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Franklin County Historical Museum

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Address: 305 N 4th Ave, Pasco, WA 99301-5324
Phone Number:
+1 509-547-3714
12:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Fri 12:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

From the moment you enter the Franklin County Historical Museum you will be...

From the moment you enter the Franklin County Historical Museum you will be treated with true historical hospitality! Whether you choose to enjoy our collection of artifacts and information at your own pace or receive a personalized tour from one of our gracious tour guides, you will not be disappointed as you stroll through the history of our area. Marvel at the stunning architecture of the original Carnegie Library built in 1911 that proudly houses our museum. The high ceilings and beautifully restored ornate dark wood trim create an authentic period atmosphere. Our wide-ranging collection of historic artifacts, photographs and information help tell the story of the unique history of Franklin County. Learn about the role of the Northern Pacific Railroad in founding the city of Pasco, the county’s rich and very diverse agricultural history, the effects of three merging rivers on the local economy, and the growth of the area due to WWI and WWII. Franklin County Historical Society and Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving Franklin county’s unique history. Take time during your visit to stop in our unique gift shop stocked with Washington and area souvenirs that will be sure to provide the perfect keepsake of your trip or gift for friends and family. Plan to visit us during your stop in the Tri-cities to experience historical hospitality at it’s finest!

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Guys. Ladies. This museum will rock your socks off.

I really enjoyed the exhibits, I had no idea about the breadth and diversity of the history of Franklin County. Eva was an excellent tour guide. She answered all my questions and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sarah M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoyed the exhibits, I had no idea about the breadth and diversity of the history of Franklin County. Eva was an excellent tour guide. She answered all my questions and was full of so much information. The museum itself was so charming and full of local history. I learned things about my hometown, and about myself. I definitely... More 

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Thank you, Sarah, for visiting the museum! We look forward to having you back soon! More 

Fallon, Nevada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was looking for something to do in the Tri Cities and stumbled upon this museum. What a gem! Well organized with informative staff - thanks for answering our questions Eva! The building is beautiful and charming. I will definitely be going there again.

Thank leftinlahontan
Vancouver, Washington
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

So much history in the town we grew up and came back to visit. the museum is a treasure with so much to see. Some of the names we knew so we must be getting old :)

Thank Rick C
Kennewick, Washington
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

Same as above, In addition to that the employees were very friendly and informed. We are going to join. We were there yesterday for one and hours and only got through the first part. So we will be going back several times in order to finish looking at all the exhibits.

Thank larryroberts59
Pasco, Washington
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

I took a group of 3rd grade students to this museum and found it to be full of historical materials that depicted life during the years of the early settlers to this area.

Thank sagarlewis
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Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

Absolutely wonderful. Great and frindly staff with tons of knowledge of each item on display. Worth the time to visit.

Thank HickFromTheSticks
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Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

We got a great guided tour by docent Rick. He was a retired history teacher from Pasco and was very knowledgable. There is no entry fee but donations are encouraged. It is definitely worth the time to visit this museum.

Thank harv2u
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Reviewed 16 March 2016

This is a great learning experience, lots of history in this place, if your interested in how Pasco started, grew and became a map maker visit this museum, you'll learn the history behind the blue bridge, the Moore Mansion, and lots more, was very interesting!

Thank Neomia T
El Cajon, California
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Reviewed 30 October 2015

Abraham Lincoln once quoted " American History is not something dead or over, It always is alive, always growing, always unfinished ". My wife and I visited the Franklin County Historical Museum in Pasco, Washington last week and were so amazed at what we witnessed. The Museum was originally constructed in 1910 as part of Andrew Carnegie's worldwide library construction... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 27 May 2015 via mobile

Great collection of artifacts which will bring back memories to silver haired visitors. Railroad history is exceptional as well as Community contribution to WW ll. plan for 30 -45 minute visit. Friendly helpful volunteer staff.

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