The Renton History Museum holds collections donated from 1966 to the present. The Museum's primary collection consists of objects, photographs, and archival materials relating to greater Renton's industrial, civic, and cultural past. The objects in the collection range in age from prehistoric times to the present day, and include archaeological, ethnological, and historical objects. The Museum also housed two secondary collections: a reference library and an education collection.
Like thousands of cities and towns across the U.S. Renton fully mobilized to support the war effort, sending its young men off to foreign battlefields. But war mobilization also involved mothers and nurses and farmers and draft board workers, too.…Read More »
If you had to sum up the rich variety of Renton's history in 75 objects - what would you choose? This exhibit, curated and installed by UW Museology students, uses unique artifacts and photos from the Museum's collection to help the visitor…Read More »
In March 2017 the Renton History Museum will begin hosting the traveling exhibit Sorting Out Race: examining racial identity & stereotypes in thrift store donations. We are excited to host Sorting Out Race and provide an array of programs that…Read More »
With the help of the Renton Municipal Arts Commission, Guest Curator Amy Elizabeth Gorton from the Musueology Graduate Program at the University of Washington designed a collaborative exhibit that explores the idea and perception of time. Her…Read More »
The Museum’s fourth collaboration with Renton High School takes center stage in February 2014. Sophomore Honors English students, under the direction of teachers Derek Smith and Brea Lawson, visited the Museum three times in October to learn…Read More »
Pioneers, Professionals & Politicians: Groundbreaking Women From Renton's Past Since the beginning of our country, women have been fighting for equal representation alongside their male counterparts. It has taken bold, confident women to blaze…Read More »