artifacts from the Palouse Indian tribe, also native plants[25]
Pearson Air MuseumVancouverClarkSouthwestAviation
Pend Oreille County MuseumNewportPend OreilleEasternOpen airwebsite, complex includes local history museum, schoolhouse, two cabins, a fire lookout, equipment shed with tools, farm machinery, a washing machine display, and a logging camp bunkhouse replica, and a caboose
Perkins HouseColfaxWhitmanEasternHistoric housewebsite, Victorian period house, operated by the Whitman County Historical Society, also known as the James A. Perkins House
Photographic Center NorthwestSeattleKingPuget SoundArtwebsite, includes a contemporary photography gallery
Pioneer Farm Museum & Ohop Indian VillageEatonvillePiercePuget SoundLiving history - Farm - Native Americanwebsite, 1880s pioneer village and Native American village
Point No Point LighthouseHansvilleKitsapPuget SoundMaritimeLighthouse to tour
Polson MuseumGrays HarborGrays HarborSouthwestHistory - Localwebsite, mansion houses local history displays including logging, sports, clothing, toys, china, Native American artifacts, period roomsnately, our kitchenware offers no food.
Pomeroy Living History FarmYacoltClarkSouthwestLiving history - FarmDepicts early 20th century and modern domestic and farm life
Port Angeles Fine Arts CenterPort AngelesClallamOlympic PeninsulaArtwebsite, exhibits of contemporary visual art in all media, also outdoor art displayed in Webster’s Woods Art Park
Port Gamble Historic MuseumPort GambleKitsapPuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite, includes period room displays,located on the 1st floor of the Port Gamble General Store and Cafe[26]
Port Townsend Aero MuseumPort TownsendJeffersonOlympic PeninsulaAviationAntique and classic aircraft, located at Jefferson County International Airport
Port Townsend Marine Science CenterPort TownsendJeffersonOlympic PeninsulaNatural history / Aquariumwebsite, coastal environment and natural history
Poulsbo Historical Society MuseumPoulsboKitsapPuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite
Poulsbo Marine Science CenterPoulsboKitsapPuget SoundNatural historywebsite, marine life and ecosystems
Puget Sound Coast Artillery MuseumPort TownsendJeffersonOlympic PeninsulaMilitaryHistory of Fort Worden, coast artillery history and the harbor defenses of Puget Sound
Puget Sound Navy MuseumBremertonKitsapPuget SoundMaritimeNaval heritage of the Pacific Northwest including the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, USS John C. Stennis and more
Quilcene Historical MuseumQuilceneJeffersonOlympic PeninsulaHistory - Local
Renton History MuseumRentonKingPuget SoundHistory - LocalCity history and culture
Ritzville Railroad Depot MuseumRitzvilleAdamsEasternRailroadwebsite, Northern Pacific Railroad depot with railroad and turn-of-the-century historic displays
Robert P Worthman Anatomy MuseumPullmanWhitmanEasternNatural historywebsite, anatomy specimens of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University
Roslyn MuseumRoslynKittitasCentralHistory - Localwebsite, history of the former coal mining town
Rothschild HousePort TownsendJeffersonOlympic PeninsulaHistoric houseOperated by the Jefferson County Historical Society, 19th century period house
Roy M. Chatters Newspaper and Printing MuseumPalouseWhitmanEasternMediawebsite, operated by the Whitman County Historical Society, open by appointment, historic printing equipment
Ryan House MuseumSumnerPiercePuget SoundHistoric houseOperated by the Sumner Historical Society, 1890's-period house with displays of local history
Sacajawea Interpretive CenterPascoFranklinEasternHistoryLocated in Sacajawea State Park, history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Sacajawea, and prehistoric Native American artifacts
San Juan Historical MuseumFriday HarborSan JuanSan Juan IslandsHistory - Localwebsite, operated by the San Juan Historical Society
San Juan Island National Historical ParkFriday HarborSan JuanSan Juan IslandsMilitarySites of the British and U.S. Armies' camps during the mid 19th-century Pig War
San Juan Islands Museum of ArtFriday HarborSan JuanSan Juan IslandsArtwebsite, visual art with an emphasis on art from northwestern United States and southwestern Canada
Sand Man TugboatOlympiaThurstonPuget SoundMaritimewebsite, restored early 20th-century tugboat museum ship
Sarah Spurgeon GalleryEllensburgKittitasCentralArtwebsite, part of Central Washington University
Scandinavian Cultural CenterTacomaPiercePuget SoundEthnicwebsite, part of Pacific Lutheran University, heritage, history, and culture of Scandinavia
Science Fiction Museum and Hall of FameSeattleKingPuget SoundHall of fame - Science fictionHoused at Experience Music Project, includes memorabilia, posters, and interactive displays
