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Opening October 23, 2020

A lot, it turns out! We’re celebrating the centennial of national women’s suffrage by exploring the extraordinary lives of Renton achievers. Many Washington women gained the vote in 1910, just a few years after Renton became a city and a decade before women in the rest of the country. But women did not wait for the vote to make changes. Learn about these extraordinary Renton women’s accomplishments in building and supporting hospitals, libraries, schools, and churches; pressing for civil and human rights; fighting poverty; and generally making Renton the city it is today.

Renton's Sporting Triumphs exhibit graphic

Opens September 9, 2020

Did you know that Renton has produced star NFL players? Did you know we had a girls' basketball dynasty in the 1920s? To accompany the Smithsonian exhibit Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America we've taken a deep dive into Renton sports history to unearth some of the forgotten and most fascinating stories. Come learn the amazing stories of almost-Olympians, super human three-sport athletes, and tenacious sports trailblazers. The current pandemic has taken sports away from us and we are taking the time to think about what sports mean to Renton.

People of the InsideDuwamish Native American Jennie Moses, ca. 1907Generously funded by 4Culture, People of the Inside tells the story of the Duwamish before and after White settlers came to Renton. Become acquainted with the Moses family, the last Duwamish to live on their ancestral land of the banks of the Black River, and learn about the Duwamish today. The exhibit features all new artifacts and photographs to better illustrate Renton's Duwamish history.


Early Industries ExhibitsThree coal miners underground in Renton Coal Mine, early 1900sRenton Co-operative Coal Company tells the unique story of a group of miners in Renton who came to this country searching for better lives. The second exhibit features two of Renton's other early industries and the people who built them: Denny-Renton Clay & Coal and Pacific Car & Foundry (PACCAR). The exhibits were created with grant funding from 4Culture. 

The Little House
Corner in the Little House exhibit showing a phonograph and a church organ

A favorite for intergenerational groups, the Little House features a typical parlor and kitchen that would have been found in Renton during the Depression. It features many Renton furniture and artifacts dating from 1870 to the 1930s. Four historic Renton residents - George W. Custer, Florence Tonkin, Edmund E. Duff, and Modesta Delaurenti - tell their stories and help guide visitors through the house. 

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