Learn about the area’s history and cultural contributions by visiting any one of the many local museums.
Bing Crosby House Museum
508 E. Sharp Ave.
Spokane, WA 99202 509-313-3847
The Crosbyana Room is in the Crosby Student Center at Gonzaga University used to house hundreds of Bing Crosby artifacts honoring the Gonzaga alumnus, until it moved to the Bing Crosby House Museum in 2014. Crosby himself donated some of the items and displays include Crosby’s gold records, awards and his Academy Award for “Going My Way.”
Cheney Historical Museum
420 First St.
Cheney, WA 99004 509-235-2202
The Cheney Historical Museum features changing exhibits on the history of the Marshall, Four Lakes, Cheney, Tyler and Amber districts of southwest Spokane County. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.
Jundt Art Museum
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258 509-313-6611
The Jundt Art Museum houses traveling exhibits and the university’s collections. Art is showcased in the museum’s Jundt Galleries, a 2,800-square-foot gallery; the Arcade Gallery, a 1,288-square-foot lobby for exhibit space; and the Chancellor’s Room, a 1,450-square-foot exhibition lounge. The museum is on the western edge of the Gonzaga University campus, two blocks east of Division Street. Admission to the museum and all museum events are free.
Mobius Children’s Museum
808 W. Main Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201 509-321-7121
This hands-on children’s museum offers educational, fun exhibits. Kids can explore natural science in the Geotopia exhibit or tour a miniature city at Cooper’s Corner. Infants and toddlers can hang out in the Enchanted Forest, which features a tree slide, a foam pond, animal puppets and books. There are various camps and classes offered, as well as birthday parties and after-hours rentals. Visit the website for more information.
Mobius Science Center
311 N. Post St.
Spokane, WA 99201 509-321-7133
The 26,000-square-foot Mobius Science Center features 65 hands-on, interactive science and technology exhibits — topics include physics, optics, acoustics and sound, flight, chemistry, Northwest geology and ecology, chaos theory and more. The Bio Lab features live turtles, insects, snakes, frogs and reptiles. Try the mind ball and compete with your friends by strapping on electronic brain sensors and seeing who can best control a ball with brainwaves. The center offers a variety of camps and classes as well. Visit the website for information on camps for robotics, veterinary medicine, superhero science and more.
North Spokane Farm Museum
6223 W. Ridgeway Road
Deer Park, WA 99006 509-466-2744
“The Red Shed” features farm artifacts from 1850 to 1950. The 5,000-square-foot building houses restored farm equipment such as a pre-1880 wooden hay rake, a working hand pump and a seed separator. The museum also features a working 1950s kitchen and the largest collection of ironstone china in the Pacific Northwest.
Northwest Museum of Art & Culture
2316 W. First Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201 509-456-3931
Enjoy collections and exhibits from regional history, Native American artifacts and fine arts. Five exhibition galleries hold long-term and rotating exhibits. You can also tour the Campbell House, a historic English Tudor Revival-style home that demonstrates life at the turn of the 20th century. Check out the museum store with its assortment of gifts, or have lunch at the cafe. The museum holds special events throughout the year, including a visiting artists lecture series.
Spokane Valley Heritage Museum
12114 E. Sprague Ave.
Spokane Valley, WA 99206 509-922-4570
The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum preserves the culture and history of the Spokane Valley. The museum’s exhibits are constantly changing; for information on current exhibits, visit the museum’s website. The museum also showcases Spokane Valley history with thousands of photographs from 1850 through the present day. Visitors who have specific questions about the area’s history can use the Heritage Seeker, a searchable computer database.