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KITTITAS COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM, ELLENSBURG, WA

NEW & ONGOING EXHIBITS


Learn about the history behind our county, its people, places and events. These exhibits are new and ongoing.


The Business Room
Businesses are an important piece of our county's history. It is where people make a living by helping others...
The Military Room
The Military Room is an exciting attraction at the Kittitas County Historical Museum.
The Parlour Room
If you have ever wondered how a person lived or what they collected during the early 1900's, this is your chance to experience it!
The Main Room
The Main Room at the Kittitas County Historical Museum houses great collections that truly give the viewer a taste of the past.
The Car Room
The Car Room is the best place to experience the means of a person's life in history through antique automobiles, agriculture, and home-life.
The Entry Room
As first impressions goes, the Entry Room to the Kittitas County Historical Museum leaves a lasting one.
The Main Room
The Main Room at the Kittitas County Historical Museum houses great collections that truly give the viewer a taste of the past.
The Car Room
The Car Room is the best place to experience the means of a person's life in history through antique automobiles, agriculture, and home-life.
We have something for everyone in the nearly 9,000 square-feet of display-only space, and our exhibits change frequently. If you are planning to visit the museum and are looking forward to seeing a specific exhibit or item, please contact the museum before you visit to see if it is still on view.


New Displays:

"The Deadly Side of Mining: 125 Years Since the Roslyn Explosion" reflects on the worst mining tragedy in Washington State history and honors the victims on its 125th anniversary. On May 10, 1892, 45 miners were killed when the Roslyn No. 1 Mine exploded, leaving 30 women widowed and 90 children fatherless. Learn the facts behind this event, and how mining regulations changed as a result. This exhibit is located in the Main Room.

To celebrate cowboy heritage in time for Spirit of the West, our newest exhibit takes a look at "
A Cowboy's Life: The Story of Ben Snipes". The exhibit covers the lifetime of the man known as the "Cattle King" of the Pacific Northwest, his investment and ventures, and effects he had on the community. This exhibit was put up for Spirit of the West in February and has been extended until late summer 2017. This exhibit is located in the Main Room.


Ongoing Displays:

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 moonshining.

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, and more. Our exhibits also include many interactive components, such as a working rotary telephone relay system, wooden toys, rocks and minerals, and a train set.


114 E. 3rd. Ave.
Ellensburg, WA 98926
509.925.3778
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