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Current Exhibits

Reminisce, Remember, Recall”

        – Come meet some of Spokane’s colorful characters!

Dutch Jake:

Come meet Spokane’s “cool uncle” that always had a bed available for the down and out miner. Visit him and his “world famous” gambling wheel!

Willie Wiley:

The shirtless man who warmed the hearts of the people of Spokane. Meet the man who would sport just his khaki shorts, even to go ice skating!

“Our Cherished Nat Park”

Spokane’s first amusement park reopens here at the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum to remember the park that always was sure to be fun for the whole family. 

Smithsonian Space Exhibit 

We have a historical fascination with space. Our traveling exhibit, on loan from the Smithsonian Institute takes a peek into the early explorers of the next frontier.

Thought-provoking images — captured by high-tech satellites constantly circling the globe — invite contemplation of conditions and events that are nearly impossible to document on the planet’s surface.

Visit the Museum and fly alongside NASA satellites, watch video from the Mars Curiosity rover and check out images from the Hubble Telescope.

Under One Sky, 1800-1890

The Spokane Valley is the ancestral homeland of several Indian tribes,
including the Spokanes and the Coeur d’Alenes.
Pow wows were held in the Valley along the Spokane River, bringing
together the Palouse, Nez Perce and other tribes for annual games,
trading and storytelling. The exhibit features stories of the fur traders,
the missionary priests, Antoine Plante, and the Mullan Road.

Farming in the Valleyprcjard far,omg

Orchard farming was the chief economic driver in Spokane Valley’s
early years. Without water, however, none of it was possible.
Our farming exhibit highlights the Corbin Irrigation Head Gate
at Post Falls, Idaho. In 1907, the system was composed of 54 miles
of ditch, flume and canals carrying water to apple orchards and truck
farms in Spokane Valley. 

Communications Cornertelecommunications history

Technology and transportation are vital to the growth of any urban
center. At one point, there were as many as 11 railroad tracks
cutting through the Spokane Valley. The trains carried passengers
and freight, especially locally grown fruit and other agricultural
products destined for eastern states. Technology developed our
ability to communicate with the world and the Museum has a replica
telephone switchboard for you to investigate.

Electrifying the Modern Womanwomen history

Women in early Spokane Valley days held the family together by keeping
a strong household. The Museum has a room dedicated to their lives
as homemakers and the early technology that helped them. We have a
collection of artifacts such as clothes irons, lamps, kitchenware, toasters
and appliances. We have a special wall dedicated to women central to
Spokane Valley history:

  • May Arkright Hutton, the first woman in Washington State to sit on a
    jury and register to vote in the country
  • Matilda Greenfield Johnson Stegner Narup, who ran the Trent post
  • Stella Schafer Torrey, who operated the Spokane Valley Maternity Home

Exhibits from the Honor Point Museum

Here at the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, we make it our priority to preserve local history and keep these exhibits in the Spokane area. The Honor Point Military and Aerospace Museum approached us and offered us the chance to rescue these artifacts from Eastern Washington’s history. We are proud to add both the Fort Wright and Missile Complex exhibits to our featured exhibits, provide a refuge for these artifacts after the closure of the Honor Point Museum, and keep these artifacts in the community.

Fort George Wright Exhibit: 

Visit artifacts from the famous fort opened in 1899. The fort was in use during the Spanish American War and was actually visited several times by president Theodore Roosevelt. Home to the Buffalo Soldiers, an African American Cavalry that assisted Roosevelt in his seizure of San Juan Hill, the Fort remained in use until 1957.

Missile Complex:

 Check out the new “explosive” Missile Complex Exhibit. Featuring a map of silo and bunker locations throughout Eastern Washington.