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Renton History Museum

Located in an historic Art Deco firehouse, the Renton History Museum offers changing exhibits, programs, publications, and events to share Renton’s stories, past and present. The Museum is situated in historic downtown Renton and is surrounded by local shops and restaurants, offers free parking, and is close to the library and Liberty Park.  

The Renton History Museum is jointly supported by the City of Renton and the Renton Historical Society, a 501(c)3. The Museum’s home is the 1942 Renton Fire Station No. 1; it is the last existing structure in the area built under the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The photo on the left in the banner is from 1944 and shows the building during its days as "Fire Station No. 1."  

The Museum’s Mission

The Museum’s mission is to preserve, document, interpret, and educate about the history of greater Renton in ways that are accessible to diverse people of all ages. 


The Museum maintains a collection of over 17,000 historic photos  and 10,000 objects  and is open to researchers by appointment. The collection includes early books and newspapers, records from local businesses, ephemera and photos relating to school life, and collections of coal mining and fire-fighting artifacts. Call 425-255-2330 or email to make an appointment. Museum staff and volunteers are available to assist researchers with historical and genealogical questions.   

The Renton Historical Society

The Renton Historical Society (RHS) is a non-profit organization that provides private sector support for the Museum. The RHS offers memberships to anyone interested in supporting the Museum’s mission to document, preserve, and educate about the history of the area.

The RHS Board of Trustees meets at the Museum on the last Tuesday of every month (except July and December) at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public and visitors are welcome. Please call the Museum at 425.255.2330 to confirm meeting date, time, and location. For more information, please contact the Museum by phone at 425-255-2330 or by email.