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“Vintage trolley ride on wooden trolleys from Portugal”

Yakima Valley Museum
Ranked #1 of 55 things to do in Yakima
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

1/2 hr ride on remains of Yakima Valley electric railway once 20 some miles long. Historic cars have run since 1974.
Plans to extend run once they replace the stolen copper wire.

Thank Kevin F
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"soda fountain"
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"yakima valley"
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"japanese americans"
in 4 reviews
"supreme court"
in 3 reviews
"local history"
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"kids area"
in 3 reviews
"changing displays"
in 2 reviews
"the lower level"
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"interesting visit"
in 2 reviews
"high heel"
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"family price"
in 2 reviews
"neon lights"
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"different aspects"
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"few hours"
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"a real gem"
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"answer questions"
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"front door"
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Reviewed 30 May 2017

Easy to locate. Areas of interest for all members of the family. Learning about Eastern Washington - very different from Western Washington. And don't forget to visit the soda fountain on the lower level.

Thank Jane S
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

So this past weekend we found out that there is a museum in Yakima! I'd only lived for the first 18 years of my life and had no idea that this place existed. We were really glad that we found it as it was a nice little trip back through the history of the Yakima Valley.

They have some tremendous exhibits looking at everything from the history of the Apple industry, stories of the first settlers to the valley as well as a really nice exhibit on William O Douglas, the longest serving member of the Supreme Court, who was the Yakima native! Is the sorts of exhibits that really foster pride in an area. In addition, they got some great signage from the area, a few of which I remember from my childhood.

He also had a couple of very neat exhibits on some of the American Indian culture from the area as well as information on a lot of immigrants to the valley. Overall, it was incredibly informative and the sort of place that 1) my wife and I would like to come back to Sans kiddos comma and 2) the sort of place that would be really fun to have a mixer with wine and beer from the valley.

Admission was something like 2 or $3, and included admission to the "children's underground", the kids area downstairs. It was a couple of very nice rooms filled with stuff for the kids to play with. There's a stagecoach they can climb on and an old western scene with four or five little storefronts that they can play in. It's a great start to something like a children's museum that would be a wonderful addition to the valley. There's also an area with a couple of turtles in tanks, something that our kids absolutely adore! As well as an area for them to color and paint.

All in all, this is a really solid Museum for a town like Yakima. It's not the best one that you ever go to, but one that you'll certainly enjoy and one that we felt really added something to our understanding of the Yakima Valley. It's well worth checking out and one that we will be back too, hopefully by ourselves at least once!

Thank TheUhlmen
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Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Impressive local museum! The building is very grand and loaded with a whole trove of history. The electric neon signs, carriage collection, giant high heel shoe, and artifacts from a couples personal travels around the world are fascinating. Nice work Yakima!

Thank Jsleonard
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

My husband and I spent an afternoon here. Very interesting history, great collections and memorabilia!
Very surprising was discovering the history of our Japanese immigrants, their culture, influence and the daunting impact of WWII on their lives. Well worth a visit, it is easy to spend a couple hours or more. Kids enjoy it a lot too, and there is a nice little shop with ice cream.
Yakima has a lot to be proud of with this museum!

Thank Holly99353
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