Karshner Museum

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Paul H. Karshner Memorial Museum
Karshner Museum is located in Washington (state)
Karshner Museum
Location of Karshner Museum
Location309 4th Street NE, Puyallup, Washington
Coordinates47°11′37″N 122°17′23″W / 47.193478°N 122.289626°W / 47.193478; -122.289626

The Karshner Museum, also known as Paul H. Karshner Memorial Museum , is a natural history museum located at 309 4th Street NE, Puyallup, Washington. It is one of the only museums owned by a local school district.[1]


The museum was founded in 1930 by Dr Warner M. Karshner and his wife in honor of their son, Paul Hibbert Karshner, who died of polio. Paul was only 17 years of age, just beginning his senior year at Puyallup High School.[2] It initially consisted of Karshner's private collection of 10,000 items including Native American artifacts. It has grown to include items from South Pacific islands as well as a Dale Chihuly glass exhibit.[3]

The museum is managed by the Puyallup School District and is an active part of the curriculum through fifth grade.[4] It is open during school hours and during monthly "Family Days" on weekends.[5]


In 2009, the museum helped repatriate funerary items from its collections to the Yakama Nation, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington and the Wanapum Band.[6]


  1. ^ "Karshner Museum History". Karshner Museum. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Warner Melvin Karshner Biography: Karshner Museum". Puyallup.com. September 15, 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Karshner Museum Collections". Karshner Museum. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  4. ^ "Puyallup School District: Karshner Museum". Puyallup School District. February 18, 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Puyallup quick takes". The Herald (Puyallup, WA). September 30, 2009. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  6. ^ Hutt, Sherry (January 26, 2009). "otice of Intent to Repatriate a Cultural Item: Paul H. Karshner Memorial Museum, Puyallup, WA". National Park Service. Retrieved 28 November 2009.

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