Discover gems you never knew existed during May, Museum Month.
The Neon Garden in the Yakima Valley Museum consists of neon signs popular decades ago in the valley. Bring the whole family to learn about the geological formation of the valley, petrified standing trees found recently in the valley, let the kids play in the Children’s Underground; a re-creation of old time Yakima with interactive displays. View the newest exhibit, Art from the museum collection which has never been shown before. Stop in at Rooster’s Diner the Art Deco designed soda fountain for a 50's style lunch or treat.
Take a ride back in history on the Yakima Valley Trolley. America’s last intact Interurban Electric Railroad. In the early 1900’s the trolley was the major transportation to downtown Yakima and Selah with 44 miles of tracks. Step back in history with a 5 mile ride from the trolley barn in Yakima over the trestle bridge into the City of Selah.
You may not have thought of an Arboretum as a tree museum or a Cactus Garden as an educational experience but both offer insights into what can be grown in the Yakima Valley's dessert climate. Take a walk on the peaceful manicured grounds of the Yakima Area Arboretum. View the surprising vignette's at every turn of the path. You will find a Japanese garden complete with Koi pond and pagoda, a rose garden of delights alongside a gazebo, numerous unusual trees, scampering squirrels and a bird blind. Sign up for one of the regularly scheduled educational programs and don’t forget to visit the gift shop.
The Hillside Dessert Botanical Garden features cactus hardy enough to survive the winters in the Yakima Valley. The prime time to see the cactus is when they are in full bloom from mid-May to mid-June. Started as a backyard hobby in 1981, this garden has grown to over ½ acre and draws people from all over the Pacific Northwest. Cactus starts for landscaping are available for sale.
The Northern Pacific Railway Museum, built in 1911 has been restored to recreate the ambience of the 1930‘s railroad. Take the tour, view artifacts of the era, and talk to the volunteer restoring Northern Pacific Engine #1364, also known as a Ten Wheeler.
Did you know hops have been grown in the Yakima Valley by Alexander Graham Bell and Gardiner Greene Hubbard, the founding president of the National Geographic Society? Did you know the Yakima Valley Produces 78% of the hops sold in the USA? You will learn these and other facts about the Yakima Valley production of hops at the American Hop Museum in Toppenish. Take a tour thru the museum, see the hop harvesting equipment, then, go see hops being grown beside Balebreaker Brewing Co while you sample craft beer made from local hops.
May is Museum Month in the Yakima Valley! Enter for a chance to win a museum and theater getaway. This package for two specifically includes an overnight at the Oxford Suites Hotel, entry to 2 museums, 2 tickets to an available performance at the Capitol Theatre, 4th Street Theatre or Seasons Performance Hall . The drawing for our Museums & Theater Getaway Giveaway is June 1st. You must live 75 miles or more away from zip code 98901 to win.