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Learn about History and Heritage of Washington's First County
Discover Our County's Historical Museums and Societies

Historical Museums and Societies throughout Lewis County bring history to life and help us experience our region and state’s heritage. Discover Lewis County and the Lewis County Historical Museum have partnered to bring the history of Lewis County to you. For a physical version of this map, drop into the Lewis County Historical Museum, the area’s hub for all things history, and branch out throughout our area to discover more about Lewis County's past!

Click or tap anywhere on the map below to get directions on your computer or phone to each corresponding location.

1. SHADY LADY BORDELLO MUSEUM

Location: Centralia // Hours: Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays by appointment

The Shady Lady Bordello Museum is a hidden treasure located in Historic Downtown Centralia. The history of Centralia is fun to learn while walking the halls of the brothel cribs located above The Shady Lady. Don't be surprised if you blush a little as you learn of the ladies who helped make the town a success! Contact Museum Curator Holly Phelps at theshadyladyantiques@yahoo.com or call (360) 736-4333 for further details!

2. KING AGRICULTURE MUSEUM

Location: Centralia // Hours: May 1 - Oct. 1, Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Our museum is about creating memories or reliving memories for folks that visit. We showcase agriculture, logging, nautical, local history and related items like tractors (over 70), toys, old farm tools, logging tools, train memorabilia and equipment. Enjoy our interactive displays for adults and children. We maintain a historical library with information and books on logging, tools, and tractors. Visit kingagmuseum.com or call (360) 701-7525 for more. Open in winter by appointment; call for details.

3. LEWIS COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Location: Chehalis // Hours: See below

The Lewis County Historical Museum is the primary repository and historical society chronicling the storied history of Lewis County, Washington. As the “Mother of All Counties,” Lewis County’s history spans from the stories and legacy of the Chehalis and Cowlitz tribes, to the arrival of white settlers in the 1820’s, through the current history of the railroads and timber mills. At the museum, we preserve and promote the history of the county through our vast digitization, educational, and preservation programs.

The museum is open throughout the year on two schedules: from Memorial Day to Labor Day, hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; all other times of year, open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit lewiscountymuseum.org or call (360) 748-0831 for more info.

4. VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM

Location: Chehalis // Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (call ahead)

The museum covers the history and evolution of the motorcycle with both original and renovated models. It is a two-story unique collection of original and fully restored pre-1916 Indians, Harley-Davidsons, Excelsior, Pierces, Emblem, Thor, Henderson, Sears, Yale, Reading Standard, and more. The collection also includes a Neracar, Imp Car, and an assortment of bicycles, including an example of the first American-made bicycle from the 1800's. Visit antiquemotorcycles.net or call (360) 748-3472.

5. VETERANS MEMORIAL MUSEUM

Location: Chehalis // Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (also open Sundays from 1 - 5 p.m. from June to Labor Day)

The Veterans Memorial Museum is dedicated to the men and women who have honorably served our nation in the Armed Forces, during peacetime and war, so we might enjoy the freedoms we have today. The Museum has over 9,000 square feet of display space and 85 display cases that feature the stories and artifacts of veterans from the Revolutionary War to Modern Day. In addition to the gallery, the Museum also holds events intended to bring honor and healing to our veterans. Call (360) 740-8875 or visit veteransmuseum.org for more info.

6. CHEHALIS-CENTRALIA RAILROAD & MUSEUM

Location: Chehalis // Hours: See Below

Ride history on the 1916 logging locomotive, a Baldwin with a 2-8-2 wheel arrangement, which once worked for the Cowlitz, Chehalis and Cascade Railroad. Several special rides take place throughout the year, including the Pumpkin Trains around harvest and Halloween, and the ever-popular Santa Steam Train and Polar Express Train.

The steam train is open on a regular basis on Saturday and Sunday from May through September. Rides are at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Special trains also run throughout the year, so visit steamtrainride.com or call (360) 748-9593 for more info.

7. WINLOCK HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Location: Winlock // Hours: Email for details

Our goal is to gather historical photos of Winlock to preserve, restore and share. The recently restored Winlock Historical Museum located in the old fire station, showcases the region’s roots in the timber and poultry industries with exhibits providing a vivid glimpse of yesteryear. Email winlockmuseum@live.com for more info.

8. THE RENEGADE ROOSTER WINLOCK HISTORY COLLECTION

Location: Winlock // Hours: Call to see if open or to book an appointment

558 Rhoades Road, Winlock, WA 98596

-The private museum contains items of every size and description that in some way tells the story of Winlock and its place in Lewis County history. The items include a Winlock Egg Day display, local loggers display, old-school memorabilia and much more. Visit www.renegaderooster.com, or call museum owner and curator Roy Richards at (360) 785-3120 or (360) 785-4433 for more info.

9. TOLEDO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Location: Toledo // Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (call ahead)

Preserving the storied history of Toledo, the Toledo Historical Society actively encourages the preservation of the small community's heritage while expanding its collections and acquiring a permanent facility. The mission of the Toledo Historical Society is to preserve, document, promote and educate the public about the heritage history of the greater Toledo area.

10. COWLITZ RIVER VALLEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Location: Morton // Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (7 days a week in summer)

CRVHM preserves the varied and rich heritage of rural East Lewis County, including the early logging, mining and railroad industry memorabilia. Located in the restored Morton Depot, the Museum is currently expanding into another interpretive and information center. For more information visit mortondepot.com or call (360) 496-0070.

11. MOUNT RAINIER SCENIC RAILROAD & LOGGING MUSEUM

Location: Elbe // Hours: Call or check website

-Explore the world’s largest collection of steam locomotives and growing number of exhibits at the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum located in Elbe, WA. This exciting steam train excursion begins at Elbe and takes passengers out of town and through the thick forests, mountain streams, and glacial fed waters of the Upper Nisqually River toward the Museum at Mineral. View a close up picture of the beautiful Mount Rainier while experiencing life on a steam train and at an authentic railroad logging camp. Visit www.mtrainierrailroad.com or call (360) 569-7959.

12. WHITE PASS COUNTRY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Location: Packwood // Hours: Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.; from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Thursday - Saturday noon - 5 p.m.

12990 Highway 12, Packwood, WA 98361

-Located in the historic former Packwood Elementary School, the museum covers the history of the Packwood area and the Big Bottom Valley. The WPCHM maintains exhibits on the underwater town of Kosmos and Riffe to the growth and development of Packwood. Visit whitepasscountrymuseum.org or call (360) 494-4422 for more info.

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