Museums

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Port Townsend

 

Jefferson County Historical Museum

Various locations

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.

 

Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum

Building 201, Fort Worden

200 Battery Way

Port Townsend

360/385-0373

coastartillery.org

Exhibits on coastal artillery history with photos and a gift shop at Fort Worden.

 

San Juan Islands

 

Lopez Island Historical Society
& 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

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. An astounding exhibit of quilts made by women of Gee’s Bend Alabama, titled, “Conversations with Gee’s Bend” will be at the museum from May 25 to September 23.

 

San Juan Historical Museum

405 Price Street

Friday Harbor

360/378-3949

sjmuseum.org

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).

 

South Whidbey Historical
Society Museum

312 Second Street

Langley

360/221-2101

southwhidbeyhistory.org

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.

 

The Stanwood Area Historical Society

27112 102nd Ave NW

Stanwood

360/629-6110

sahs-fncc.org

The 1890 D. O. Pearson House, home to the general store owner and first mayor of Stanwood, serves as a museum operated by the Stanwood Area Historical Society.

 

Anacortes

 

Anacortes Museum & 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

museumofnwart.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.

 

The Norwester Museum Tour

128 S. 1st Street

La Conner

360/982-8090

thenorwester.com

John Wayne’s 76-foot yacht, turned museum, showcases items owned by “the Duke” as well an assortment of antiques and actual props used in his movies.

 

Pacific Northwest Quilt &
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

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

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

heritageflight.org

The Heritage Flight Museum displays military aircraft, models and memorabilia.

 

Bellingham

 

Bellingham Railway Museum

1320 Commercial Street

Bellingham

360/393-7540

bellinghamrailwaymuseum.org

Featuring railroad heritage, history and operations. Features exhibits focused on railroad artifacts, photographs and trains.

Mindport Exhibits

210 W. Holly Street

Bellingham, WA

360/647-5614

mindport.org

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

Two locations 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

marinelifecenter.org

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
& 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.

 

B.C.

 

White Rock Museum & Archives

14970 Marine Drive

White Rock

604/541-2221

whiterock.museum.bc.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.

Richmond Cultural Centre

7700 Minoru Gate

Richmond

604/247-8300

richmond.ca/culture/cultural-centre/about

Rotating exhibits dedicated to British Columbia history and culture.

 

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

vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

Since 1959, the Vancouver Maritime Museum Society has worked to preserve and tell the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest and Arctic. The museum will feature exhibition titled The Lost Fleet until June 17, showcasing the history of the World War II Japanese-Cdn fleet seizure.

 

Vancouver Police Museum

240 E. Cordova Street,

Vancouver

604/665-3346

vancouverpolicemuseum.ca

Housing more than 20,000 artifacts, photos and archival documents, this museum features the history of crime and law enforcement in Vancouver.

 

Museum of Vancouver

1100 Chestnut Street,

Vancouver

604/736-4431

museumofvancouver.ca

Vancouver-focused exhibitions and programs that encourage dynamic conversations about Vancouver. Permanent collections detailing life in Vancouver from 1910 to 1970, alongside contemporary exhibits.

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