The museum building has two floors. The upper floor features an exhibit gallery which offers temporary rotating displays 3-5 times a year. The upper level also houses the gift shop, administrative offices, local history library and an extensive photography archive. The public is encouraged to use the research library with an advance appointment.
The ground floor consists of permanent displays detailing the history of Edmonds and interpreting the many changes that have taken place, from the age of exploration and discovery, through the founding and growth of the city, and up to the 1950s when the last mill closed. Highlights of the exhibit include a reconstruction of a room from the 1894 Stevens Hotel, and a working model of a shingle mill, representative of the mills that filled the waterfront at the turn of the century.
Thank you for visiting us! This web site continues to evolve into a more interactive community space, and we hope you will spend some time reading about our exhibits, programs and events, and stop by to see us in person soon.
We are proud of the exhibits were create each year, and are constantly looking for ways to interpret and present Edmonds and South Snohomish County history. Aside from our exhibits, we continue to look for ways to be involved in the community. Whether it's our summer market, Art Walk, the tree lighting or our popular Haunted Museum even, we strive to connect with the people outside our doors. We welcome more than 5,000 people through our doors for exhibits, research and special events each year, and we encourage even more to join the conversation here or on our social media pages.
For the past two years, we have joined efforts with the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) to complete a Museum Assessment Program and work to make improvements that will better the museum and historical society. Essentially, we are taking steps to ensure that we're taking care of our collection as well as possible, have policies and procedures in place for the future, manage for growth effectively, live out our mission statement, and strive to meet national standards. This is a long-term project that will hopefully result in national accreditation of the museum. For more information on AAM or their accreditation process, go to aam-us.org.