Seattle Art MuseumSeattleKingPuget SoundArt3 facilities: main museum with diverse collections, Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park
Seattle Asian Art MuseumSeattleKingPuget SoundArtAsian art, facility of the Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Metropolitan Police MuseumSeattleKingPuget SoundLaw enforcementHistory of policing in the Pacific Northwest
Sedro-Woolley MuseumSedro-WoolleySkagitNorthwestHistory - Localwebsite, exhibits include model train layout, blacksmith, bank, town hall, dentist, stable, coal mine, hospital, saloon, general store, garage, and telephone operator displays
Shafer MuseumWinthropOkanoganCentralOpen airwebsite, pioneer complex includes a log house with pioneer household items, 1890s general store, ladies shop with dolls and clothing, mining machinery, a print shop and a school house
Shanaman Sports MuseumTacomaPiercePuget SoundSportswebsite, Washington state professional, college, high school and amateur sports teams and people
Shoreline Historical MuseumShorelineKingPuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite
Sidney MuseumPort OrchardKitsapPuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite, operated by Sidney Museum and Arts Association, original Masonic Hall in Port Orchard and on the National Historic Register, features period displays of a general store, school, doctor's office and hardware store
Skagit County Historical MuseumLa ConnerSkagitNorthwestHistory - Localwebsite
Slater Museum of Natural HistoryTacomaPiercePuget SoundNatural historywebsite, part of the University of Puget Sound, research museum with public displays
Snoqualmie Valley Historical MuseumNorth BendKingPuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite, includes pioneer and logging artifacts
South Cle Elum DepotCle ElumKittitasCentralRailroadLocated in Iron Horse State Park
SPARK Museum of Electrical InventionBellinghamWhatcomNorthwestTechnologyDevelopment and use of electricity, radio and the related inventions
Spokane House Interpretive CenterNine Mile FallsSpokaneEasternHistoryLocated in Riverside State Park, open on weekends in summer, history of the fur trading post, military, Spokane Indians, pioneers
Spokane Valley Heritage MuseumSpokane ValleySpokaneEasternHistory - Local
Squaxin Island Tribe Museum Library and Research CenterSquaxin IslandMasonSouthwestEthnic - Native Americanwebsite, history and culture of the Squaxin Island Tribe
Stanwood Area History MuseumStanwoodSnohomishPuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite, operated by the Standwood Area Historical Society
State Capital MuseumOlympiaThurstonPuget SoundHistorywebsite, state history and culture, Native Americans, operated by the Washington State Historical Society
Steilacoom Tribal Cultural Center & MuseumSteilacoomPiercePuget SoundEthnic - Native AmericanLocated in a building erected in 1902 to house the Oberlin Congregational Church.[27]
Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer MuseumArlingtonSnohomishPuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite, homestead artifacts including photos, household items, logging, dairy, military, railroad, sports, medical, education, transportation music
Stonerose Interpretive Center and Fossil SiteRepublicFerryEasternNatural historyEocene Epoch fossil site of insects, fish, leaves and twigs, bird feathers
Sunnyside Historical MuseumSunnysideYakimaCentralHistory - Localwebsite, info
Suquamish MuseumSuquamishKitsapPuget SoundEthnic - Native AmericanHistory and culture of the Puget Sound Salish Tribes
Tacoma Art MuseumTacomaPiercePuget SoundArtCollection includes American, European, and Asian art, highlighting Northwest artists, and traveling national and international exhibitions
Tacoma History MuseumTacomaPiercePuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite, operated by the Tacoma Historical Society
Tacoma Pioneer Telephone MuseumTacomaPiercePuget SoundTechnologywebsite
Telephone MuseumCle ElumKittitasCentralTechnologywebsite, history of telephone technology from 1901 to 1970, coal mining artifacts, operated by the Northern Kittitas County Historical Society
Tenino Depot MuseumTeninoThurstonPuget SoundHistory - LocalLocated in a depot, open on weekend afternoons
Thorp MillThorpKittitasCentralMillRestored grist mill
Two Rivers Heritage MuseumWashougalClarkSouthwestHistory - Localwebsite, operated by the Camas-Washougal Historical Society
USS Turner Joy Museum ShipBremertonKitsapPuget SoundMaritimeNavy destroyer from the Vietnam War
