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Yakima Valley Museum, Yakima

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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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  • 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...  more »
  • Impressive local museum! The building is very grand and loaded with a whole trove of history. The electric neon signs, carriage collection, giant high heel shoe, and artifacts from a couples personal ...  more »
  • My husband and I spent an afternoon here. Very interesting history, great collections and memorabilia! Very surprising was discovering the history of our Japanese immigrants, their culture, influence ...  more »
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  • My entire group got in for a pretty great rate, but that was because they were getting ready for a Halloween party downstairs, and it was rather disruptive. The exhibits are great, and there is so much to learn! My son had a fun time playing in the hands on section of the museum, and afterwards we went to the on site soda fountain to have an ice cream sunday!
  • 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!
  • Nice museum, I was surprised Yakima had this! Well worth a visit to learn the history of the Yakima valley.
  • Good museum on the history of the Yakima region. Very good display on the Japanese community in the area and what happened to them during WWII. The bottom floor is a bit unorganized, but it doesn't detract from the interesting displays.
  • 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!