Anacortes, Washington
Street Address
1305 8th Street
Anacortes, WA 98221
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 547
Anacortes, WA 98221
Thursday - Monday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Museum Type(s)
Steve Oakley, Museum Director
phone: 360-293-1915

Exhibits & educational programming related to Fidalgo & Guemes Islands. National Historic Landmark vessel, the W.T. Preston sternweel snagboat available for tours at 7th and R Ave.. Special collections library & archives.


Founded in 1958 and established at the Carnegie Library building in 1967, the Museum is a department of the City of Anacortes. In 1983, following a successful bid, the City acquired the National Historic Landmark, the W.T. PRESTON, as part of the Anacortes Museum. In 2005, the Snagboat Heritage Center opened to interpret the history of the W.T. PRESTON and the two boats that preceded it.

Research Collections

Current Exhibit Our current exhibit showcases the extensive photos collected by former newspaperman and city historian Wallie Funk. Featured are noted photographers such as James Booen, David Ewing, Ferd Brady, Charles Judd, Glenn Davis and others. The exhibit includes both historical and later-day images of Fidalgo and Guemes Islands, telling a pictorial story of the troubles and triumphs, the people and places, of our community.

Educational Programs

Each year the Museum features its popular “Winter Talk Series,” which includes six presentations on the cultural and natural heritage of Fidalgo and Guemes Islands. Museum staff are also available to give talks upon request.


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: No

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