Verlot Ranger Station-Public Service CenterGranite FallsSnohomishPuget SoundNatural historyVisitor center and museum about Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Veterans Memorial MuseumChehalisLewisSouthwestMilitarywebsite
Vintage Motorcycle MuseumChehalisLewisSouthwestTransportationOriginal and fully restored pre-1916 Indians, Harley-Davidsons, Excelsior, Pierces, Emblem, Thor, Henderson, Sears, Yale, Reading Standard, bicycles
Wahkiakum County Historical Society MuseumCathlametWahkiakumSouthwestHistory - Localinformation
Wanapum Heritage CenterWanapum DamGrantCentralEthnic - Native Americanwebsite, history and culture of the Wanapum, area history
Washington National Guard MuseumCamp MurrayPiercePuget SoundMilitaryHistory of the Washington National Guard
Washington State History MuseumTacomaPiercePuget SoundHistoryWashington's history and culture
Washington State University Geology MuseumsPullmanWhitmanEasternGeologywebsite, part of Washington State University, displays in three buildings
Washington State University Museum of AnthropologyPullmanWhitmanEasternAnthropologywebsite, part of Washington State University, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts
Washington State University Museum of ArtPullmanWhitmanEasternArtwebsite, part of Washington State University, modern and contemporary art
West Coast Clock & Watch MuseumBellinghamWhatcomNorthwestHorologywebsite, located on the third floor of the Whatcom Museum, pocket watches, clocks and horological tools
Westport Maritime MuseumWestportGrays HarborSouthwestMaritimewebsite, located in a former U.S. Coast Guard lifeboat station, exhibits include the Coast Guard, Grays Harbor Light, whales and whaling, marine life and ecosystems, fishing industry, cranberry growing
Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural CenterWenatcheeChelanCentralMultipleLocal history, art, culture and natural history
Western GalleryBellinghamWhatcomNorthwestArtwebsite, part of Western Washington University, contemporary art gallery and outdoor sculpture collection
Whale MuseumFriday HarborSan JuanSan Juan IslandsNatural historyNatural history of marine mammals with a special focus on orcas
Whatcom MuseumBellinghamWhatcomNorthwestMultipleContemporary art, Northwest history and culture, natural history, West Coast Clock and Watch Museum
White Bluffs Quilt MuseumRichlandBentonCentralTextilewebsite, regional textile arts center
White River Valley MuseumAuburnKingPuget SoundHistory - Localwebsite, exhibits include 1920s period depot, Japanese American farmhouse, Main Street and hotel displays, Native American and pioneer artifacts,
Whitman Mission National Historic SiteWalla WallaWalla WallaEasternHistoryPark and visitor museum about the 1847 massacre of Methodist missionaries
Whoop-n-Holler MuseumBickletonKlickitatCentralHistoryCollection of antique cars and vehicles, household items, tools, and agricultural exhibits[28]
Willapa Bay Oyster House Interpretive CenterNahcottaPacificSouthwestMaritimewebsite, features replica of the residence of oystermen and their families, exhibits about the oyster industry
Willapa Seaport MuseumRaymondPacificSouthwestMaritimeIncludes photographs, paintings, drawings, ship models, and artifacts used in working, sailing and navigating ships[29]
Wing Luke Asian MuseumSeattleKingPuget SoundEthnic - "Pan Asian Pacific American"Culture, art and history of Asian Pacific Americans
Working Waterfront Maritime MuseumTacomaPiercePuget SoundMaritimeBoats, history of the region's working waterfront and science of Puget Sound's waterways
World Kite MuseumLong BeachPacificSouthwestSportswebsite, history of kites, kitemakers and famous kite fliers
Yakama Nation MuseumToppenishYakimaCentralEthnic - Native Americanwebsite, history and culture of the Yakama
Yakima Electric Railway MuseumYakimaYakimaCentralRailroadElectric trolleys
Yakima Valley MuseumYakimaYakimaCentralHistory / Natural historyIncludes area natural history, American Indian culture, pioneer life, early city life, fruit industry

Defunct museums[edit]

Consolidated Works

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  32. ^ Jim O'Connell (October 7, 2014). "News > Operation Cannonball: The rest of the story [/shared/AFImages/transparent.gif] [/shared/AFImages/transparent.gif] Photos Previous Image 1 of 8 Next Image Operation Cannonball: The rest of the story The Strategic Air Command B-52 Stratofortress and KC-135 Stratotanker simulator train and cars rest for a moment at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, in 1968. (U.S. Air Force photo) Download HiRes Operation Cannonball: The rest of the story". Inside Fairchild Air Force Base. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
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