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Spokane Valley Heritage Museum is the repository for the Heritage of the area with multiple exhibits curated to tell our rich local history. 

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Mullan Military Road

Mullan’s Military Road exhibit opens on April 30th. 624 miles of road were constructed from Ft Walla Walla, WA to Ft Benton, MT from 1858 to 862.

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Communications Corner

Technology developed our ability to communicate with the world and the Museum has a replica telephone switchboard for you to investigate.

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Apple is King

Apple orchard farming was the chief economic driver in Spokane Valley’s early years. Without water, however, none of it was possible.

Under One Sky

Spokane Valley is the ancestral homeland of the Coeur d’Alene tribe. Under One Sky exhibit features stories of fur traders, missionary priests, Antoine Plante, and the Mullan Road.

What Our Visitors Say

"Great museum staffed with friendly and knowledgeable workers. Such a neat spot with cool exhibits. Even locals visit to learn about the history of the Spokane Valley. Unlike any other museum you'll ever visit. Take it from someone who teaches and studies history...this place is awesome."

- Google Reviewer

"For such a relatively small museum it it packed full of fascinating history with items and relics that will take you on a journey into the history of Spokane. Loved my visit here."

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"One of many local historical museums we visited during our stay in the area during 2023. All were great. This one was particularly nice and well-kept. Good history early settlers, immigrants, and local color. Most was local history, which was very interesting."

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"Fantastic museum dedicated to Spokane Valley history, with great artifacts from the past, and some hands on stuff for the kids. The kids love the phone switch and self-playing piano! Customer service of employees was top-notch, Lisa especially; she makes it so much fun with her stories and accounts!"

- Google Reviewer

"Great museum and tons to discover about local history. They have a great collection to learn all things Spokane Valley (and beyond!). History enthusiasts, writers, genealogists, curious-minded folks will love it here. The staff and volunteers are nice and knowledgeable. Also, it's fun!"

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"I really enjoy this museum. I try to visit once a year. They have a lot of valley history here. If you have ever been curious how a telephone works then you really need to stop also if you like radios they have a section for that."

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"Very interesting. The guided tour was unexpected. The hostess was prepared for our questions and very accommodating. Plan to go back regularly and see what's new or learn more of each of the exhibits. Can stay for a few minutes or sit and read for hours."

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"Excellent museum and super friendly staff. I love the displays and abundance of artifacts. Highly recommend!"

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"This museum is packed with local history. I really enjoyed the pictures of local people and places. The telephone display was fun and interesting. There was a temporary display from the Smithsonian about American workers through history that was well done."

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"This was a good museum which talks about the history of spokane valley and the surrounding area, the staff was very helpful and gave a tour explaining the exhibits. the building is small and well organized and also contains an outdoor farming equipment exhibit."

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Under One Sky, 1800-1890

The Spokane Valley is the ancestral homeland of several Indian tribes, including the Spokane’s and the Coeur d’Alene’s.
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.

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Farming in the Valley

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.

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Communications Corner

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.