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. For more information, please call the Museum at 360-293-1915.
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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 Avenue. To reach the Anacortes Museum, turn left at 8th and Commercial and head west three blocks to the Museum on the corner of 8th Street and M Avenue. View map directions
To reach the W.T. Preston and the adjacent Maritime Heritage Center, head north on Commercial and turn right on 9th Street. Head east two blocks to R Avenue. The W.T. Preston is at 703 R Avenue, adjacent to the Maritime Heritage Center. For more information, please call the Museum at 360-293-1915.
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. For more information, please call the Museum at 360-293-1915.
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. For more information, please call the Museum at 360-293-1915.
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 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Use the M Avenue entrance for our Research Library. Our Accessions Committee will review all donations. Need further information? Call 360-293-1915.
The Anacortes Museum Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of the Anacortes Museum. Donations help fund special events and museum necessities that exceed monies available from the museum’s annual operating budget. For more information about the Anacortes Museum Foundation, please contact the Museum by phone 360-293-1915) or email the 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 $5, Seniors (65 and up) $4, and Children (5 to 16) are only $3. For more information, please call the Museum at 360-293-1915.
Yes, the Museum supports the AHPB with staff time and file space (limited). For more information, please call the Museum at 360-293-1915.
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 and host special events. For more information, please call the Museum at 360-293-1915.
Visit the Museum website to view the online searchable database and view thousands of photographs.
A Collections Committee accepts or declines items brought in for consideration as acquisitions to the Museum collections. Items accepted will have a meaningful history and connection to our community. In addition, the Museum must be able to properly store and protect them. For more information, please call the Museum at 360-293-1915.