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“Pleasantly surprised!”

Lynden Pioneer Museum
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Lynden
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Bellingham, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised!”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

I have lived in Bellingham and driven past this location for that last seven years but never gone in. My mother was in town and wanted to see “the Dutch town.” I tried to dissuade her. Lynden is nice, but not a destination in and of itself. We go there for the Million Smiles playground and the fair...

We walked the length of Front street from west to east to Hannegan/1st street. I was just saying we should cross the street and walk back because we had seen it all when we noted the museum. It looks like there isn't much more than a store front... Boy was I mistaken.

Inside is a large building that houses a remarkable collection. The front is occupied exhibits on area dairy, poultry and egg industries. Next we saw exhibits on early settlers and Indian cultures. In the basement they have an extensive collection of wagons, antique cars (including the 1st mass produced GM electric car), and farm implements. Then they have exhibits of memorabilia brought home by local soldiers from WWI, WWII, Korean war and Vietnam. I didn't see anything from from more recent conflicts- desert storm and shield- Iraq or enduring freedom- Afghanistan, I'm sure its just a question of time and space. The finale as they guide you is the passage from a 1950s Soda Fountain out onto an early century main street reconstruction that allows you to look into period shops, pharmacy, dentist, doctors offices and even to see the “upstairs” areas from the merchant shops.

The exhibits are comparable to those I have seen in the Smithsonian and Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. The exhibits are comparable to major museums but without the extensive museum curating which made it that much more approachable to me. 90 minutes was enough for a quick run through for two adults who like to stop, look and read. Kids might last that long as there is room to run around on main street. I will go back and I will recommend this to visitors with an interest in history, families with older kids when weather is lousy, and for school field trips.

Well done Lynden!

Visited August 2013
3 Thank Radvany
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Lynden, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
183 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Great Small Town Museum”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is one of the best small town museums that we have been to. Inside you can stroll a simulation of the main street of town during the early 20th century. There are antique/classic cars, antique carriages, war memorabilia and much more. The building itself is somewhat historic with an old bank vault in the lobby.

Visited May 2013
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Los Angeles
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Lots to see”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

When viewing the museum from the street, it didn't look like much. But my firends have been there before, there were so many things to see inside. Good documentation of the history of the area. Enjoyed the car collection downstairs. Also like seeing the miniature circus upstairs.

Visited April 2013
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Bellingham, Washington, United States
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2012

This is a great museum. I learned a lot about Whatcom County, and I grew up here! They have lots of antiques and interesting information on the history of the area.

Thank Toma M
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Lynden, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Well done for a small-town museum”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

As others have noted, this place is impressive given what they have to work with. It's almost entirely volunteer-run (may be entirely so) and has a limited budget to work with, yet it is packed with history and well-cared-for displays, right down to a full-blown recreation of main street. If I had any criticism it would be that there is just too much stuff for the small space. It felt a little crammed in at times. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited July 2012
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