Corona Virus Pandemic Update, May 14th, 2020

The museum is still closed for safety – likely until the end of May.  We are hoping to re-open with all necessary precautions when advised by public health experts on how and when to proceed.   In the meantime – stay safe and plan your future visit!

Corona Virus Pandemic, March 18, 2020

For the safety of all during the COVID-19 global pandemic, we have decided to close the Windermere Valley Museum. We will be closed for at least 3 weeks and we hope we may be able to open again on Tuesday, April 7th.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our visitors, members, volunteers, and staff. We know it is important that we help with public efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

These are extraordinary circumstances and we thank you for your patience and understanding. For more information, please leave a message at (250)342-9769 or email [email protected]

Winter 2020 Hours Updated

We are open just one day a week, Tuesdays, from 10 AM to 4 PM in the winter.  We look forward to Monday to Friday in the spring and then 7 days a week summer 2020.  See you soon!

Please note our policy regarding the need for an appointment to carry out research in the museum.

Archives research and viewing
The museum has very limited staffing so if you wish to visit the archives or research other information in the museum, please call ahead to book an appointment. We are open just one day a week in the winter, Tuesdays, and are very busy with museum visitors and programs in the other seasons. This will allow us to give all the help and guidance you need.
Please call (250) 342-9769 and leave a message or write to [email protected] to set up an appointment for your project.

2019 Children’s Program – Cancelled

We are disappointed to tell you that our very successful and popular Children’s Program is canceled this summer.  As a society that depends heavily on donations, grants, and volunteers, we were unpleasantly surprised to learn recently that our application for a summer student was unsuccessful this year.  We look forward to more success in 2020 and hosting the program again in 2020.  We will have fun kids’ activities at the museum and welcome adults and children to explore and play on their own.

Admission by donation

Welcome to the Windermere Valley Museum

Visit soon to explore heritage buildings, view outside exhibits and enjoy grassy shaded grounds with beautiful views of Windermere Lake, the Columbia River and mountains beyond. It is fun and rewarding to volunteer at the museum! Think about it!!

In these pages, you will find information about our museum and the local area to help plan your visit. Enjoy photos of the heritage buildings and exhibits, and read about our programs, events and special exhibits. Learn about our archives, about the services we provide and how you can join us and participate.

The Windermere District Historical Society works through the year receiving new artifacts, improving the archives and photo collections, creating new exhibits, maintaining facilities, publishing newsletters and more. Check back often to keep up with programs, news and changes at the Windermere Valley Museum and Archives!