Public tours can be arranged throughout the year. The museum's suggested donation is $5.00 per person. The museum offers tours for nursing homes, adult groups, small and large groups, handicap persons, developmentally disabled visitors, home-school students, daycare, YMCA students, walk-thru tours, driving tours and many other ones. A tour can be adapted to your group needs.
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The Ag Museum offers walking tours of all the buildings and the displays. When you come to the museum for this tour, please sign in at the Visitorís Center and pick up a copy of the walking tour booklet. The walking tour booklet has a description of each building on the tour, and the buildings are also in number sequence in the booklet.
As you arrive at the Museum grounds, you will need to stop at the Host Living Quarters. You will then sign up for the driving tour and you will receive a booklet of the tour to use.
The tour is marked with green driving signs that you can follow to the driving display area to view the living history of agriculture in Central Washington. This area is setup so you can read the signs on both sides while traveling down the aisles, enabling people on larger buses to view similar equipment at the same time.
After you complete the driving tour and return to the Visitor Center, you may want to stop and view several displays along the way. There is a working sawmill, the Lindemann Building, the Farmstead, a blacksmith shop, a living quarters building and much more.
The driving tour display was put together by volunteers with over 5,000 hours of volunteer work on this one project. We also appreciate your feedback on this tour.
School tours and educational programs are from the first Thursday and Friday in April, through the first Thursday and Friday in June. You may request special education tour dates by contacting us.
We look forward to the privilege of helping to educate students about the agricultural history within Central Washington and the ways of life associated with it. The Ag Museum Tours are an educational journey in our agricultural history. The tours are always enjoyed by young and old alike. The students will have lots of fun, along with learning the history and heritage of the Yakima Valley.
There are many trails stemming directly out of the Ag Museum grounds. Hike along Ahtanum Creek and then head up Ahtanum Ridge for a spectacular view of the valley and the museum!
The blacksmithing demonstration may be seen during the Annual Expo the third weekend in August, and during Old Town Days on Fatherís Day weekend, when the Civil War Reenactment group is at the Ag Museum for the "Battle of the Gap" demonstration.
Your financial support helps keep the museum open and helps preserve the agriculural history of the Yakima Valley.The Museum's operating funds come primarily from membership and memorial donations. Check out our membership page or donation page to help out. Looking to volunteer to help out with tours, field trips or other museum activities? Visit our volunteer page to learn more. Questions? Give us a call at 509.457.8735.