Museums to visit in and near Walla Walla.
Want some more culture? Consider visiting these museums in and near Walla Walla.
Fort Walla Walla Museum
Located on what was a 19th-century military fort, the Fort Walla Walla Museum features a pioneer settlement of historic buildings, gardens and exhibit halls with thousands of artifacts plus “living history” performances on summer weekends. 509-525-7703 or www.fortwallawallamuseum.org
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National Historic Site
Marcus and Narcissa Whitman built the mission in 1836 seven miles west of Walla Walla. After more than a decade of interactions between settlers, missionaries and the Cayuse Indians, the venture ended in violence. Several Cayuse people killed the Whitmans and 11 others during a measles epidemic. Now a national historic site, ranger presentations and guest speakers provide educational and hands-on demonstrations about pioneer and Cayuse life from the 1840s. www.nps.gov/whmi or 509-529-2761.
Within easy walking distance of downtown Walla Walla, the Kirkman House Museum, once a luxurious 1880s home, is one of the Northwest’s notable Victorian structures. www.kirkmanhousemuseum.org or 509-529-4373.
Get details on other museums and sights through Tourism Walla Walla, www.wallawalla.org or 877-998-4748. A visitors’ guide is available online or at the tourist-information booth at 26 E. Main St.
Walla Walla Union Bulletin
and The Seattle Times