Experiment with History

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The Renton History Museum strives to be a center for lifelong learning. From toddlers to seniors, the museum wants all to feel connected to the place where they live, and learning about history is an important way to do that.

The Museum offers resources for:

Community Leaders

Renton High School students at the Two By Two exhibit openingThe 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).

If a community or Renton organization has a history story the museum can document and preserve the story and tell it in the museum.

Teachers

Roger Fernandes storytelling at a schoolThe museum has developed a Coast Salish Curriculum at the 3rd-4th grade level 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).

Parents / Group Leaders

Renton Skyway Boys & Girls club in front of the MuseumGroup docent-led tours of the museum are available. Tours are tailored for age, skill level, and interest; special activities—storytelling, demonstrations, crafts—are available for an additional fee.

Tours should be booked at least two weeks in advance and are $5.00 per person (for groups of children, chaperones are free).There is a $40 minimum charge for tours, which includes admission for eight (8) people.

To book, submit the completed Museum Tour Scheduling form to the Public Engagement Coordinator.

The museum also offers year round programs for adults and families. These programs are free with museum admission.

Summer Camp Leaders

Pacific Science Center summer camp vanMuseum staff will work with community members to tailor tours that complement summer camp focus.

Special arrangements should be made as soon as possible.

Researchers

Researcher at Renton History MuseumThe museum has extensive primary sources available for genealogists and other researchers, and museum staff are 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.

Call (425-255-2330) or email in advance to ensure staff is available. The Research Room is not available on Saturdays.

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