Renton History Museum

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The Renton History Museum is a repository for objects and archives significant to the city of Renton in the state of Washington, United States. The Museum has objects and archives of Renton’s history, and has exhibits and public programs for the community.

Renton History Museum sign


As seen stated, its "mission is to preserve, document, interpret, and educate about the history of greater Renton in ways that are accessible to diverse people of all ages."[1] The museum's vision is phrased "Capture the Past, Educate the Present, Inspire the Future."[2]


The Renton Historical Society is a non-profit organization, which, with the City of Renton created the Museum as a joint project.[3] The Society provides private sector support for the Renton History Museum.[4] The Renton History Museum houses collections consisting of objects, photographs and archives representing the history of greater Renton. The Museum cares for over 90,000 objects and 13,000 photographs that document Renton’s history, spanning all periods of the city's past.[4]


  • 100 Years at Renton High
  • Sustaining a City
  • The Twilight Zone Art Show[5]

Public Programs[edit]

The Museum organizes and hosts a number of public programs, such as RenTeens Adult programs and family programs incorporate activities and lecture series relevant to Renton's rich history.


Fire Station #1 in 1944

Housed in an Art Deco-style former fire station, the Museum is located in downtown Renton at 235 Mill Avenue South.[4] The former fire station was constructed in 1942 and is the last remaining structure built under the Works Progress Administration (WPA).[4] The photo, taken from the Renton History Museum website, shows the fire station in 1944 with it was “Fire Station #1.”

Renton History Museum in 2006

Today, the station is home to the Museum's exhibits, collections and research library. The research library is open to the public by appointment.[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Renton History Museum", City of Renton, Retrieved December 18, 2015
  2. ^ "Master Plan: Experimental History Project" (pdf). Renton History Museum. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Renton History Museum official site". Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Renton History Museum". Renton, WA city official site. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Exhibits", City of Renton, Retrieved December 18, 2015

Coordinates: 47°28′48″N 122°12′12″W / 47.4801°N 122.2034°W / 47.4801; -122.2034