History comes to life in Mason County's most extensive collection of historic documents, photos, and artifacts from the timber, shellfish, farming, and early pioneer days. Located conveniently in the heart of historic downtown Shelton, the Mason County Historical Museum is open to the public.
The museum maintains a public library of historical materials including photos, tapes, letters, diaries, periodicals, and newspapers.
Squaxin Island Tribe Museum Library and Research Center
150 SE KWUH-DEEGS-ALTXW, Kamiche, WA | (360) 432-3839 The Squaxin Island Museum Library and Research Center (MLRC) tells the story of the People of the Water through a series of exhibits depicting the relationship between Squaxin Island tribal members and the seven inlets of South Puget Sound. Visitors experience the rich culture of the Squaxin Island Tribe by participating in cultural activities and special events. There is an amazing carving and basketry exhibit and the building itself is quite spectacular!
Closed Sunday & Monday Admission:$5 – Adults$4; Seniors;$2 – Children ages 5 to 12; Free– Children under 5
Skokomish Tribal Museum
80 North Tribal Center Rd, Skokomish Nation, WA | (360) 426-4232
What is now known as the Skokomish Tribe actually was primarily composed of Twana Indians, a Salishan people whose aboriginal territory encompassed the Hood Canal drainage basin in western Washington State. The tribe’s first recorded direct contact with European culture came in 1792 and resulted in a devastating smallpox epidemic that took the lives of many. There were nine Twana communities, the largest being known as the Skokomish, or “big river people.” The Twana subsisted on hunting, fishing and gathering activities, practicing a nomadic life-style during warmer weather and resettling at permanent sites during the winter. Twana descendants live on the Skokomish Reservation, and all have become known as the Skokomish Tribe.
The museum display is open weekdays 8 AM – 3 PM Admission is free