While the Anacortes Museum facilities are closed indefinitely to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, many museum resources are available on their website.
A great new feature is online Anacortes American newspapers, and more recent years (1989 to 1996) have just been added in March. Search and browse old Anacortes newspapers, including the Northwest Enterprise (1882 – 1887) and the Anacortes American (1890 – 1923 and more coming soon). An “influenza” keyword search for the year 1918 will bring up articles on how Anacortes dealt with that pandemic.
Here is a list of Anacortes Museum activities you can do from home or anywhere:
Their photo database has over 55,000 keyword searchable photographs, representing the artifacts in the Online Anacortes Museum Collection. You can browse random images or search for “salmon cannery” or “Anacortes veneer” and fine tune your results. Also, you can help us identify, add to and correct our photo descriptions by clicking the “send feedback” tab on website photographs.
The new Anacortes Museum Channel on YouTube has local historic films and new museum features.
Anacortes High School Rhododendron yearbooks are available to browse online.
Check out the online exhibits. We’ve posted a greatest hits of past exhibits.
Museum staff will be available by phone and email during normal business hours, but the facilities will be accessible to city staff only. No onsite volunteer hours until further notice, but remote volunteering is possible. The Museum will not be accepting artifacts for the collection or other materials until further notice.