Yakima Valley Museum, Yakima

4.6
The Yakima Valley Museum offers historical exhibits on the Yakima Valley—its natural history, American Indian culture, pioneer life, early city life, and the roots and development of the Valley’s fruit industry. The museum also has a superb collection of horse-drawn vehicles, from stagecoach to hearse; a historical exhibit and reconstruction of the Washington D.C. office of former Yakima resident and environmentalist, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas; and a changing schedule of special exhibitions.
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  • Many local artifact that give a pretty good feeling of the development here in Yakima. The exhibits are well done. I liked that the darker side of the area/city was covered. No whitewashing. The soda ...  more »
  • This museum is totally supported by the local community and patrons. The staff is welcoming; the displays exude the quality construction it takes to tell accurate and engaging historical displays. The...  more »
  • The museum is slowly improving its curation as seen by the two temporary exhibitions: one of guns and one on the Japanese-American community in the Yakima Valley. The permanent exhibition of the recre...  more »
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  • Lots of good information, very nice displays and some very historical information, the section in the special exhibits went over the horrible atrocities that the Japanese American people went through in America before, during, and after WWII. It will not be an exhibit that I soon forget. Aside from this exhibit, they have many historic carriages, and some very interesting older vehicles. If you would like to learn more about the Yakima valley, this is a great place to start.
  • Really good museum. Worth the fee and all the time spent there. Also liked the ice cream shop.
  • My favorite museum I've been to. Latlrhe variety of interesting things. Kids love it too
  • Really impressed with the Yakima Valley Museum. It has improved drastically over the years!
  • Perhaps driven by low expectations - it is in Yakima - this museum was ultimately a pleasant surprise. While the facility currently feels a little disjointed; awkward layout, missing descriptions, and some jumbled artifacts, it also delivers a truly thought-provoking exhibit on Japanese-American (Nisei) history in the valley, a nifty carriage exhibit, and a truly impressive gun collection. A corner exhibit offers visitors an interactive, "attic discovery" experience. Along with the City, over time this museum will continue to refine and define itself. Worth investigation.
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