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Orcas Island Historical Museum

181 N Beach Rd, Orcas Island, WA
+1 360-376-4849
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Actually really interesting and well-done museum

This is a small museum that has tried to preserve the history of Orcas Island from the start of the... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2017
40by40
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Seattle, Washington
Great Little Museum

Very interesting displays and artifacts. Unique putting five homestead cabins together and covering... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Anthony T
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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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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181 N Beach Rd, Orcas Island, WA
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Reviewed 1 August 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 23 May 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 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...More

Thank Travel333333A
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...More

Thank wertygirl
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...More

Thank PanoramaPoint
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...More

1  Thank 816tony
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...More

Thank Mike O
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
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
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...More

1  Thank Michael O
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