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Grant County Museums

Grant County is located in the eastern and southern portion of North Central Washington. When you visit Grant County, you’ll be visiting a very special part of Washington State. A part that features a great deal of farmland, the amazing Columbia River, and some lively communities and popular vacation getaways. You’ll be in the neighborhood of impressive hydroelectric dams, intriguing natural wonders, and also be able to enjoy one of the best climates in the entire state.

You’ll also be in an area that is home to a fascinating history. Much of that history is available to explore to, thanks to the many Grant County Museums.

Grant County Museums

Grant County Historical Museum
Grant County Historical Museum
Grant County Historical Museum is located near the east end of Ephrata and features a unique look, including historic buildings available for touring, at life in this rural county during its early days.

Moses Lake Museum & Art Center
The Moses Lake Museum & Art Center is a one-of-a-kind attraction featuring an interesting look at the early days of the community combined with an impressive art collection.

Wanapum Dam Heritage Center
Wanapum Heritage Center
Located inside the Wanapum Dam, one of the impressive hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River, the Wanapum Heritage Center not only looks at the history of settlement in the area but also Native American history as well.

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Visitor Center
Though technically not located within Grant County as it’s just across the Columbia River in Vantage, Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park is one of the more fascinating state parks in the region. The visitor center there features incredible examples of petrified rock and a great look at the history of the discovery of this unique locale.

Douglas County Museums

When you visit Douglas County, whether you’re from North Central Washington or not, you’ll quickly see that this is a part of the country that is proud of its history. Douglas County is located in the eastern portion of the region and features a number of small towns, some dramatic landscape, and some very popular attractions. Douglas County also features some great museums.

Visiting these museums will give you an inside look at the lives of the settlers who first came to the area, the Native Americans who were already here, and a lot of the accomplishments of the people who have built it into what it is today.

Douglas County Museums

Douglas County Historical Museum
Douglas County Museum
The Douglas County Museum is located in the small town of Waterville, right on Highway 2. This is truly one of the more underrated museums in North Central Washington and it does a great job telling the story of the early settlement of the county.
Website: Douglas County Museum

Dry Falls Visitor Center
Dry Falls Visitor Center
Dry Falls is one of the most dramatic scenic locations in the entire state of Washington. Perched right on its rim is the Dry Falls Visitor Center. When you visit there you will find out everything you would want to know about this amazing place. From how it was formed to how it has impacted the lives of the people who live near it, it’s all covered there.
Website: Dry Falls Visitor Center

Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center
Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center
There probably isn’t a more famous attraction in North Central Washington than Grand Coulee Dam. Some people visit to marvel at its size, some to view the laser light show, and some to learn about its history. The best way to do the latter is to take the time to visit the famous Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center.
Website: Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center

Okanogan County Museums

Okanogan County sits in the northernmost part of North Central Washington and is home to a number of great communities, attractions, and things to experience. You can visit an Old West themed town, the grave site of Chief Joseph, the largest hydroelectric producing dam in the nation, and even visit a ghost town without leaving the county.

If you love history, Okanogan County can help you out there too. Here is a brief look at the museums you can experience when you visit Okanogan County.

Okanogan County Museums

Shafer Museum
Shafer Museum
The Shafer Museum is located in Winthrop, Washington and is home to some of the best examples of historic machinery used in the early days of the region.
Website: Shafer Museum

Okanogan County Historical Museum
Okanogan County Historical Museum
The Okanogan County Historical Museum is located on the north end of Okanogan and includes a great display of artifacts detailing the early days of the county.
Website: Okanogan County Historical Museum

Conconully Museum
Conconully Museum
Conconully is a very small community with a fascinating history. That history can be explored with a quick stop at the Conconully Museum.
Website: Conconully Museum

Okanogan County Historical Museum
Colville Tribal Museum
The Colville Tribal Museum does a great job of telling the story of Native American history in North Central Washington.
Website: Colville Tribal Museum

Fort Okanogan State Park Interpretive Center
Fort Okanogan State Park Interpretive Center
Fort Okanogan State Park is a day-use-only state park that features a great view of the confluence of the Okanogan and Columbia rivers. It also features an outstanding interpretive center with some very nice displays on both what life at the fort was like, as well as its impact on the area around it.
Website: Fort Okanogan State Park Interpretive Center

Visit The Grant County Historical Museum In Ephrata, Washington


North Central Washington is home to some great museums. It’s also home to some fascinating history, much of which can be explored in those museums. It seems like almost every town has a small museum dedicated to preserving, protecting, and displaying local history.

The city of Ephrata is no different. If you’re driving on Highway 28, you’re guaranteed to see it too. On the east end of town, you’ll pass right by the Grant County Historical Museum.

The Grant County Historical Museum has a unique look to it that features an indoor area filled with all sorts of treasures and a large outdoor yard that features old farm implements and historic buildings. Taking the time to work your way through both areas is the best way to experience this very cool local history museum.

A large focus of the Grant County Historical Museum is on what life was like when the pioneers that settled the area were building it into what it would become. Also included is a look at Native American life in the area, as well as early prospectors who worked the local gold fields. There is a very nice display of guns, tools, cookware, and other important artifacts of life in the early days of Grant County.

You will also find a huge amount of old newspaper clippings, photographs, and other important paper items. Much of this is related to ranching history and if you’re a fan of Old West or cowboy history, this could be a big draw for you.


Among the other items that can be seen there are period clothing, pianos, brewery artifacts, housewares, and gold mining equipment.

Whether you’re going there as part of a plan or just driving through and finally stopping at a place that’s always captured your curiosity, the Grant County Historical Museum is sure to satisfy.

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NCW Photo of the Week: The Museum of the Columbia at Rocky Reach Dam

Rocky Reach Dam sits just north of Wenatchee on US97A, right on the way to Entiat, Chelan, and the North Cascades Highway. There are a lot of great attractions at the dam including everything from picnic areas to a small theater. History buffs will also love the free Museum of the Columbia that is located right out inside the dam itself.