Renton History Museum

235 Mill Ave S, Renton, WA 98057 - United States





The Renton History Museum is Renton’s only heritage organization, and we offer permanent and changing exhibits, programs, a small research library, and a collection of over 19,500 historic photos and 90,000 objects, all relating to the history of our city and the surrounding area. Renton was founded as a coal mining town and is now the fourth largest city in Washington state, as well as the fourth most diverse. Renton has been a city of factories, small and large, throughout history, including brick-making, glass-making, twine-making, railroad car manufacture, trucks, and aircraft. Virtuoso guitarist Jimi Hendrix is buried in Greenwood Memorial Cemetery and the Renton Highlands Post Office is named for him.

The Museum regularly partners with community organizations and individuals on history-based initiatives. The Renton History Museum has won numerous awards for its innovative exhibits and programs.


"When You Can't Go Home"
Aug. 17, 2021 - Nov. 5, 2021
What is life like when you can never go home again? Local artist Karisa Kearney's sensitive watercolor portraits of refugees in Washington state combine with interview excerpts to tell the story of a growing segment of the global population: people escaping war, famine, religious or political persecution, or environmental collapse. Their stories of resilience, courage, and determination will inspire you.

"People of the Inside"
Permanent Exhibit
"People of the Inside" tells the story of the Duwamish people before and after white settlers arrived in Renton. Meet the Moses family, the last Duwamish to live on their ancestral land of the banks of the Black River, and learn about the Duwamish people today and their quest for federal recognition. The exhibit features rare artifacts and photographs to better illustrate Renton's Duwamish history.

“Something Bigger, Something Better: The Feys’ Movie Empire”
Permanent Exhibit
Rentonites love the movies, with three movie theaters operating at one time. Follow the timeline of Ben and Erwin Fey's movie empire in Renton, and see the original Fey's Roxy neon sign.

Don’t miss the Little House, a real North Renton Craftsman-style house depicting life in the 1900s - 1920s.

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