Orcas Island Historical Museum

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Orcas Island Historical Museum

Orcas Island Historical Museum
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The largest of the San Juan islands is also one of the prettiest, with rocky terrain for hiking and dramatic shorelines for kayaking and whale watching.
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Kathryn A
Dupont, WA12 contributions
Solo
This museum has lots of information of the early settlers and life on Orcas island. They have moved several small original settlers' cabins to the site and have plenty of artifacts. It was larger than I thought it would be. I spent about 45 minutes browsing the exhibits. I really enjoyed the museum and would bring more family to see it. Admission was free but you could give a suggested donation.
Written October 24, 2020
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TripletA
Seattle, WA115 contributions
I love the way this museum is arranged, with the cabins of six of the early settlers moved to this location and linked together. I knew the museum contained exhibits on the early settlers, but it also contained so much more, with little exhibits on prehistoric bison, interactions of settlers with the Samish tribes, and operations of the first telephone exchange on the island, which also doubled as a fire alert system. It's absolutely crammed with artefacts, and the more you look, the more you find. Well worth an hour of your time.
Written September 11, 2021
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vern C
Mount Vernon, WA603 contributions
Family
We passed by this while walking around downtown Eastsound and peeked inside. We were immediately met by a friendly lady who promptly and proudly began telling us all about the museum and how it came to be. It didn't take much convincing to get us inside. The museum consists of several cabins that were built on the island in the 1800's that were dismantled and relocated to the museum. Each is filled with interesting historical items. The museum is very well organized and put together. It is well worth a visit.
Written May 17, 2018
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Laura F
San Francisco, CA140 contributions
Couples
We stumbled on this at the annual Eastsound 4th of July festival and we learned so much about the history of Orcas in just one half hour. Will return when we have a couple of hours to really explore and speak with the very knowledgable docents.
Written July 9, 2014
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The Traveling Bees
Morgan Hill, CA16 contributions
Really a great experience. Highly recommend you pay a visit. Informative and fascinating history! We would love to go back.
Written August 15, 2020
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816tony
Orcas Island, WA39 contributions
Family
The museum is a wonderful collection of old log cabins..donated by islanders..moved to town....the individual cabins are joined together as one to tell the history of early life in the islands...from the 14,000 year old BISON found intact in a peat bog ...to early hardships of living on an island.hunting for your food.one room school house growing up.....fabulous learning experience for children.
Written February 8, 2016
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Michael O
Redmond, WA265 contributions
Couples
Linda and I enjoy poking around in small museums and had a great time in the Orcas Island Historical Museum in Eastsound. The caretakers were very friendly and happy to explain the artifacts used in everyday life on the island in days past. The museum houses an old pump organ which, if given permission one can play. The museum grounds are decorated with plants and flowers as well as an beautiful carved statue depicting Native American lore. We spent about two hours visiting, though you could do a much faster walk-through if you are limited on time. Please provide a donation to support the cause!
Written April 22, 2015
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Ruth M
Salem, OR53 contributions
Couples
Interesting exhibits about the homesteading days of Orcas Island. The settlers had to make do with what they could grow or make.
Written September 23, 2014
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nskaye
Wilmington, DE297 contributions
Couples
Small but personal museum. Good exhibits that portray early life and times on Orcas. Interesting antiques and plenty to read as you walk through.
Written March 17, 2014
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WesternNYTravelFrog
Dunkirk, NY212 contributions
Couples
We were really looking for the USPS when we walked past this museum. What a great find! an incredible collection of early Orcas artifacts and images. The museum is housed in an assemblage of log cabins that have been connected. We spent over an hour looking at as much as possible until the place closed. Very helpful docent/volunteer filled in some gaps in information for us. Take the time to check this place out!
Written July 11, 2013
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