Children and adults alike will enjoy this delightful local Bainbridge Island Historical Museum located in a 1908 Bainbridge Island schoolhouse.
Whether you have come to see the Japanese American internment exhibit and the accompanying Ansel Adams photos of Manzanar, or to learn about the Port Blakely lumber mill (which at one time was the most productive lumber mill in the country), the Native American families that used the island as their seasonal hunting and fishing grounds, the explorers who charted Puget Sound and anchored right off the island, the early families who homesteaded the island, or the Croatian fisherman who settled in Eagle Harbor in the 1880s, you won’t want to miss this museum.
The Bainbridge Island Historical Museum research library is available to visitors and is full of interesting things, like oral histories, historical photographs, biographical and subject files, and, of course, history books focused on Bainbridge Island and the Pacific Northwest.
Children are especially welcome. There are many hands-on features in the museum that will delight the younger visitors, such as drawers to open, audio recordings to listen to, videos to watch, informative handouts for children to take with them to read and color, etc. Educational events for school and tour groups can be arranged throughout the year.