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Fort Walla Walla Museum
Ranked #1 of 112 things to do in Walla Walla
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed November 25, 2013

If you want to learn massive amounts of history with physical objects and items that help you build mental pictures this place is the place to go! It is great for all ages, I have been going since I was 3 and I'm almost 17 and still enjoy it! They add things, change it up, and sometimes they have reenactments of certain time periods! I'm thankful that there is a beautiful park and cemetery next to the museum!

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"gift shop"
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

This museum is open almost every day of the year. It is very interesting because it contains historic buildings that you can visit and see how people lived. The museum this trip contained an excellent Civil War exhibit. The West usually doesn't have great artifacts. This museum took a look at the Officers in the Civil War that served in the West before and after the Civil War. The ladies dresses were a fantastic addition. There was an exhibit of Native American beadwork that had been part of a family's collection. The family history, pictures, and items gave a very interesting picture of the relationship between the family and the Native Americans. I also enjoyed the wedding dresses. We think they are incredible now, but there was one from
San Francisco that had all the types of decorations available. I will make sure I add Walla Walla to my itineraries when I travel through Tri Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland).

2  Thank Randy M
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

The Fort Walla Walla Museum was a real surprise! The Civil War historical artifacts were interesting and complete. But the real dazzler was the early farming equipment displays in the annex buildings. The little pioneer village cottages were very complete and authentic too.

2  Thank Marvon
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

We visited Washington & Oregon in part to familiarise ourselves with the Plateau Indians as opposed to the more well known Plains Indians. Research indicated good museums to see were;

The Wanapum Cultural Heritage Museum near Vantage, which covers the Wanapum Indians who never signed a peace treaty. This is small but very well put together, viewed from an Indian perspective, well worth seeing, free, and you CAN take photos.

The Fort Walla Walla museum at Walla Walla which covers the Plateau Indians in general, as well as the pioneers. This is a big exhibition, professionally laid out and very interesting. Though from an 'American' perspective, it forms an indepth background to the historical period on the Plateau to the present day, including buildings and farm equipement. $7 and well worth it, and you CAN take photos..

The Tamastslikt Cultural Institute at Pendleton which celebrates the traditions of Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Tribes, and the impact of the settlers on the Oregon trail. This medium to large size exhibition is as seen from the Indian perspective, extremely well laid out and very interesting, $8, but free on the first Friday of the month, but NO photos!

And the Wallowa county museum, Joseph Oregon - a collection representing both the Nez Percé, and the local pioneers. This is a very amateur collection based on a donated local collectors lifetime collection, supplemented by current and former Wallowa County residents, it is just that - a muddled very amateur affair, of some interest. $4, NO photos There is little about the Nez Perce, apart from a copy of some dozen annotated paintings of the 1877 war from their perspective - very interesting, but difficult to follow in places. As interesting are the photos at the Nez Perce Homeland Project Exhibit near the main junction - look for the tepees outside.

All in all the 3 professionally laid out museums are well worth visiting, but the amateur affair is easily missable.

2  Thank Tessaanddennis
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Unexpected display of early farming equipment and audio visuals of historic farming practices. Also has a pioneer settlement with living history programs. As expected, there are historic photos and artifacts of the fort's soldiers, area pioneers, and area native americans.

Some gems you can easily miss: 1) nature trail through walnut trees - rest a bit on some shaded benches, 2) apple trees have some wonderful apples near the school house 3) Exhibit building #1 has info on pioneer farms in a modified poster display - in a corner of building 4) book store has the book An Illustrated History of Fort Walla Walla.

Take note that the real fort is still standing a mile or so from the museum and is currently the VA Medical Center. Take time to drive and walk the grounds - especially the 5.5 acre cemetery on the south-western corner of VA Medical Center.

2  Thank Kenneth H
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