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918 H Street SE
Auburn, WA 98002

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28728 Green River Road
Auburn, WA 98030

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Phone: 253-288-7433

Award-Winning Permanent Exhibits

Permanent displays invite you to wander through the history of the area pioneers called the White River Valley. We now call that area Auburn, Kent, Algona and Pacific.

Visitors wander through beautifully crafted displays, layered with oral history quotes, historic photographs, hundreds of artifacts and explanatory labels. Life-like settings invite you to become involved, climbing aboard the 1924 caboose, exploring the settler's cabin and wandering into Ms. Hall's hat shop--just to mention a few!

Auburn Depot, 1924
Go back in time to the 1920s and visit the Northern Pacific depot and caboose. Imagine warming up near the pot-bellied stove and overhearing the telegraph operator sending messages. Inside the caboose, you can see the conductor's work area and play checkers. You can even pose with the conductor for a photo.

  Japanese American Farmhouse, c. 1915
Visit the Iseri family in Thomas, WA. Inside the house, visitors learn about picture brides, Buddhist home altars, and life on a truck farm. Learn about the immigrant experience in Washington.

  Auburn Downtown, 1920s
Take a tour through downtown Auburn in the 1920s. Visit the Auburn Public Market and meet James Cugini, the proprietor. Visit the Auburn Hat Shop and handle replica hats.

  Muckleshoot Indian Canoe Scene
The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe were the original inhabitants of this region, and the exhibit representing them features a river canoe set up as though the family is packed up to go hop picking, c 1890. A one inch to one foot scale model of a winter house, invites visitors to peek in and see how many fires lit it, and families lived there.

  Northern Clay Company/Gladding McBean
The Northern Clay Company, later known as Gladding McBean, famously produced the architectural terra cotta that adorns many of the high rise buildings in Seattle and Tacoma. The terra cotta industry in Auburn used clay from the Green River Valley, laborers from Auburn, designers from Vienna, and fired their work with coal from Black Diamond—all shipped out on the Northern Pacific.

  Tourist Hotel
In 1924 Auburn was a booming town, with a lively railroad yard, many business people coming and going from town via the rails. The Tourist Hotel, situated right across from the tracks and just down the block from the Auburn Depot, was the natural place for travelers and train crews to stay. Standing out front is Otto Bersch, the Auburn's mayor in
1924, and a conductor for the Northern Pacific Railroad.