Fort Walla Walla Museum

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Fort Walla Walla Museum
4.5
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Fort Walla Walla Museum is a walking museum located on 17 acres, and is a must-see for visitors. As the primary caretaker of the cultural and historical heritage of the Walla Walla Valley, the Museum features four large exhibit halls housing thousands of artifacts, a pioneer village, a 33-mule team hitched to a wooden combine, and more. The Entrance Building features several galleries, including one for rotating special exhibits, and an admission-free Museum Store filled with books and heritage gifts. On the lower level of the grounds is a Pioneer Village with 17 buildings, many of them furnished, for guests to explore. There are more than 40 living history performances every year that take place in the village. The Museum also hosts additional activities, classes, and events—like the free Museum After Hours presentation series, which features thought-provoking topics on everything from history to conservation. The Fort Walla Walla Museum provides a memorable experience for the whole family, and you’re sure to learn something new during every visit. Come see what’s new at the old fort today!
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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roadtripswc
United States274 contributions
They need to update website on opening hours especially during this special times.
Jun 2020 • Family
We drove all the way for a day trip based on their website hours, unfortunately it was not updated and the museum was closed. We arrived and saw employees working in there but all doors and the outdoor areas were closed for visitors. What a disappointment.
Looking from the fence, the ground was well maintained and it could be a nice learning experience. Hopefully it will reopen soon. Wish the administration use some common sense since this is an outdoor walking museum and should not have any issue with social distancing.
Written June 18, 2020
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Dear roadtripswc, We are sorry that this was your experience. We are still closed but hope to be reopening as soon as Walla Walla County hits phase 3 of Washington's Safe Start plan. We now have made it more clear on our website that we are indeed closed at this time. If you are interested in visiting us again, please reach out to me at jennifer@fwwm.org ir 509-525-7703.
Written June 22, 2020
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EasternWA_Pirate
Walla Walla, WA686 contributions
A Quick Walk Though Old Walla Walla
Dec 2019 • Couples
We are relatively new to the area. We'd seen the grounds driving by several times before going. I'm glad we did.

Fort Walla Walla offers a glimpse into the world of what Walla Walla was in the 1800s through the early 1900s.

There are numerous exhibits both inside and out. Weather permitting, the out buildings offer interesting places to check out. Each building is something else and should be seen.

Buying a family subscription allows access to more than just Fort Walla Walla. They are part of a consortium which also includes the Umatilla/Walla Walla/Cayuse Reservation near Pendleton.
Written January 19, 2020
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ReCycle958
United States32 contributions
Local History in a few hours
Jan 2020
Definitely worth the admission fee and a few hours to view the exhibits and read the descriptions. My favorite was about the indigenous people. It tried to describe what happened, fell very short, but, at least gave it a try. Any museum that claims to be telling the history of the local region really should give much more space, time and honesty to the people who were, and still are, here before the European/Christian invasion happened.
Written January 9, 2020
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Shaked007
Hod Hasharon, Israel1,381 contributions
Excellent Museum!! Extremely Educational and Informative!!! A Definite MUST!!!
Aug 2019
The Fort Walla Walla Museum definitely turned out to be one of the highlights of our visit to the Northwestern US!!
The museum is vast, varied and fascinating. Plan on spending a good few hours here.
Lots of history, tradition and culture.
There is the main building with its own exhibits focusing on tradition and history of the native americans and the early settlers. Very well presented and interesting.
There is the outdoor exhibit which includes a whole pioneer village with mostly genuine cabins and functional houses brought and restored from the area. Beautifully arranged and providing a real peek into what life looked like for the pioneers.
Then there are a few buildings which house additional exhibits, primarily connected with farming.
The highlight of the whole museum for me was the full size replica of the Harris Combined Harvester, which was pulled by 33 (Seriously!!) mules. The replica includes the mules as well, to show you the enormity of the complete contraption.
The machine was invented in 1919 and was operated by a team/crew of five (also replicated.....). It is absolutely amazing and i didn't want to leave this exhibit!!!
Even the attached photos cannot really do justice to this fascinating exhibit.
Incredible Museum!! One of The best!! A Definite MUST!!!
Written December 7, 2019
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Donna S
Boise, ID634 contributions
Visited before wineries opened.
Nov 2019 • Couples
Excellent history museum from Indian Wars to landing on the moon! Learned a lot about thr area's history. Friendly staff. Forgot to ask them about the unusual trees on the drice up with huge seed pods.
Written November 4, 2019
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CarolynD
127 contributions
Excellent museum, something for everyone
Oct 2019 • Couples
We enjoyed this museum and it's great variety very much. There are several aspects to the museum: the main entrance/exhibit hall with traditional exhibits, five other large buildings with a focus on farming, a pioneer village with many small buildings, and a playground area for kids. We also had the opportunity to hear a reenactor speak about the railroad coming to the area in the 1800s.

We were told that Building 3 was special. Yup, no spoilers, but my husband's favorite. I had several favorites: Building 4, the barbershop in the pioneer village, the bead work and women's undergarment displays in the main building.

Check it out! We were there about 4 hours.
Written October 21, 2019
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Mike H
Walla Walla, WA21 contributions
Educational and Family Fun
Sep 2019
Took some family during the antique truck show at the Museum. Price was reasonable, and included the Truck show as well as all of the museum. Was well worth the price, and the grandkids loved learning and seeing history. Always improving, it had been years since we had been through the Fort Walla Walla Museum. Everyone enjoyed the event, and there was fun things for the grandchildren to participate in. Recommend to families and individuals interested in history.
Written October 9, 2019
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Wrldtraveler
Big Sky, MT90 contributions
Worth a visit
Sep 2019
Very nice museum. The inside exhibits are very disjointed, someone needs work on it as they have wonderful items. The outside buildings were great. Worth a visit.
Written October 6, 2019
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Boisenb
Boise, ID307 contributions
Worth An Afternoon If Have Time
Sep 2019
Have been to W2 many times and never have been to the museum so didn't to check it out. Had a lot of interesting things to see.
Written September 15, 2019
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David M
Richmond, VA61 contributions
Well presented, a bit unkind to the first peoples
Sep 2019 • Couples
Nicely presented collection of artifacts and snippets of history. Would be improved with more complete coverage of the natives and their interactions with the newcomers.
Written September 10, 2019
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