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Orcas Island Historical Museum

181 N Beach Rd, Orcas Island, WA
+1 360-376-4849
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Interesting

Great little area museum. Several old cabins put together. Photos are great. Many original items... read more

Reviewed December 1, 2017
carolyn h
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Kansas City, Missouri
Not only on rainy days

We had to select an alternate Programme as our whale watching tour got cancelled - be aware of... read more

Reviewed October 25, 2017
Fridolin B
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Berlin, Germany
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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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“artifacts” (8 reviews)
“homesteaders” (2 reviews)
“history” (9 reviews)
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181 N Beach Rd, Orcas Island, WA
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181 N Beach Rd, Orcas Island, WA
+1 360-376-4849
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Reviewed December 1, 2017

Great little area museum. Several old cabins put together. Photos are great. Many original items from early residents.

Thank carolyn h
Reviewed October 25, 2017 via mobile

We had to select an alternate Programme as our whale watching tour got cancelled - be aware of bookings after mid of October. So the museum was a welcome alternative. Nice idea of setting it up in 6 connected former homestead buildings. Giving some insight...More

Thank Fridolin B
Reviewed July 31, 2017

This is a small museum that has tried to preserve the history of Orcas Island from the start of the homesteading that happened on the island. They have put together different homesteaded cabins and turned each room into a tiny history of, say, a general...More

Thank 40by40
Reviewed May 22, 2017

Very interesting displays and artifacts. Unique putting five homestead cabins together and covering them all with a permanent ròof. We spent ober an hour just browsing. The host was helpful too.

Thank Anthony T
Reviewed November 20, 2016

The tiny log cabin right in walking distance to anything in Estsound is not alwaysopen but check their tomes and pop in.I found it interesting and well presented. You may have to entertain the kids and history is a great persoective to instill. Went with...More

Thank Travel333333A
Reviewed May 26, 2016

Very interesting exhibits on the history of the island and its settlers, along with pioneer life in general. The exhibits are well curated, charming, and immersive. I thought it might be a quick trip in and out, but I was entertained for an hour. I've...More

Thank wertygirl
Reviewed May 16, 2016

Warmly greeted by the museum's docent, we heard a quick overview that actual log cabins linked together make up the museum's story of people and artifacts on Orcas. The cost of entry? Free with the hope you'll give a donation at the end. I never...More

Thank PanoramaPoint
Reviewed February 8, 2016

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...More

1  Thank 816tony
Reviewed July 4, 2015

I just spent a wonderful day appraising items for local residents of Orcas Island as part of the museum,s on going education program and fund raising. This museum has a great collection of artifacts of early every day life on the island shown in a...More

Thank Mike O
Reviewed June 30, 2015

If you are on Orcas, check this place out! Fills you in--tons of interesting things about the island!

Thank CLH2000
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