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Yakima Valley Museum, Yakima

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web
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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  • We stopped here to take a break from a long drive home. What an interesting and well curated museum. Being of Japanese descent, I found the section on the Internment very interesting. The same occurre...  read more »
  • I didn't expect much from this museum but was pleasantly surprised. Absolutely great for kids! From the museum cat near the front door, it took us 1/2 an hour to walk past with a 2 year old, to the li...  read more »
  • Raised in Yakima and find the Museum a lovely tribute to the Arts in Yakima. Administration available to answer questions about the history of Yakima, its people and the museum itself. 
  • Really enjoyed this museum. Got a good overview the area's geology, native culture and agricultural history. Especially enjoyed the small, but excellent exhibits of indigenous textiles and ceramics. Also enjoyed seeing the old carriages, stagecoaches and work wagons. Very helpful staff and volunteers. Hope to return and spend more time!
  • So this past weekend we found out that there is a museum in Yakima! I'd only lived for the first 18 years of my life and had no idea that this place existed. We were really glad that we found it as it was a nice little trip back through the history of the Yakima Valley. They have some tremendous exhibits looking at everything from the history of the Apple industry, stories of the first settlers to the valley as well as a really nice exhibit on William O Douglas, the longest serving member of the Supreme Court, who was the Yakima native! Is the sorts of exhibits that really foster pride in an area. In addition, they got some great signage from the area, a few of which I remember from my childhood. He also had a couple of very neat exhibits on some of the American Indian culture from the area as well as information on a lot of immigrants to the valley. Overall, it was incredibly informative and the sort of place that 1) my wife and I would like to come back to Sans kiddos comma and 2) the sort of place that would be really fun to have a mixer with wine and beer from the valley. Admission was something like 2 or $3, and included admission to the "children's underground", the kids area downstairs. It was a couple of very nice rooms filled with stuff for the kids to play with. There's a stagecoach they can climb on and an old western scene with four or five little storefronts that they can play in. It's a great start to something like a children's museum that would be a wonderful addition to the valley. There's also an area with a couple of turtles in tanks, something that our kids absolutely adore! As well as an area for them to color and paint. All in all, this is a really solid Museum for a town like Yakima. It's not the best one that you ever go to, but one that you'll certainly enjoy and one that we felt really added something to our understanding of the Yakima Valley. It's well 4th checking out and one that we will be back too, hopefully by ourselves at least once!
  • Been here two Times very informative if your looking for a big museum to spend all day at that's not this one just brief history of Yakima and surrounding areA s
  • Have always loved it here
  • Beautiful place with a park and restaurant next door. The Japanese exhibit about the internment during WW2 made me have tears.
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