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Renton History Museum

Parent Category: Museums
in Renton
Created: 11 February 2014

Address: 235 Mill Avenue South, Renton, WA  98057

Phone: 425-255-2330

Web Site: http://rentonwa.gov/rentonhistorymuseum/

Winter Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Admission: Adults - $3, Children - $1

Free Admission: First Wednesday and third Saturday of every month.


Photos below will take you on a virtual tour around the Renton History Museum. Watch and enjoy!


The Renton History Museum is a community center that represents the heritage and history of the city of Renton. Visitors of the museum will enjoy the exhibits that represent cultural, industrial and social life and past of the city. There are more than 90,000 historical objects and more than 15,000 photos that represent the life of the city.

The main goal of the Renton History Museum is to document and preserve different historical facts about the city. The museum also tries to educate and engage people of all ages.

As for the collections, there are different historical objects that include furniture, clothing and other artifacts that tell a lot about the life of the city. All the pictures that are exhibited here represent the life of the period 1880-1940. 

Visitors of the Renton History Museum will have the opportunity to visit the Museum’s Research Room. Here you will enjoy the collection of local newspapers dated back to 1930-1980, high school yearbooks, city directories and other interesting artifacts. Visitors of the museum may also hear 145 interesting oral histories, the collection of which is getting bigger every year.

Several words should be said about the building of the Museum. It is an Art Deco-style building constructed in 1942, where a former fire station was situated. 

Educational programs are offered to the 4th graders and 8th graders. 4th graders will explore interesting facts about Coast Salish-Duwamish life. 8th graders will listen to the history of the local coal mining.


The Museum is ADA accessible.

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Parking
  • Restrooms

All the visitors may get digital photos and oral histories for a fee.


From the North

Take Exit 4 from I-405 South, going to Sunset Boulevard Northeast. Turn right on Bronson Way North. Cross the Cedar River and turn left onto Mill Avenue South. The Museum will be on the right.

From the South

Take Exit 2 from I-405 North. Turn right on Grady Way at the traffic light, continue your way and turn left on Main Avenue, cross the railroad tracks and continue till the intersection with Third Street. The Museum is on the left.


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Photo Editing: Pavlo Petryshyn

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