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Renton History Museum Cultural Events

Cultural events are free with regular Museum admission, a suggested donation of $3 per adult and $1 per child, and always free for members.

Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Ave. S., Renton, WA 98057, one block south of Renton Library. Phone: 425.255.2330.  

Gone But Not Forgotten: The Lives of Newcastle's Historic Cemetery 

Newcastle Cemetery

Saturday, January 31

1:00 pm 

Join Newcastle Historical Society Vice President Vickie Baima Olson for a deeply personal look at the lives memorialized forever in Newcastle’s oldest final resting place, Newcastle Cemetery. Hear about Newcastle Historical Society’s efforts to breathe new life into the 140-year-old graveyard through a process of rigorous restoration and preservation. This is your chance to get one last taste of our neighbors to the north before “Newcastle: Little Giant of the Eastside” closes on February 7th, so don’t miss out! Format will be a short presentation followed by discussion.



Rap 101: The Message Behind the Music

Eric Davis

A Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau presentation by Eric Davis  

Thursday, February 19

5:30 pm

If all art is political, what are the political, cultural, and societal implications of rap? What does rap convey about the state of society today? In honor of Black History Month, the Museum will host Bellevue College Sociology Professor Eric Davis, or “Professor E,” for a conversation exploring contemporary popular culture, diversity issues, and social justice through the lyrics of popular rap music. Courtesy of Humanities Washington.


Global Heat: Hip Hop Soul Music and Dance

Saturday, February 28

1:00 pm  

Global HeatIn this special family-friendly Black History Month performance, Global Heat will celebrate the Black roots of hip hop through fusion music, break dancing, and the spoken word. The show will feature excerpts from the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a discussion of the history of hip hop dance and its origins in traditional African and Brazilian dance and martial arts. The program includes free-style rap by hip hop MCs. This program was a big hit last year, so don’t miss out on your chance to see it again! 


First Sculptor of Seattle—The Life & Art of James A. WehnFirst Sculptor of Seattle

Thursday, March 5

7:00–8:00 pm

Author and art historian Fred Poyner IV discusses his recent biography about Seattle sculptor James A. Wehn, the creator of the Chief Seattle fountain.


Exploring the Rich Historic Tradition of Cat Videos with the Creator of Henri, Le Chat Noir

HenriThursday, March 19 

5:307:30 pm 

In honor of our Furry Friends pet exhibit, the Museum will host Internet cat video superstar Will Braden, creator of Henri, le Chat Noir and winner of the coveted Internet Cat Video Festival Golden Kitty Award. Braden will use clips of historic cat videos to show us that while the Internet may be relatively new, our fascination with filming our pets certainly is not.