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Port Townsend

Jefferson County Historical Museum

Port Townsend
360/385-1003
jchsmuseum.org
Displays exhibits and artwork reflecting the past and present of Port Townsend. Visit one of five sites including the Rothschild House and Commanding Officer’s Quarters.

 

Port Townsend Aero Museum

105 Airport Road
Port Townsend
360/379-5244
ptaeromuseum.com
A variety of antique and classic aircraft, artwork, books and various displays.

 

Port Townsend Marine Science Center

532 Battery Way
Port Townsend
360/385-5582
ptmsc.org
An interactive natural history museum with hands-on aquarium features, plants, touch tanks and more.

 

San Juan Islands

Lopez Island Historical Society and Museum

28 Washburn Place
Lopez Island ‎
360/468-2049
lopezmuseum.org
Alongside permanent First Islanders and natural history displays, there are rotating exhibits on farming, fishing, place name origins and island communities. Features more than 200 stone, bone and antler Native artifacts from First Islander life.

 

Orcas Island Historical Museum

181 N Beach Road
Eastsound Village
360/376-4849
Orcasmuseums.org
Check COVID status.
Six original homestead cabins built during the 1870s and the 1890s were taken apart, moved, reconstructed and sited together to create the museum’s main facility. The museum contains Native American artifacts, photography and skull and bone remains from a 14,000-year-old Bison antiquus.

 

San Juan Islands Museum of Art

540 Spring Street
Friday Harbor
360/370-5050
sjima.org
The SJIMA offers rotating exhibitions through three galleries, focusing on artists of northwestern states and southwestern Canada. Summer 2021 exhibit African Twilight, photographs of the dazzling diversity of African ceremonies, rituals and culture.

 

San Juan Historical Museum

405 Price Street
Friday Harbor
360/378-3949
Sjmuseum.org
Check COVID status. Temporarily closed.
Honoring heritage and history, the museum gives visitors the opportunity to explore the grounds of the restored King farm house, original county and Scribner’s log cabin.

 

The Whale Museum

62 1st Street N
Friday Harbor
360/378-4710
whalemuseum.org
The Whale Museum, opened in 1979, was the first museum in the country devoted to a species living in the wild. Today, the museum continues to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.

 

 

Whidbey/Camano

Island County Historical Society

908 NW Alexander Street
Coupeville
360/678-3310
islandhistory.org
A museum that features local and regional history including ice age relics, mammoth remains, a fine Native American collection (with cedar dugout canoes), maritime, early settlers, and the first automobile on Whidbey Island (1902 Holsman auto buggy).

 

Langley Whale Center

105 Anthes Avenue
Langley
360-221-7505
orcanetwork.org
Learn about the whales and marine mammals of the Salish Sea. Southern resident and transient orcas, and Gray whales. Unique gift shop.

 

South Whidbey Historical Society Museum

312 Second Street
Langley
360/221-2101
Southwhidbeyhistory.org
Check COVID status.
Focusing on the history of the south end of Whidbey Island, the museum also maintains the McLeod Cabin, an original log building and the Brooks Hill House with its photographs of early log structures.

 

Anacortes

Anacortes Museum and Maritime Heritage Center

1305 8th Street
Anacortes
360/293-1915
cityofanacortes.org
The museum houses a collection of hundreds of charts and maps, including railroad maps, town plat maps, nautical charts as well as fish trap maps, exhibits on local fishing and shipbuilding industries.

 

La Conner

Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA)

121 S First Street
La Conner
360/466-4446
monamuseum.org
Located in the heart of La Conner this museum offers an exploration of art, diverse cultures and environment in the Northwest, with a series of rotating and permanent collections.

 

Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum

703 S. Second Street
La Conner
360/466-4288
laconnerquilts.org
Located in the historic Gaches mansion, this museum is a space dedicated to the display of textile work from local, national, and international quilters.

 

Skagit County Historical Museum

501 S Fourth Street
La Conner
360/466-3365
skagitcounty.net/museum
Check COVID status.
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.

 

Burlington

Children’s Museum of Skagit County

432 Fashion Way
Burlington
360/757-8888
Skagitchildrensmuseum.net
Check COVID status.
Educational exhibits and events provide kids of all ages with hands-on learning experiences, geared toward promoting an understanding of the arts, science and culture.

 

Heritage Flight Museum

15053 Crosswind Drive
Burlington
360/424-5151
See COVID status.
heritageflight.org
The Heritage Flight Museum displays military aircraft, models and memorabilia.

 

Bellingham

Mindport Exhibits

210 W. Holly Street
Bellingham, WA
360/647-5614
Mindport.org
Check COVID status.
Appointment only.
Founded by three Lummi Islanders with backgrounds in electrical and computer engineering, marine biology, woodworking and photography, this museum brings together a variety of interests. A collection of exhibits focuses on exploration, observation, creativity, play and fun.

 

SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention

1312 Bay Street
Bellingham
360/738-3886
sparkmuseum.org
Spark features interactive exhibits displaying the inventions and innovations that changed the course of human history. Come to the Megazapper Show to see 4.5 million volts of electricity light up the room.

 

Whatcom Museum

121 Prospect Street
Lightcatcher Space at 250 Flora Street
Bellingham
360/778-8930
Whatcommuseum.org
Check COVID status. Photo archives appointment only.
Located in downtown Bellingham, this museum displays more than 200,000 artifacts and artworks of regional importance.

 

The Marine Life Center

1801 Roeder Avenue
Bellingham
360/671-2431
Marine Life Center website
Check COVID status.
Appointment only.
Part of the Northwest Discovery Project, the Marine Life Center introduces visitors to the marine flora and fauna of the Salish Sea.

 

 

Blaine

Alaska Packers Association Cannery and Fishing Museum

9261 Semiahmoo Parkway
Blaine
360/371-3558
draytonharbormaritime.com/apa
Housed in an old cannery building, the museum focuses on the history of fishing and canning in Blaine.

 

 

Point Roberts

Point Roberts Historical Society’s History Center

1437 Gulf Road
Point Roberts
360-945-7747
FB/pointrobertshistoricalsociety
Located in a WPA-built community center, the History Center highlights the rich and diverse history of this unique American exclave through videos and photographs, thoughtful displays and a wall-to-wall timeline.

 

 

British Columbia

White Rock Museum and Archives

14970 Marine Drive
White Rock
604/541-2221
whiterockmuseum.ca
Located in the historic White Rock Train Station building on the beach this museum offers rotating exhibitions and events for all ages to showcase local history.

 

Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society

12138 Fourth Avenue
Richmond
604/664-9009
gulfofgeorgiacannery.com
Located in the fishing village of Steveston, the largest commercial fishing port in Canada, this museum preserves, presents and promotes the history of Canada’s west coast fishing industry.

 

Britannia Heritage Shipyard

5180 Westwater Drive
Steveston
604/238-8038
britanniashipyard.ca
A rare example of the type of village which once served the thriving fishing industry with its canneries, boatyards, stores, homes and its mix of cultures. A national historic site.

 

UBC Museum of Anthropology

6393 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver
604/822-5087
moa.ubc.ca
The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia is world-renowned for its collections, research and teaching.

 

Vancouver Maritime Museum

1905 Ogden Avenue
Vancouver
604/257-8300
vanmaritime.com
Since 1959, the Vancouver Maritime Museum Society has worked to preserve and tell the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest and Arctic.

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