The Renton History Museum strives to be a center for lifelong learning. From toddlers to seniors, we all want to feel connected to the place where we live, and learning about history is an important way to do that.
The Museum offers resources for:
The Renton History Museum regularly creates collaborative exhibits with students, artists, and community groups. Recent exhibits have involved partnerships with Renton High students (Two By Two), installation artist Eugene Parnell (Bigfoot is Probably Real), and the Renton River Days Board of Directors (80,000 Ducks, 25 Years). Does your community or Renton organization have a history story to tell? We can work with you to document and preserve your story and tell it in the Museum.
Let’s start a conversation! Please call 425.255.2330 or email.
The Museum has developed local history curricula at the 3-4th and 7-8th grade levels to be used in the classroom. These curricula meet Office of the Superintendent Public Instruction standards for Classroom-Based Assessments (CBAs) and Early Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs). Students have the opportunity to critically analyze historic photographs and objects, write, and present their findings to their peers, while learning about Renton history.
For more information, check out our Curricula page.
These programs are free to public schools within the Renton school district; fees apply for private schools, home schools, and schools outside the district. Please call or email for more details.
Parents / Group leaders
Group docent led tours of the Museum are available for $5.00 per person (for groups of children, chaperones are free). Tours are tailored for age, skill level, and interest; special activities—storytelling, demonstrations, crafts—are available for an additional fee. Please call or email to book your tours at least two weeks in advance. There is a $40 minimum charge for tours. This fee includes admission for 8 people.
The Museum also offers spring and fall speaker programs for adults and families. These programs are free with Museum admission.
Summer camp leaders
Museum staff will work with you as best we can to tailor our tours to complement the focus of your summer camp. Please call or email as early as possible to discuss special arrangements.
The Museum has extensive primary sources available for genealogists and other researchers, and we have staff skilled in assisting with research. Resources include high school yearbooks, city directories, historic photos, limited maps, oral histories, published local histories, and biographical and topical clipping files.
Please call (425.255.2330) or email in advance of your visit to ensure staff is available to assist you. The Research Room is unavailable for use on Saturdays.