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In the News / March 12th, 2021

Museum a gem for naval aviation buffs

Deserving of the “best kept secret” tag in the world of military aviation is the PBY-Naval Air Museum in downtown Oak Harbor. This proud little museum is a must for anyone, regardless of age, who appreciates airplanes, history and specifically, naval aviation on Whidbey Island. My grandson and I had a wonderful time at the […]

Looking Back / May 4th, 2020

Museum shares Bill Mitchell documentary online

On May 3, Bill Mitchell Day in Anacortes, our City Museum debuted a documentary film about the late historian and outdoor mural artist. This documentary was produced by Corin Noronha. (Photo is one I took in 2013, altered with “cartoon” effect in tribute to Bill’s countless cartoons.) Click here to link to documentary on YouTube.

Looking Back / April 1st, 2020

Anacortes Museum extends ‘virtual’ invitation

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Anacortes Museum Director Bret Lunsford notes that while the museum is closed indefinitely to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, many resources are available online at: For example, check out a new article on the Anacortes influenza outbreak of 1918, Spanish Influenza in Anacortes by Curator of […]

Photo Gallery / May 11th, 2019

Heritage Museum salutes female aviators

With a nod to Mother’s Day, the Heritage Flight Museum at Bayview Airport opened its doors Saturday to an event spotlighting female aviators from the WWII era. Navy Lt. Slavomira Haywas and her son Taras (pictured) were among those in the audience for numerous fly-bys and a slide presentation about Cornelia Fort. Fort, who ultimately […]

In the News / August 30th, 2018

Museum hosts celebration!

The Anacortes Museum celebrated two big anniversaries on Thursday afternoon: It’s been 50 years since the museum opened in the Carnegie Library building, and 60 years since the Anacortes Museum of History Board was established. In recognition of these milestones, the museum courtyard was redesigned to make it inviting for folks who want to enjoy […]

Photo Gallery / August 15th, 2018

Museum celebrates two anniversaries

Who says a museum can’t be fun?! Join Anacortes Museum’s celebration of two anniversaries on Thursday, August 30. Fifty years ago, the museum opened in the Carnegie Library building, and 60 years ago, the Anacortes Museum of History Board was established. Mayor Anthony Mustacich appointed the first Anacortes Museum of History Board on July 23, […]

Photo Gallery / July 14th, 2018

Museum now 50 years old

Evening sun illuminates daisies at the base of the colorful sign welcoming visitors to the Anacortes Museum. The museum, once a Carnegie Library, is located at 1305 8th Street. This year marks 50 years of service to the community. For details see  

In the News / November 29th, 2017

Oakley retires from museum post

Steve Oakley, museum exhibit creator extraordinaire, will close another chapter in his life this week as he retires from his post as Anacortes Museum Director. Oakley, pictured here in January 2015 with a character from a cannery exhibit, has served the community as museum director for more than a decade. He will be succeeded by […]

In the News / April 21st, 2017

Quilt Show at museum

Open through April 30 is a colorful Quilt Show, a gallery exhibit at the Anacortes Museum. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Closed Monday. Among works pictured here are creations by Anita Luvera Mayer: “Autumn Equinox,” a long, purple vest and “Anniversary Quilt,” created to […]

In the News / August 23rd, 2016

Heritage Flight Museum

It was “Props & Ponies” August 20 at the Heritage Flight Museum at Port of Skagit Airport in Bayview. This fund-raising event featured static displays, fly-bys, children’s activities, food, music … and a collection of 100 Ford Mustangs (to complement the flying “Mustangs”). Pictured here are volunteer emcee Brian McGuiness and pilot USAF Lt. Col. […]

Photo Gallery / January 27th, 2015


Check out the latest Chamber of Commerce e-newsletter, including a feature about the Anacortes Museum. Pictured here is Museum Director Steve Oakley … just hanging out at the cannery exhibit.

Photo Gallery / September 3rd, 2014

Anacortes Museum helps solve mystery

A 28 x 6 foot canvas mural painted by the late William Cumming in 1941 (partial panel pictured here, photo by Eric Chauvin) was saved from a probable trip to the garbage dump recently after being diverted to the fairgrounds by Tony Breckenridge, a long-time Skagit Valley resident who found the mysterious canvas folded and […]

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