Renton History Museum

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





The Renton History Museum is the city’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.


Hero's Feast
May 7, 2019 - October 16, 2019
This exhibit explores Dungeons and Dragons and the people who play it. Full of much-loved objects, the exhibit explores the ways in which role-playing games bring people together in supportive communities.

“People of the Inside”
Permanent Exhibit
People of the Inside tells the story of the Duwamish before and after White settlers came to Renton. Become acquainted with the Moses family, the last Duwamish to live on their ancestral land of the banks of the Black River, and learn about the Duwamish today. The exhibit features all new artifacts and photographs to better illustrate Renton's Duwamish history.

“Something Bigger, Something Better: The Feys’ Movie Empire”
Permanent Exhibit
This exhibit is on Renton’s many movie theater

“Sustaining A City”
Permanent Exhibit
This exhibit is about the ways that food has brought waves of immigrants together in our city.

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


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