Where | Phones | How Much | Hours | Why | Accessibility | Who

Where:

  • Directions:
    From Interstate 5 -- North or Southbound:
    Take Exit 230 for Anacortes -- State Route 20 West.
    Follow Route 20 into Anacortes.
    You will be traveling North on Commercial Avenue.
    • Carnegie Gallery:
      Turn left at the light at 8th & Commercial
      Proceed West three blocks to:
      1305 8th Street
      Corner of 8th & M
      Second Floor
    • Research Library:
      Turn left at the light at 8th & Commercial
      Proceed West three blocks to:
      1305 8th Street
      Corner of 8th & M
      First Floor
    • W.T.Preston:
      Turn right at 7th & Commercial
      Proceed East two blocks to R Avenue.
      Turn right on R and park.
      703 R Avenue
      Adjacent to Cap Sante Marina and Railroad Depot.
  • Museum Mailing Address:
    1305 8th Street
    Anacortes WA 98221

Phones:

  • Carnegie Gallery:
    (360) 293-1915
  • Research Library:
    (360) 293-1915
  • W.T. Preston:
    (360) 293-1915

How much:

  • Carnegie Gallery:
    Admission by suggested donation of $2.00
  • Research Library:
    Research fees may apply, depending upon the nature of the request.
    Copies of written materials and photographs may be obtained for a fee.
  • W.T.Preston:
    Admission: Adults $2; Seniors & Youth 8-16 $1 ; Under 8 Free.
    School or Group Tours of ten or more may schedule interpreters and receive group admission rates.

Hours:

  • Carnegie Gallery:
    Open Year-Round
    Thursday - Monday
    1 - 5 p.m.
  • Research Library:
    Open Year-Round
    Open Monday, Thursday, and Friday.
    (A research assistant is available these days).
    1 - 5 p.m.
    Other times by appointment.
  • W.T.Preston:
    7 days a week, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
    Weekends, April, May and September
    Open 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    Open other times of the year by appointment.

Why:

  • Museum History:
    Founded in 1958 and established at the Carnegie Library Building in 1967, the Museum is owned by the City of Anacortes. In 1983, following a successful bid the City of Anacortes was granted the right to acquire the W.T. PRESTON as part of the Anacortes Museum..
  • Our Mission Statement:
    • The Anacortes Museum exists to promote and inspire an understanding and an appreciation of the heritage of Fidalgo and Guemes Islands.

      As a forum for the historical inquiry, the Museum presents history through interpretive programs, exhibitions, research, and the active acquisition of local history collections. In conjunction with educational programs, special events, and publications, these activities are designed to engage and enrich the individual and the community while also providing people with connections to the past and future.

      The Museum advances the use of history as a tool for the development of the community and cultivates an awareness of historic preservation. To fulfill this mission, the Museum strives to nurture in the community a pride in place and an identity that has a foundation in an understanding of the role and value of history in our society.

Accessibility:

    Because the Museum structures are on the National Register of Historic Places our efforts at providing access for Physically Challenged visitors are necessarily limited. The Museum is actively seeking to solve accessibility issues to provide all visitors the best experience possible. Any accessibility comments or questions should be addressed to the Museum Director.
  • Carnegie Gallery:
    The Carnegie Gallery is located on the second floor of the Museum Building. Because of the limited accessibilty to the Gallery, we have a multimedia show on the Gallery's contents available in the first floor Research Library.
  • Research Library:
    Physically Challenged visitors may park in the blue zone and enter at the side entrance of the Museum building.
  • W.T.Preston:
    The PRESTON is accessible on the main deck only, the majority of the vessel. Blue zone parking is available on R Avenue.

Who:

  • Staff
    • Museum Director: Karen Marshall
    • Curator of Collections and Interpretation: Garry Cline
    • Registrar (part-time): Cathy Carmody
    • Museum Educator (part-time): Terry Slotemaker
  • Whom Should I Contact?
    • Research Inquiries: Terry Slotemaker
    • Gallery Educational Programs or Tours: Terry Slotemake
    • W.T.Preston programs or tours: Garry Cline
    • Donations to the Collection: Garry Cline or Cathy Carmody
    • General Information:Cathy Carmody or Karen Marshall
    • To Volunteer: Karen Marshall
    • Information about the Anacortes Museum Fondation: Barbara Hansen 293-5220

     


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