Street Address
127 S. Mission Street
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Mailing Address
Wenatchee, WA 98801
phone: 509-888-6240
e-mail: info@wvmcc.org
web: www.wvmcc.org
Hours
Mon-Sat 10-4. Closed major holidays.
Admissions
$5 Family; $3 Individual; $1 Students 6-12, Members free.
Museum Type(s)
Art
Services
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Brenda Abney, Director
phone: 509-888-6240

Description

General museum with a broad range of programs, exhibits and collections related to the history, arts and sciences of North Central Washington.

Mission

The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center gathers and educates people to celebrate and preserve the history, arts, sciences and the rich diversity of this region and its people. In addition to being a repository of historical artifacts, photographs and records, we are pleased to offer a variety of educational programs for adults and families throughout the year.

History

The Museum was established in 1939 as the North Central Washington Museum. It had its roots in the former Columbia River Archaeological Society, which was founded in 1920. Group members had private collections of Native American artifacts recovered along the Columbia River, and wanted a community museum in which to display them. The Museum's first home was in the Wenatchee Carnegie Building at Memorial Park, where it stayed until it outgrew the quarters in the mid 1970s. In 1978 the Museum opened its doors to the public in its new home - two former federal government buildings in downtown Wenatchee. The buildings, built in 1917 and 1937, are now a local landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center operates under a partnership between the City of Wenatchee and the nonprofit Wenatchee Valley Museum Association. The buildings house two floors of engaging exhibits which connect local community members and visitors to the rich heritage and diversity of the Wenatchee Valley. Administrative offices and the Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society are also located in the Museum’s two buildings. Collections are stored in a basement under both buildings.

Educational Programs

The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center shares resources to enrich students’ understanding of the world around them. We offer many educational programs throughout the year designed for kids and families. Notable is our Super Summer Adventures program of weekly enrichment classes for students entering 1st through 7th grades. Summer classes include art, cooking, "slimy science," photography, acting, music and more. You may access the schedule and registration form online (print it out, fill it in and mail with your check) or by calling the Museum at (509) 888-6240.

  • Family Programs
  • Museum-to-You Boxes
  • Educational Videos and DVDs
  • Natural History Museum-to-You Boxes
  • Cultural History Museum-to-You Boxes

Facilities

Auditoriums

Lecture Halls

Performance Areas

Library

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: No

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Services

Event Rental

A special place for your special event... ... offering a distinctive setting for your special holiday events, company or private parties, weddings, receptions, seminars, reunions, or VIP dinners.

Group Tours

We are proud of our historic buildings, our exhibits and collections, and the special programs we offer throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you here at the Museum and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. If you are interested in a group tour, please reserve in advance by calling (509) 888-6240.

Museum Store

The Museum Store features an array of community-oriented gifts, books, toys, and videos revolving around the central themes of our Valley. In-store items include merchandise featuring trains, planes, local history, nature, Native Americans, and the fruit industry. You can now find featured items including books, collectible apple box labels, event tickets and Museum membership online. These all make great gifts!

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours