Learn about the history behind our county, its people, places and events. These exhibits are new and ongoing.
We have something for everyone in the nearly 9,000 square-feet of display-only space, and our exhibits change frequently. If you are planning to visit the museum and are looking forward to seeing a specific exhibit or item, please contact the museum before you visit to see if it is still on view.
Our Hallway space is lit up with our new neon sign display! Featuring six wonderful signs from Ellensburg's past and information on the business and sign, this permanent display certainly will be very nostalgic for many. This is a permanent display and will be available during the museum's regular hours.
"Art and Architecture" is a display of some building fragments, woodworking tools, and artwork made by Kittitas County citizens. This limited-time exhibit highlights unique and historic pieces of Ellensburg's past. This exhibit is located in the Parlour Room.
The Rollinger Rock and Mineral Collection
is one of our most popular displays! From agates (and the famous
Ellensburg Blue Agate) to slices of ginkgo tree, this collection tells
the prehistory and geological history of Kittitas County. It also
reflects the passion three brothers had for rock hounding in Kittitas
County. Visitors are encouraged to learn through a hands-on experience
with various minerals, petrified wood, fossils, and even a dinosaur
bone! This exhibit was recently updated and features all-new
information, photographs, and even a few new items recently donated to
Take a fashion trip
through history with our "Clothing of Kittitas County" exhibit. Learn
how clothing has changed over time, and how it is crafted. See items
from Victorian dresses and children's outfits to wonderful umbrellas and unique hats. This exhibit displays some of the best pieces from the
museum's textile collection.
The "Our County, Our Community" exhibit is a permanent addition to the Entry Room. Learn about the communities that existed both past and present through a hands-on, interactive lighted map. Then read about those communities, from post offices to industries that either made or broke the town. Find out how 63 communities disappeared from the landscape, while only 10 remained to be what we know today.
"Intoxicating Elixirs: Soda Pop, Medicine & Alcohol" looks
at the 100th anniversary of the passage of Prohibition in Washington
State. The exhibit includes cure-alls and potions guaranteeing youth and
beauty, a look at saloons and alcohol in the early years of our state,
and what Prohibition meant. Read about the changes that took place with
the passage of Prohibition, and the deadly side of bootlegging and
Other ongoing exhibits also include the Military History exhibit, the Cheska Doll and Buggy Collection, "Ellensburgh Aflame!" (a look at the 1889 fire), local business history, recreation and sports, and more. Our exhibits also include many interactive components, such as a working rotary telephone relay system, wooden toys, rocks and minerals, and a train set.