If you are looking for some local history, then the Yakima Valley Museum is a must. Covering the area’s entire known history – including a section that offers a peek at what the Yakima Valley looked like 10,000 to 25 million years ago – its collection is impressive.
Permanent displays include extensive collections of the Yakima Native American tribe, settlers from the 19th century and more. See a collection of horse-drawn vehicles and learn about how the Yakima Valley came to be known as the “fruit bowl of the nation.” View over 10,000 historical clothing items spanning three centuries.
For the kids, be sure to check out the Children’s Underground, a hands-on portion of the museum with educational activities.
Thirsty? Check out the Museum Soda Fountain, a replica of a 1930s Art Deco soda fountain that is still in operation.
While at the museum, take a the short three-block walk to the Gilbert House, a 1898 farmhouse on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Yakima Valley Museum is located at 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima.