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Museums in Pasco, Washington
There are many different types of museums to feast your mind on when in Pasco Washington. Pasco is one of the cities that make up the Tri-Cities region in Washington. Besides the museums that are already well-established, there are plans for a new and interesting museums. The fruit packer situated behind the Dade City Business Center, Citrus Country Groves, has plans to open a citrus museum soon. The new citrus museum will be on the premises of the old Pasco Beverage plant, and will contain a small theatre and a catwalk built through the packing plant so visitors will see how citrus is packaged today. There will also be plenty of industry memorabilia on display.
Washington State Railroads Historical Society Museum
Already established, the Washington State Railroads Historical Society Museum is situated in North Tacoma Avenue in Pasco. This museum is well-placed in the city of Pasco considering Pasco was historically a railroad town. In this museum you will find an abundance of old rail cars, old motor cars, as well as old steam locomotives. One of the features that this museum is extremely proud of is the oldest steam locomotive in the state – the Blue Mountain.
The Washington State Railroads Historical Society Museum is open on Saturdays between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Group tours are welcome, although you do need to make an advance appointment for these. Locals can contact the museum on telephone number 543-4159. Anyone living outside the city of Pasco can call the museum on 1-800-465-5430.
Franklin County Historical Museum
Another prominent museum in Pasco is the Franklin County Historical Museum. This museum can be found in 4th Avenue. The museum is located in the Carnegie Library Building, and displays much of the local history. Displays include themes pertaining to railroading, river and air transportation, agriculture and of course, to local history.
The Franklin County Historical Museum also has detailed displays relating to the various local Indian tribes. Visiting hours are from Tuesdays to Saturdays – between the hours of 1pm to 5pm during the week, and between the hours of 10am to 5pm on Saturdays. Admission is free, and there is a gift shop on the premises where you can buy local history books, children’s gifts and other nick-knacks. The museum can be contacted on telephone number 509-547-3714.
Three Rivers Children's Museum
A very different type of museum can also be found in Pasco – the Three Rivers Children’s Museum. The museum is an educational resource for children that complements school learning. You can be assured of a safe environment for your children here, and the museum is conveniently open all year round. Amongst other things, exhibits include a computer lab, a creative kitchen, a reading loft and a puppet theatre.
The museum charges a small admission fee that is reduced per person when a group booking for 18 or more children is made. For current rates it is best to contact the museum directly. It is also advisable to contact the museum for visiting hours, as this changes according to the season. The Three Rivers Children’s Museum is located in Outlet Drive in Pasco, and can be contacted on telephone number 509-543-7866.
With all these museums and more to choose from, you could be kept quite busy when visiting Pasco! Both locals and out-of-town visitors are equally welcome at any of the museums. Would you would like to spend your time both having fun and being educated?
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