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Orcas Island Historical Museum

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

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Small But don't pass it by!!!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 November 2016
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 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 fruends from my friends wedding. Everything was nice. Nice white roses on the fence!

Thank Travel333333A
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 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 been researching the islands, and still learned quite a bit. The amount of work put... More 

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Seattle Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 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 realized there were so many ways to cut and notch logs in order to join... More 

Thank PanoramaPoint
Orcas Island, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 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 of living on an island.hunting for your food.one room school house growing up.....fabulous learning experience... More 

1 Thank 816tony
Edmonds, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 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 fun way so the kids will learn and enjoy our past and what it took... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

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

Thank CLH2000
Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2015

Small but lot's packed in. The building is a museum truly...we went during the Bird Fest art and wine opening. Very nice time.

Thank pickeyguest
Sammamish, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

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... More 

1 Thank Michael O
Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2014

Interesting exhibits about the homesteading days of Orcas Island. The settlers had to make do with what they could grow or make.

1 Thank Ruth M
San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2014

This is a pleasant little museum documenting the early years of Orcas Island. It is definitely worth a visit some day when you are walking around Eastsound wondering what to do next.

Thank scdaub

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