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The Anacortes Museum News & Information web pages provide readers with access to current and past issues of the museum newsletters, as well as maps to our facilities and rosters of museum staff and museum boardmembers. 

Frequently Asked Questions

            When is the Museum Open?

            The Carnegie Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10-4 PM and Sun 1-4 PM. Closed Mondays. The Research Library is open Tuesday through Friday from 10-4 PM Appointments are appreciated! The W.T. PRESTON and Maritime Heritage Center are open weekends only April, May, Sept, Oct, Saturdays 10-4 PM and Sundays 11-4 PM; 10-4 PM daily except Monday June through August (Sundays 11-4 PM); closed November-March.

            How do I get to the Anacortes Museum?

            From Interstate 5, north or southbound, take exit 230 and follow State Route 20 west to Anacortes. Coming into town, you will be traveling north on Commercial Ave. To reach the Anacortes Museum, turn left at 8th and Commercial and head west three blocks to the Museum on the corner of 8th St. and M Ave.   Click here to see map directions.

            How do I get to the WT Preston and the Maritime Heritage Center?

            To reach the W.T. PRESTON and the adjacent Maritime Heritage Center, head north on Commercial and turn right on 9th St. Head east two blocks to R Ave. The WT PRESTON is at 703 R Ave., adjacent to the Maritime Heritage Center.

            Are the Museum sites handicapped accessible?

            Yes. The research library and offices in the lower level of the Museum building are wheelchair accessible. There is a lift to the exhibit gallery on the second floor; parking is via the alley behind the Museum. The W.T. Preston has an ADA ramp to the main deck.

            What is the mission of the Anacortes Museum?

            The Anacortes Museum exists to preserve and interpret the history of Fidalgo and Guemes Islands and to nurture in the community an awareness and appreciation of its heritage.


            May I view the Wallie Funk Collection?

            We are happy to say yes, you may search and view the Wallie Funk Collection and virtually all of our artifacts using our online database. Also, we certainly respond to formal research requests for specific material, preferably by appointment during research library hours.

            How do I donate photographs or artifacts to theAnacortes Museum?

            The Anacortes Museum appreciates receiving donations for our collection, which pertain to people, events, places, businesses, etc. of Fidalgo and/or Guemes Islands. Please send an email to the Anacortes Museum describing your donation and its connection to Anacortes history. You may also bring your items to the museum office 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday (except Wednesdays, when we are closed). Use the M Avenue entrance for our Research Library. Our Accessions Committee will review all donations. Need further information? Call (360) 293-1915

            How do I join or donate to the Anacortes Museum Foundation?

            The Anacortes Museum Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of the Anacortes Museum. Membership dollars help fund special events and museum necessities that exceed monies available from the museum’s annual operating budget. For more information about membership in the Anacortes Museum Foundation, please contact the Museum by phone (360-293-1915) or e-mail       

            How much does it cost to visit theAnacortes Museum?

            FREE! Both our Carnegie Gallery and our Maritime Heritage Center allow free admission. Tours of the W.T. Preston do require a small fee: Adults $3, Seniors (65+) $2, and Children (8-16) are only $1.

            Is the Anacortes Historic Preservation Board connected to the Museum?

            Yes, the Museum supports the AHPB with staff time and file space (limited).

            What boards govern Museum operations?

            The Museum Advisory Board consists of 7 volunteers appointed by the Mayor to advise the Mayor and the Museum Director. The Museum Foundation Board provides non-profit stewardship of monetary grants, donations and funds raised by the Foundation in support of the Museum. Board members also manage the two Museum gift shops, host special events, and publish a quarterly newsletter.