The Island County Museum strives for the feel of an “old-style museum that we all remember, with lots of cool stuff". We design our exhibits to entertain and inform with displays and artifacts that are meaningful and memorable – and just plain fun!
Our Changing Exhibit Room
Hosts specialized exhibits that rotate throughout the year.
Travelling exhibits, special collections, educational events & presentations,
art exhibitions, even music – live and mechanical – have all been popular features.
Learn about the everyday lives of the early American settlers of Whidbey and Camano Island. Their tools, clothing, medical instruments, and the first car on Whidbey help you get a feel for what it was like to have left one's home for a new life in the Pacific Northwest.
Three rare dug out canoes are the centerpieces of our Native People - Native Places exhibit. A fine collection of local baskets, stone and wood implements, art, and artifacts from the
earliest Water Festival Canoe Races make this exhibit one you would not want to miss! Native peoples lived here for some 10,000 years. We celebrate their history - then and now.
Our newest exhibit is our oldest subject: The Dale Conklin Prehistory Exhibit features ancient remains of the Colombian Mammoth, and information about our last Ice Age. Glaciers once covered this part of the Pacific Northwest with ice over 3,000 feet thick. Learn how the glaciers shaped Island County, and how the mammoths may have become extinct!
(while you are here, pick up one of our GeoPark Driving Tour maps)
Four Seasons of Water
"Four Seasons of Water," a beaded artistic tribute to water, has arrived at it's new permanent home! the 15 foot, wrap around motorized canvas has over two million seed beads and took 13 years (18,000 hours) to create.
For more information on this exhibit and the artist, please visit:
Our new permanent exhibit (to be named) starts with early European exploration, Anglo-American colonization, and the communities and cultures that grew here and make up what we now know as Island County. Once the hub of the Salish Sea, this beautiful place still supports small farms, special wildlife habitat, and features a rich history and world-class landscapes.