Bainbridge Island Historical Museum

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Bainbridge Island Historical Museum

Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
4.5
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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stjohnbeachlover
St. Louis, Missouri 1,155 contributions
We took the ferry over to Bainbridge Island for the day and while we were wandering around we came upon this museum. It has a lot of history about the island and especially about the Japanese-Americans that were living in the area during the war. The volunteers that work here are very friendly. It is free but they do take donations.
Written January 1, 2022
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Nita B
Bainbridge Island, WA28 contributions
Friends
In addition to a VERY NICE, and free, (donations excepted), museum, this place has a small café with both inside and outside eating area. There is an auditorium and the choir I sing with presented our holiday show they are this past Christmas. I have been to numerous other events there also including a beautiful display of Hispanic Cinco de Mayo and October’s Day of the Dead. The museum is next-door to a wine bar and a fun place to get numerous craft beers. All located one block up from the ferry dock on Bainbridge Island. Definitely worth a day trip on the ferry to Bainbridge.
Written February 11, 2020
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lord1715
Snohomish, WA25 contributions
Family
Great information! My granddaughter did school project on the interments of Japanese Americans. I like to provide experiences to back up information gathered from books and internet. We paired this visit with a visit to the Japanese Interment Memorial. This museum had great information on the interment.
Written February 5, 2020
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ShortTripAround
Fullerton, CA47 contributions
Family
PRE-ARRANGED TOUR - I pre-arranged to be part of a hosted tour of the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and the Memorial. It was the best decision I have ever made for coordinating a trip to Bainbridge Island.

COST - It happened to be free to have a hosted tour and on the day that my family went, it was the first Thursday so it was free. Of course, we donated generously to the museum and tipped our docent volunteer.

DOCENT VOLUNTEER - We unimaginably lucked out and had none other than the Lily Kitamoto provide us with a first-hand account of the Japanese Internment days along with her past and present perspective. It was an amazing and personal discussion that brought us back in time to experience what she went through and to point to artifacts in the museum then watch the movie and see pictures of her family and her mother.
PERSPECTIVE - To truly understand the history of Japanese Americans, their experiences on Bainbridge, in America and their patience and endurance for living through those times and hearing the permutation of the same stories of immigration, discrimination, separation and internment reviving in a different way through the Trump Administration is just surreal, astounding and impactful. Whether you are a local or a visitor, you must try to visit this museum, donate money to support their local and overarching NPS effort and try to get a hosted tour by Lily or someone else. It is 1000% more meaningful.

- COORDINATE A TOUR - info@bainbridgehistory.org

I am not going to spoil the treat you will see and learn from this experience. Please go and learn and see for yourself. You will not regret it.

There is so much more to day about this. I may come back with more detail or write an actual article. Thank you Lily, Katy, Rose and all others at the Museum.
Written July 24, 2018
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Kylewag
Seattle, WA166 contributions
Family
We visited this museum over our Christmas break. What a great experience. We got a personal tour from a man named Chuck who actually lived this history. He knew the families of the people listed in the stories in the exhibits. He was a firefighter and told us a lot about the school fire pictured in an exhibit. He really brought the exhibits to life. What a great addition he is to the experience.
Written December 27, 2018
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Jack98110a
Bainbridge Island, WA61 contributions
Solo
I'm a bit biased because I'm a docent at the museum a few days each month but I do feel that the visitors come away with an understanding of the unique characteristics of the island and its people.
A significant part of this is the Japanese Exclusion during WW2 where 274 island residents were the first of 120,000 Japanese incarcerated for the duration of the war.
Written March 13, 2017
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Maximilian G
Palo Alto, CA267 contributions
Family
We visited Bainbridge Island Historical Museum while touring around on Bainbridge Island. There is a lot of history about Bainbridge Island, and the small museum is packed with information. The staff were extremely friendly, most of them docents or volunteers. Would highly recommend this for any tourist on Bainbridge Island! Plan on spending about an hour here.
Written December 23, 2016
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FloridaFamilyof5
Melbourne, FL128 contributions
Thought this would be a quick stop, but found it so interesting and the docent so nice we spent just over an hour here. A great history lesson and wonderfully laid out museum. Well done, Bainbridge! Discovering the pickleball origination site was an added bonus! Great place to educate children about the history of Pearl Harbor and the Japanese Internment camps.
Written September 7, 2019
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TinkLizzie
Bainbridge Island, WA24 contributions
Friends
This small museum is just a short block off the main drag of Winslow Way but worth the visit. Although the main space is just chock full of exhibits (and could benefit from a bigger space and a little more breathing room for objects and didactic panels) the survey of island history is compelling.
Written July 13, 2019
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abetheredge
Houston, TX100 contributions
Couples
We stopped in during our day trip to Seattle. The staff was lovely and available to answer questions. The museum is rather small but does pack quite a bit into it. We spent about 30 minutes there and felt like that was enough unless you’re an absolute history buff!
Written July 2, 2019
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