Olympic Park History & Museums: Forks Timber Museum, Washington

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Forks Timber Museum

Situated in the heart of logging country, the Forks Timber Museum provides visitors with a close look at the history of the local timber industry, the tools of the trade, and the “men of the woods”.

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What can I see and do at the Forks Timber Museum?

This 3,200-square-foot museum is small but fascinating. It’s an excellent way for you to learn about the history of the town, which has always been in the thick of the lumber industry of the Olympic Peninsula but is now also known for its connection to the “Twilight” book series.

Inside the museum, you can read newspaper clippings and enjoy photos, books, and videos of loggers of the past, visit a replica bunkhouse, and view late 1800s logging-related equipment, including chain saws, cross-cut saws, and axes. There’s even a list of some fun “logger lingo” the kids will love.

Outside of the Forks Timber Museum, there’s a model of a fire lookout tower that includes additional exhibits, and you can sit in the memorial garden and admire the 10-foot-high cedar statue that was carved by chain saw and honors deceased loggers. Look for nature trails that begin at the museum as well and take a moment to pose at the museum sign for a great keepsake photo.

Where is the Forks Timber Museum?

The museum is located at 1421 South Forks Avenue in the city of Forks, on the west side of the park. Take Highway 101 towards Forks. This highway becomes South Forks Avenue.

When is the Forks Timber Museum open?

The museum is open from mid-April until the end of October. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm.

How much does Forks Timber Museum cost?

There is no entrance fee but donations are suggested.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

Call the museum at 360-374-9663 for additional information.