NEW & ONGOING EXHIBITS
Learn about the history behind our county, its people, places and events. These exhibits are new and ongoing.
Our exhibits change frequently. Whether you're interested in antique automobiles, Native American culture, or business ephemera, we have something for everyone in the nearly 9,000 square-feet of display-only space. If you are planning to visit the museum and are interested in a specific
exhibit, please contact the museum to see if it is still on view.
"Remember When...? Wild Weather" reflects on the extreme weather conditions that Kittitas County has faced in the last 100 years. From intense floods and snowfall to earthquakes and a tornado, Kittitas County has had it all. The "Remember When...?" exhibit is an annual exhibit that focuses on a nostalgic aspect of local history, but each year covers something different. The exhibit is up for a limited time.
The "Rodeo Memories" exhibit reflects on one of the favorite events in Kittitas County. The Ellensburg Rodeo was started in 1923, and this display showcases many artifacts from our collection that covers the history since its beginning. This exhibit is scheduled to rotate off display in late January 2017.
Take a fashion trip
through history with our "Clothing of Kittitas County" exhibit. Learn
how clothing has changed over time, and how it is crafted. See items
from Victorian dresses and children's outfits to Red Cross uniforms and unique hats. This exhibit displays some of the best pieces from the
museum's textile collection.
The "Our County, Our Community" exhibit is a permanent addition to the Entry Room. Learn about the communities that existed both past and present through a hands-on, interactive lighted map. Then read about those communities, from post offices to industries that either made or broke the town. Find out how 63 communities disappeared from the landscape, while only 10 remained to be what we know today.
"Intoxicating Elixirs: Soda Pop, Medicine & Alcohol" looks
at the 100th anniversary of the passage of Prohibition in Washington
State. The exhibit includes cure-alls and potions guaranteeing youth and
beauty, a look at saloons and alcohol in the early years of our state,
and what Prohibition meant. Read about the changes that took place with
the passage of Prohibition, and the deadly side of bootlegging and
The Rollinger Rock and Mineral Collection is one of our most popular displays! From agates (and the famous Ellensburg Blue Agate) to slices of ginkgo tree, this collection tells the prehistory and geological history of Kittitas County. It also reflects the passion three brothers had for rock hounding in Kittitas County. Visitors are encouraged to learn through a hands-on experience with various minerals, petrified wood, fossils, and even a dinosaur bone!
Other ongoing exhibits also include the Military History exhibit, the Cheska Doll and Buggy Collection, "Ellensburgh Aflame!" (a look at the 1889 fire), local business history, recreation and sports. Our exhibits also include many interactive components, such as a working rotary telephone relay system, wooden toys, and a train set.
114 E. 3rd. Ave.
Ellensburg, WA 98926