Olympic Park History & Museums: Lake Quinault Museum, Washington

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Lake Quinault Museum

The Lake Quinault Museum provides an in-depth look at the history and traditions of the Quinault region of the Olympic Peninsula through documents, photos, artifacts, and more. Read More

What can I see and do at the Lake Quinault Museum?

Located in the Old Quinault Post Office, this small regional museum – like many in the area – displays artifacts and photos that will help you learn more about the history of the Quinault area, which is at the southwestern edge of the Olympic Peninsula.

The Lake Quinault Museum sits on the south shore of the lake itself and attests to the rich Native American history and culture of the area, offering exhibits about local tribes, pioneer life, and the historic importance of logging in that region. The centerpiece of the recently renovated museum is a beautiful pair of 24-foot cedar dugout racing canoes, once a common mode of transportation for North American Coastal Indians.

You’ll also enjoy viewing the photographs from the 1920s through the 60s, depicting life in the Lake Quinault region during those decades.

The museum is interesting and is small enough to be manageable even with little children in tow. Be sure to allow about 30 minutes to explore.

Where is the Lake Quinault Museum?

The museum is located at 354 South Shore Road in Quinault. The lake and museum is easily accessible from Highway 101, which wraps around the Olympic National Park. Take 101 to Old Washington 9. Continue for 1.1 miles and take a slight left on South Shore Road.

When is the Lake Quinault Museum open?

The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Memorial Day until Labor Day. The museum’s winter schedule varies.

How much does the Lake Quinault Museum cost?

There is no charge to explore this museum though donations are appreciated.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

For more information or to inquire as to the museum’s winter hours, call 360-288-2583.