Edmonds Historical Museum
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Edmonds Historical Museum
Andrew Carnegie Library
The building's present incarnation as
the Edmonds Historical Museum
|Location||118 5th Avenue N., Edmonds, Washington|
|Area||Less than one acre|
|Architectural style||Edwardian, Beaux Arts|
|MPS||Carnegie Libraries of Washington TR (AD)|
|NRHP reference #||73001887|
|Added to NRHP||April 24, 1973|
The Edmonds Historical Museum is a free museum in Edmonds, Washington, which tells the story of Edmonds' history through various temporary and permanent exhibits and a small collection of artifacts. It was established in 1973 by the Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society. It is located in downtown Edmonds at 118 5th Ave. North.
The museum building has two floors. The upper floor features an exhibit gallery which offers temporary rotating displays, a diorama depicting the 1910 Edmonds town site and waterfront, and the Cook Victorian Parlor. The upper level also houses the administrative office, work rooms, a local history library and an extensive photography archive. The public is encouraged to use the research library, with an advance appointment.
The ground floor consists of the long-term exhibit conceived to commemorate the centennial of the incorporation of the City of Edmonds (1890/1990). "The Changing Face of Edmonds" is an encapsulated, thematic, and chronological history exhibit, interpreting the many changes that have taken place, from the age of exploration and discovery, through the founding and growth of the city, and up to the 1950s when the last mill closed. Highlights of the exhibit include a reconstruction of a room from the 1894 Stevens Hotel, and a working model of a shingle mill, representative of the mills that filled the waterfront at the turn of the century.
Events and community outreach
Most visitors to the museum come in the form of local travelers and school groups. To further accommodate school groups and education, the museum has also created "Trunk Tales for the Classroom" which are sent to schools to provide a hands-on, interactive approach to learning about Edmond’s history. In addition to providing the Trunk Tales, The Edmonds Historical Museum hosts and participates in several local community events including the Edmonds Historical Walk and the Edmonds Museum Garden Market (summers). The museum also has special events on Halloween, 4 July and Christmas.