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“Big Surprise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Yakima Valley Museum

Yakima Valley Museum
2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA
509-248-0747
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Yakima
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Hayward, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
18 attraction reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Big Surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

A surprisingly large , well done museum with several sections/display areas. A huge collection of horse drawn buggies/conveyances, agricultural history, some local heroes displays, and a soda fountain experience. Minimal entry fees.

Visited October 2013
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Auburn, Washington
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135 reviews 135 reviews
25 attraction reviews
Reviews in 76 cities Reviews in 76 cities
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
“If you like historical museums, this is a must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

The Yakima Valley Museum is no small-town, dusty museum with a few old photos, tools, and farm implements. This is a first class, beautiful museum with wide-ranging and thoughtful displays. It's got geological history, natural history, pioneer history, Native American history, and military history. It's got beautiful old large neon signs, a petrified wood forest, blacksmithing tools, musical instruments, artwork, extensive displays of Indian artifacts, baskets, and beautiful beadwork, and on and on. It has life-through-time displays of life in Yakima. It has a large, multi-faceted display of the history of Japanese-Americans in the Yakima area, their imprisonment in internment camps during WWII, their admirable contributions to the USA's military efforts and their cultural contributions. The walk-in display of Yakima native and Supreme Court justice William O. Douglas is fairly objective and does not gloss over some of his faults while praising his accomplishments. It contains a replica of his judicial office complete with furnishings and accessories from his actual office. We spent two hours that passed by very quickly and could have stayed longer had we no time constraints. If you like museums...go.

Visited October 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Unexpected inclusion of Japanese and internment in WY...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Didn't expect the depth of information on Japanese living in Yakima Valley and their relocation to internment in WY. Very informative.

Visited October 2013
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Union Gap, Wa.
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great Historical Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

The Yakima Valley Museum is loaded with alot of local memorabelia and exhibits to help visitors learn about the local area and about the agricultural history of hops and friut industries. The best time to visit is when they have live musicians playing music while you walk through the exhibits. It take a short time to go through the museum but well worth the admission price. Also when your done in the museum, visit the Ice cream parlor which is located behind the museum and enjoy a burger or milkshake.

Visited August 2013
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Watsontown, Pennsylvania
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Exceptional displays”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

A wide variety of displays about the early life in the Yakima Valley along with other interesting areas including the complete office of Supreme Court Justice William Douglas. The American Indian displays we we great and there was even a restored Soda Fountain for a sweet treat or light lunch after the tour. If you are anywhere near Yakima be sure to visit this museum.

Visited September 2013
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